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William B Smith 
44 Montgomery Street
Suite 3340
San Francisco, California 94104-4806
 

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Phone: 888-745-2988 (Toll Free)
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Fax: 415-421-0912
Web site: http://www.sports-injury-lawyer.com
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William Smith has been a trial attorney representing consumers in San Francisco since 1973.  By reading his lawyer profile you can learn about his extensive background.  You will be able to see how active he is in key legal organizations and in teaching other lawyers and law students how to successfully develop cases to maximize the outcome for their clients.  Over the last 41 years he has represented clients up and down the State of California, all over the United States, Canada and Europe.

Mr. Smith specializes in major personal injury and wrongful death cases and only represents victims. Mr. Smith does this because he has always fought for the underdog who needs someone in his or her corner to go up against the major corporations, public entities and insurance companies who would otherwise roll over those less powerful or influential. He tends to think that he can help level out the playing field for his clients. Mr. Smith carefully selects his cases and clients looking for matters where he can make a difference. He then personally handles all of his cases. 

Mr. Smith has been included in the national publication The Best Lawyers in America for the last 20 years.  He was named the Best San Francisco Personal Injury Litigator for San Francisco by The Best Lawyers publication for 2011. 

Mr. Smith has been selected to be in the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Northern California for every year the publication has existed and has been selected to be one of the top 500 plaintiffs' lawyers in the nation by Lawdragon Magazine for 2006-2008. Mr. Smith believes in paying back the system and has devoted himself to teaching trial practice courses at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and Stanford University Law School. He also serves as a Pro Tem judge in two Bay Area counties.

He is one of a handful of lawyers in California who has been honored by being elected by his peers to be a member of the four key national trial lawyer organizations: The American Board of Trial Advocates, The American College of Trial Lawyers, The International Academy of Trial Lawyers and The International Society of Barristers.

Mr. Smith also frequently acts as a mediator and has mediated cases involving millions of dollars.

Honors and Awards: 
 
     Elected to American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
 
     Elected to American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL)
 
     Elected to International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL)
 
     Elected to International Society of Barristers (ISOB)
 
     Elected to Litigation Counsel of America (LCA)
 
     Selected to be listed in Best Lawyers in America for the last 20 years
          -Named "Personal Injury Litigator of the Year" for San Francisco in the 2011 edition
    of San Francisco's Best Lawyers, The Definitive Guide to Legal Representation in
    the Greater San Francisco Area
 
     Selected to be a "Northern California SuperLawyer by San Francisco Magazine every
     year since its inception in 2005.  To be designated as a SuperLawyer means that
     your peers have determined that you are in the top 5% of lawyers in your field in
     Northern California.
          -Selected as one of the Top 100 SuperLawyers in Northern California every year
    since 2005.  This means that out of the top 5% you are considered to be
    one of the Top 100.
 
     Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association,
     2002 and 2003
 
     Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California,
     2002 and 2003
 
     National "Most Innovative Use of Technology During Trial" Award, 2004 
 
     "Top 100 Jury Verdicts for 2003" Award, National Law Journal

      AVVO rated 10:10:  the highest possible rating
 
Professional Associations and Memberships:
 
     State Bar of California, 1973 to present
 
     University of California, Hastings College of Law Alumni Association, President 1983.
 
     San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, President 1993
 
     Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
          -Board of Directors:  1993-98
 
     American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA):
          -Rank = Advocate
          -President of San Francisco Chapter: 2011-12.
          -Executive Committee member for San Francisco Chapter
          -Chairman of San Francisco Chapter's Civility and Professionalism Committee
          -National ABOTA Board Member
          -Co-Chairman of National ABOTA Civility and Professionalism Committee
          -Member of National ABOTA Membership Committee

    Cal-ABOTA: A regional organization made up of the 8 California ABOTA Chapters.
          -Elected to be an At Large Board Member:  2013-2014.
          -Elected to be an Officer:  Treasurer for 2014-2015.
          -Chairman of Cal ABOTA Education Committee 2013 to present.

     American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL):
          -State Chair, 2004-6
          -Northern California State Committee, 1999 to Present
 
     International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL):
          -Fellow
 
     International Society of Barristers (ISOB):
          -State Chair, 2008-2012
          -National Membership Chair, 2012-2015.
          -Board of Governors, 2010-present
 
     Litigation Counsel of America:
          -Fellow.
 
