DRS Law Attorney David Randolph Smith

David Randolph Smith

David Randolph Smith is a respected Nashville Tennessee personal injury lawyer with decades of experience. As a seasoned Nashville injury lawyer, David Randolph Smith has successfully argued Tennessee personal injury lawsuits before the Tennessee Supreme Court.

David Randolph Smith has been a trial attorney for 40 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.

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons, sharing in their lives and activities. He is also an experienced marathon runner (Boston Marathon, New York City Marathon; Best marathon time: 2 hours 48 minutes; Best finish: 10th in Galveston marathon). Other hobbies include yoga, gardening and cooking.


Harvard University (B.A., cum laude, 1975; Rhodes Scholar finalist); University of Texas at Austin (J.D., with honors, 1978). [1]


Medical Malpractice Specialist by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. [2]


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.