David E. Smith

David E. Smith (Sacramento, California)

David E. Smith

Attorney in Sacramento, CA

Professional Experience

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated Attorney

In his 30-year legal career, attorney David Smith has learned that when people are seriously injured, or have lost a family member because of someone's negligence or carelessness, they want their attorney to possess three essential qualities: Experience, Compassion, and Integrity, as well as a track record of proven results in tough cases in the courtroom.

David's experience spans decades of providing aggressive and effective advocacy for seriously injured plaintiffs throughout California and all 50 states. In recognition of his many significant jury verdicts and settlements in a wide range of serious injury cases, David Smith has been selected for membership in ABOTA, the American Board of Trial Advocacy. Membership in ABOTA is an honor which is granted only to those advocates and trial attorneys who are recognized by their peers in the legal community to possess the highest level of trial advocacy skills and professional ethics.

Traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, paralysis, burns, medical malpractice, disability discrimination, birth injuries, nursing home and elder abuse, and medication error cases are among the most complex and challenging types of personal injury cases for an attorney to effectively litigate or take to jury trial. The trial attorney must master the complex medical issues, communicate to the jury the catastrophic effect of serious injuries upon human lives, and possess the ability to credibly establish the financial loss and damages, emotional trauma, and pain and suffering experienced by accident victims.

David is widely recognized and respected for his hard-earned medical and pharmaceutical knowledge and experience. He has been a frequent lecturer to other attorneys, as well as to health care providers, on a wide range of medical topics and the handling of complex medical issues. This experience provides him with a keen understanding of the causes as well as the long term consequences of catastrophic physical injuries.

He has lectured on a wide range of medical-legal issues including the cross examination of medical expert witnesses, the effective presentation of medical evidence at trial, medication and drug errors, the trial of medical and pharmacy malpractice cases, internet medical research, and medical technology, including the obtaining and effective use of electronic medical records (EMR).

Most importantly, David puts his experience and expansive medical knowledge to work for each and every one of his clients to insure that they receive the maximum compensation possible for their injuries and losses.

Professional Associations

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) - Member, 2005 - 2011

Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) - Member, 1990 - 2011

· 2010 - Recipient CAOC Award of Merit

· 2010 - 2011 - At Large Member Board of Directors

· 2005 - 2009 - Member Board of Governors

Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association (CCTLA) - Member, 1990 - 2011

· 1994 - 2011 - Board of Directors

· 2001 - President

· 2003 - Award of Merit

San Francisco Trial Lawyers (SFTLA) - Member, 2009 - 2011

American Association for Justice (AAJ) - Member, 1990 - 2011
- Formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)

Co-Chair Pharmacy Liability Litigation Section, 2009

Community Service

· Sacramento Child Advocates (SCA) - 2008 - 2010 Member - Developmental Board

· Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA) - 2011

866-967-6541
Client Rating N/A
Peer Rating 4.7 of 5

Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Serious Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Defamation Cases
  • Birth Injury / Cerebral Palsy
  • Kaiser Medical Malpractice
  • Medication Errors
  • Pharmacy Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Negligence & Elder Abuse
  • Truck, Automobile, Motorcycle and Bicycle Accidents
  • Dangerous Drugs
  • Defective Medical Devices
  • Premises Liability and Falls
  • Burns and Propane Explosions

Peer Reviews (14)

Peer Reviews (14)
AV Rated
4.7/5.0
Peer Rating
 
High Ethical Standard
Medical Malpractice, Civil Practice, Accidents, Medical Liability, Mass Torts, Products Liability, Class Actions, Personal Injury, Product Defects and Civil Litigation
Areas of Practice
Legal Knowledge
Legal Knowledge
4.8/5
Analytical Capabilities
Analytical Capabilities
4.8/5
Judgment
Judgment
4.6/5
Communication Ability
Communication Ability
4.6/5
Legal Experience
Legal Experience
4.9/5
Peer Reviews (14)
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Of Counsel on 07/03/09
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
4/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
4/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Partner on 07/03/09
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
4/5
Communication Ability
4/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Partner on 07/03/09
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Partner on 07/03/09
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Partner on 07/03/09
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Partner on 07/03/09
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
David's legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, communication skills and legal experince are outstanding. Very few lawyers in the state and nation are at his level. He is an excellent teacher and lecturer. He contributes a great deal of his time to teaching young lawyers through his excellent seminars put on by CAOC [Consumer Advocates of California] and the Capitol City Trial Lawyers. He continues to be an enthusiastic student of the law and studies it constantly.
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Partner on 06/25/09
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Mr. Smith is a competent, experienced attorney. He works hard and he is reasonable in his dealing with other counsel. He is honest and straightforward.
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Partner on 06/17/09
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
See my comments regarding product defects. Those comments apply here.
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Partner on 06/17/09
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
See my comments regarding products defects. Those comments apply here.
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Partner on 06/17/09
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
See my comments regarding products liability. Those comments apply here.
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Partner on 06/17/09
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
David Smith is recognized throughout the state as one of the best personal injury, products defects and medical malpractice attorneys in California. He participates in and contributes his time and expertise to many professional organizations including Capitol City Trial Lawyers and CAOC. His knowledge of medicine, physiology, orthopedics, and neurology exceeds that of any attorney I have met in 30 years of practice.
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Managing Partner on 06/17/09
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
David has always been very analytic and thorough in his thinking and he is especially good with complex matters.
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
4.0/5.0 Posted by a Managing Partner on 06/25/09
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
3/5
Analytical Capabilities
4/5
Judgment
3/5
Communication Ability
4/5
Legal Experience
4/5
3.0/5.0 Posted by a Partner on 06/17/09
Legal Knowledge
4/5
Analytical Capabilities
4/5
Judgment
2/5
Communication Ability
2/5
Legal Experience
4/5
*Individual reviews provided before 2009 are not displayed

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Partner
Admission Details
Admitted in 1976, California
Law School Attended
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Class of 1976
J.D.
Traynor Honor Society
University Attended
University of San Francisco
Class of 1970
B.A.
Birth Information
Born in 1948
Born Great Falls, Montana, August 23, 1948

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Smith Zitano Law Firm LLP
641 Fulton Avenue, Suite 200,
Sacramento, CA 95825-4869
U.S.A.
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866-967-6541
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916-333-5933
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David E. Smith
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Smith Zitano Law Firm LLP
641 Fulton Avenue, Suite 200,
Sacramento, CA 95825-4869

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