     Lawyer Friends of Wine (LFW):
          -President 2005-08.
          -Board of Directors 2000 to present
 
     University of Nottingham (England) Alumni Association for USA.
          -President 1991-4
 
     Orinda Baseball Association:
          -President 1995-97
 
     San Francisco and Contra Costa Counties:
          -Judge Pro Tem and arbitrator
 
     California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District.
          -Mediation Panelist
Current Employment Position(s):
Partner, since 1978
Areas of Practice:
Aviation/Airplane Crash Cases
Governmental Tort Liability
Insurance Law
Medical Malpractice
Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
Nursing Home
Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
Products Liability Law
Toxic Torts
Sports Injuries (e.g.: golf, skiing, biking, dirt biking, boating & team sports)
Sexual Molestation and Abuse
Litigation Percentage:
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions:
California, 1973
U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1973
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1992
U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1987
Education:
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, 1973
Doctor of Jurisprudence
Honors: Coordinator, National College of Advocacy, 1972


Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1970
B.A.
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma


University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England, 1969
Honors: Junior Year Abroad Program, University Scholar (1968-1969)


Published Works:
Issues in a Safety Device Case, California Trial Lawyers Association Forum, April Vol. 2, No. 3, 1981


Medical Proof in Personal Injury Litigation, Continuing Education of the Bar, 1983, 1988,1989,1991,1995, November, 1981


Coping With Worker's Compensation Issues in Third Party Cases Continuing Education of the Bar, Continuing Education of the Bar, 1984


Finding and Managing the Winning Expert, CAOC 32nd Annual Convention Syllabus, 1993


Seven Tips to Successful Mediation: Understanding the Defense Perspective, CAOC 30th Annual Convention Syllabus, 1995


How to Compel a Deposition in the United Kingdom, CAOC 35th Annual Convention Syllabus, 1996


Seeing is Believing: Your Most Persuasive Documentary Evidence May Never Be Admitted Into Evidence, SFTLA Seminar, 1997


How to Win Your Products Case with a Prompt and Through Investigation, CAOC Annual Convention Syllabus, 1998


Discovery Designed to Win Your Next Products Liability Case, SFTLA Seminar, 1998


Conducting the Binding Arbitration Hearing, CAOC Annual Convention Syllabus, 1999


Deposing the Defense Expert, Including Orthopedists and Neurologists, SFTLA Seminar, 2000


Handling An Auto Case From A to Z, Lorman Education Services Seminar, 2001


Closing Argument: The Death of a Young Child, SFTLA Seminar, 2001


The Electronic Trial, Contra Costa County Bar Association, 2003


Winning the Close Case & Increasing Your Damages with Technology, The Trial Lawyer - SFTLA, 2004


Advice for Small Firms: The Electronic Trial, Law Technology News, Jan. Vol. 12, No.1, 2005


The Unlevel Playing Field: Releases, Waivers & Assumption of Risk in Sports Premises Cases, written for the Premises Seminar of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, November 2007


"The Unlevel Playing Field in Sports Premises Cases: Releases, Waivers & Assumption of Risk", Consumer Attorneys of California, Annual Ski Seminar at Beaver Creek, Colorado, February, 2009


Civility: Setting The Tone For Respect, ABOTA's Voir Dire Magazine, Submitted for publication in 2009


Annual Reviewer, CEB's California Workers Damages Practice (Original Publication to Present)


Mediation Is Not the Only Way to Successfully Resolve Your Case: How to Recognize and Capitalize on Other Settlement Opportunities, William B. Smith and Doris Cheng, presented at the Advanced Settlement Techniques program for the Trial Lawyers Association, San Francisco, California, March 2010


Demonstrating the Invisible Injury: Making an Impact with Video Settlement Documentaries in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases", William B. Smith and Rob and Keiko Feldman, CAOC Forum Magazine, March 2010, presented at the CAOC Beaver Creek Ski Seminar, Beaver Creek, Colorado, Feb.10, 2010


"How to Avoid The Downward Spiral of Incivility", prepared for the Northern California ABOTA Civility Program, November 2010.


References:
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Classes/Seminars Taught:
Panelist, ABOTA "Civility Matter" Program, Chapman University School of Law, September 4, 2014


Panelist, ABOTA "Civility Matters" Program, Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, August 12, 2014,


Lecturer, Taming the Digital Wild West, Western Trial Lawyers Association, Maui Convention, June 11, 2014


ABOTA, Civility Matters Presentation, Arizona State Bar, Tucson, Arizona, April 24, 2014


New Lawyer Ski Seminar: Lecture: Fall Cases: How to Take The Focus Off the Plaintiff and Win, Consumer Attorneys of California, Incline Village, Nevada, February 1, 2014


ABOTA Civility Matters Program, Panelist, Chapman University Law School, Orange, California, January 30, 2014


Maui Seminar, Panel: Waivers, Releases and Assumption of Risk in Sporting Injury Cases, Consumer Attorneys of California, December 2, 2013 - December 5, 2013


Panelist, ABOTA Civility Matters Program, Pillsbury, Winthop, Shaw and Pittman LLP, San Francisco, California, May 2013


