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David Randolph Smith

Education

Harvard University (B.A., cum laude, 1975; Rhodes Scholar finalist); University of Texas at Austin (J.D., with honors, 1978). Order of the Coif. Texas Law Review, 1977-1978.

Experience

David Randolph Smith has been a trial attorney for 38 years and was a professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School (1983-1988) teaching torts, evidence and professional responsibility. He testified in the 100th Congress as an expert witness on products liability law. In 2006 he obtained a record $7.2 million verdict in a wrongful death case in Warren County, Tennessee.  In 2014 he served as plaintiffs’ counsel against pharmaceutical company Endo Health Solutions who agreed to pay $193 million to settle a qui tam case. Mr. Smith served as plaintiffs’ counsel in the Tri-State Crematory class action litigation against Georgia Farm Bureau($80 million judgment) and represented class members who also received and additional $36 million in settlements.

He has been recognized by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America in Personal Injury Litigation and as one of the Best Lawyers in Tennessee. He has tried over 100 cases in state and federal courts throughout the nation, in Tennessee, Texas, Missouri, Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Mississippi, Florida, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia, Montana, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Washington D.C.

Certifications

Medical Malpractice Specialist by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization.

Admissions

Texas (1978); Tennessee (1985); U.S. District Courts (Middle, Eastern and Western  Districts of Tennessee; Southern District of Texas; Western District of Michigan); Courts of Appeals (Fifth Circuit; Sixth Circuit); U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Claims Court.

Personal Activities

First and foremost my wife and three sons and their lives and activities. Running (Boston Marathon, New York City Marathon; best marathon time: 2 hours 48 minutes; best finish: 10th in Galveston marathon), yoga, gardening and cooking.

David is a certified yoga teacher (RYT 200) and teaches power yoga Vinyāsa at the Sanctuary for Yoga studio in Nashville  since 2010.

drs@drslawfirm.com
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