Washington Chapter
American Board of Trial Advocates

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J.D. Smith is a proud Texas born Trial Lawyer. His area of expertise is plaintiff's personal injury. Prior to and during law school J.D. worked as a claims adjuster and underwriter. It was a natural transition for him to practice law in the personal injury area. J.D. has tried forty nine civil jury cases to verdict and completed over one hundred arbitrations. J.D. is a former member of the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates and a former President of the Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. In 2011, J.D. was admitted into the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). ABOTA is an honor organization, membership is by invitation only and nominees must be approved by 75% of the membership.

He has been consistently named a Super Lawyer by Washington Law & Politics since 2004. He is also Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a regular instructor with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and the National Business Institute (NBI).

He has served on several boards including the Washington State Association of Justice, the King County Bar Foundation, Minority and Justice Commission and in his early practice on the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association. J.D. completed six terms on the Loren Miller Bar Association Board of Directors (LMBA is the local affiliate of the National Bar Association). He also completed a three year term on the Northwest African American Museum Board of Directors. He obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas. The TWU Law School was acquired by Texas A & M so JD is now an Aggie. During law school J.D. served as Vice President of the Student Bar Association, Chairman of the Moot Court Honors Society and as Chancellor of the Order of Barristers. He was also Vice-President of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and Communications Director for the Regional BLSA.

During their annual convention in 2015, the Washington State Association of Justice (WSAJ) presented J.D. with their Professionalism Award. The Award is given to a lawyer who, by conduct and leadership, promotes professionalism and brings dignity and pride to the legal profession by promoting civility, courtesy and honor among lawyers.

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