ABOTA Civility Matters Program, Panelist, ASCDC Convention, The Biltmore, Los Angeles, California, March 1, 2013


ABOTA Civility Matters Program, Panelist, University of California, Irvine School of Law, Irvine, California, April 4, 2013


Panelist: "The (de) Evolution of the Primary Assumption of Risk Doctrine in California: Nalwa v. Cedar Fair et. al, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Annual Ski Seminar at Incline Village, Nevada., February 1, 2013


ABOTA Civility Matters Program: Panelist, FDCC Annual Convention, The Biltmore, Scottsdale, Arizona., March 7, 2012


Tahoe Ski Seminar, February 24, 2012: How to Handle Sports Cases: Releases and Primary Assumption of Risk, presentation with Anthony Label, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association


ABOTA Civility Matters: Panelist, March 23, 2012, Western States Bar Association Conference, The Mirage, Las Vegas, Nevada.


Lecturer, "Overcoming Releases and Assumption of Risk: An Updated View", Consumer Attorneys of California, Annual Ski Seminar at Beaver Creek, Colorado, February 8, 2011


Panelist and Moderator, "Civility Matters" put on by ABOTA and JAMS at Murphy, Pearson and Bradley, San Francisco, California, March 23, 2011


Lecturer, "Strategies for Sports and Recreation Cases", San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Roundtable Presentation, March 22, 2011


Panelist and Moderator: Advanced Settlement Techniques, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, San Francisco, California, March 2010


Presenter: Traumatic Brain Injury: The Invisible Injury, Consumer Attorneys of California, Ski Seminar at Beaver Creek, Colorado, February 2010


"Civility Matters" Panel, Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, San Francisco, California, January 2010


Panelist, ABOTA/JAMS Civility Matters Program, Solano County Bar Association, Fairfield, California, October 28, 2010


Panelist and moderator, Use of Graphics and Demonstrative Evidence at Trial, San Francisco Bar Association, Probate Section, San Francisco, California, October 5, 2010


Panelist and Moderator, "Civility Matters" put on by ABOTA and JAMS, at Hanson Bridgett Law Firm, San Francisco, California, December 13, 2010


Panelist, Civility Matters - Part 2, Principles of Civility, Integrity and Professionalism, Sonoma County Bar Association, Barristers Club, Santa Rosa, California, October 12, 2010


Lecturer, "Understanding and Preparing a Frontal Lobe Case for Trial", The California Brain Injury Association Annual Meeting, Silverado Country Club, Napa, California, November 5, 2010


Panelist and Moderator, "Civility Matters!", 2010 MCLE Spectacular , Contra Costa County Bar Association, November 19, 2010


Panelist and Moderator, "Civility Matters!", 51st Annual Meeting, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada (ADC), December 10, 2010


Panelist and Moderator, "Civility Matters", put on by ABOTA and JAMS, at Severson and Werson Law Firm, San Francisco, California, December 15, 2010


Lecturer, "Proving the Invisible Brain Injury", The Brain Injury Association Annual Meeting, Silverado Country Club, Napa, California, November 20, 2009


Lecturer, "The Unlevel Playing Field in Sports Premises Cases: Releases, Waivers and Assumption of Risk", Consumer Attorneys of California, Annual Ski Seminar at Beaver Creek Colorado, 2009


The Latest Electronic Demonstrative Evidence and How to Present It, University of California, Hastings College of Law, Pretrial Practice Class, September 2009


Panelist, Civility Matters: Strike Force Program Panel, Drinker Biddle Law Firm, San Francisco, California, November 18, 2009


Speaker and Faculty Member, ABOTA Masters in Demonstrative Evidence Program, San Francisco, California, May 28, 2009


Panelist, "Ethics: Civility Matters!", (Also simulcast on the web statewide), The State Bar of California, Litigation Section, San Francisco, California, December 5, 2009


Lecturer/Moderator, "Are Your Jurors Awake? Persuading By Use of 21st Century Trial Technology", American College of Trial Lawyers, September 2008 Annual Meeting, Sheraton Centre, Toronto, Canada, September 27, 2008


Lecturer "Courtroom Technology for the 21st Century", American College of Trial Lawyers, 2008 Regional Meeting at the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, California, April 5, 2008


Lecturer, "Civility Matters!", ABOTA, University of California, Hastings College of Law, October 29, 2008


Lecturer "The Unlevel Playing Field in Sports Premises Cases: Releases, Waivers and Assumption of Risk", San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, San Francisco, November 13, 2007


The Electronic Trial of a Catastrophically Injured Person (Spinal Cord Injury), Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Palo Alto, California, 2007


"Cross-examination of the Defendant" in a Sexual Discrimination Case, Plaintiffs' Trial Team, American Board of Trial Advocates, Masters in Trial Program, San Francisco, California, 2007


Lecturer, "The Electronic Trial in Brain Damage Cases", The Brain Injury Association Annual Meeting, Silverado Country Club, Napa, California, November 16, 2007


San Francisco Meeting, Lecturer: "The School of Hard Knocks: Lessons Learned During Trial", Association of Defense Counsel (ADC), November 2, 2007


Bridgeport Continuing Education, Program: Effective Use of Expert Testimony; Lecturer: "How to Effectively Cross Examine an Expert Witness", San Francisco, Ca., January 20, 2006


Lecturer: The Electronic Trial, University of San Francisco Law School, Inns of Court, San Francisco, California, May 2006


The Evidence Wheel Seminar, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Lecturer: Evidentiary Foundations, October 10, 2006


The Ultimate Technological Trial, ABOTA, Masters in Trial, 2005


Trial Advocacy Training for Public Interest Lawyers at University San Francisco Law School, America College of Trial Lawyers (trainer), 2005


Direct Examination of a Neuro-Psychologist, Plaintiffs' Trial Team, American Board of Trial Advocates, Masters in Trial Program, San Francisco, California, 2004


How to Use High Tech to Prove Your Case, Winning the Close Case with Technology, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Program, 2004


Faculty, Annual Advocacy Skills Workshop, Stanford Law School, 2002 - Present


The Best of Closing Arguments Program - Speaker, A Closing Argument for the Death of a Young Child, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2001


Lorman Education Services - Speaker, Auto Insurance Law and Accident Litigation, 2001


Deposition Program - Speaker, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2000


Discovery Program - Speaker, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 1999


Taking the 'Bind' Out of Binding Arbitration: Conducting the Arbitration Hearing - Speaker, Consumer Attorneys of California, Annual Convention, 1999


How to Win Your Products Case with a Prompt and Thorough Investigation - Speaker, Consumer Atty of California, 33rd Annual Tahoe Convention, 1998


Evidence: Be Creative, Be Careful & Always Be in Control - Mediator & Speaker, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 1997


War Stories: Lessons Learned the Hard Way, Speaker, Consumer Attorneys of California, 35 Annual Convention, 1996


Mock Direct and Cross-Examination of a Warnings Expert, San Francisco Bar Association, 1996


Enforcing Depositions in the U.K., Speaker, Consumer Attorneys of California, 31st Annual Convention, 1996


Mock Mediation, Speaker, Consumer Attorneys of California, 30th Annual Tahoe Seminar, 1995


Avoiding Legal Malpractice, Speaker, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1995


Joint and Several Liability, Panelist, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1993 - 1994


Coping with Liens in Personal Injury Cases, Author, Moderator and Panelist, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1993


Proposition 51 - Survival Techniques, Panelist, Joint CTLA/SFTLA/ACCTLA MCLE Program, 1993


Finding and Managing the Winning Expert, Speaker, California Trial Lawyers Association, 32nd Annual Convention, 1993


"Arbitration" Panelist, State Bar of California, Litigation Section MCLE Program, 1992


Anatomy of a Civil Jury Trial, Lecturer, SFTLA, MCLE Program, 1992


Handling Medical Malpractice Cases, Lecturer, SFTLA MCLE, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1991


Discovery: Depositions, Panelist, SFTLA MCLE, 1991


Preparing for Trial - The Last 100 Days, Panelist, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1990


Worker's Compensation Issues in Third Party Cases, Lecturer, Sonoma County Trial Lawyers Association, 1985 - 1986


Assistant Professor of Law, Litigation/Evidence, Litigation Advocacy - Personal Injury, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1985 - Present


Coping With Worker's Compensation Issues In Third Party Cases, Author, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1984


Handling Motor Vehicle Accident Cases, author, moderator, panelist, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1983


Assistant Professor of Law, Trial Evidence Course, University of California, Hastings College of Law, 1982 - Present


Accident Reconstruction Panelist, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1982


Medical Proof in Personal Injury Litigation, Author, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1981


Lecturer on Depositions, San Francisco Bar Association, Bridging the Gap Program, 1981


Determining Damages in Personal Injury Actions, Panelist


Gathering and Proving Medical Evidence in Personal Injury Cases, Author, Panelist, California Continuing Education of the Bar


Anatomy in Personal Injury Actions, Panelist, California Continuing Education of the Bar


Past Employment Positions:
Hoberg, Finger, Brown & Abramson, San Francisco, CA, Trial Attorney, 1973 - 1975


Abramson & Bianco, San Francisco, CA, Trial Attorney (Partner), 1975 - 1982


Fraternities/Sororities:
Sigma Chi
Phi Beta Kappa

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