Super Lawyers 2007

Northern California Super Lawyers 2007

Abramson Smith Waldsmith, LLP, has built a solid reputation taking on challenging personal injury and wrongful death cases that many other firms will not consider. Its partners rely on creativity and the latest trial technology to win difficult cases and maximize their clients' damages.

The partners are so well respected that each has been named to the Northern California Super Lawyers® list. William B. Smith was again selected to the Top 100 list.

PRACTICE AREAS Founded by Albert Abramson in 1975, the firm has won multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements in cases that involved negligence or carelessness of product manufacturers, property owners, government entities and transportation companies. The firm also has gained a reputation for successfully handling cases that involve sports injuries and assumption of risk, such as diving, skiing, motorcycling, golfing and team sports.

WE TAKE ON THE TOUGH CASES.

"These are tough cases with devastating injuries," says Smith, a partner since 1975. "A lot of firms wont touch these cases, and they usually involve releases and waivers."

Consider the $27.75 million verdict for a diver injured when he dove on top of a synchronized swimmer. The pool did not have segregated practice areas.

"Cases like this represent our dedication to righting a wrong," says senior partner Albert Abramson. "We want to help people who've suffered devastating losses, and we want to make sure these accidents don't happen in the future."

THE RIGHT SKILL SET The firms attorneys have become recognized leaders in trial technology computer software, animation and simulations which hold jurors interests while effectively telling a clients story.

"Were dealing with 21st-century jurors, who don't want to just hear us talk," Smith says. "Were tuned into that."

Indeed, they have become so skilled that the firm received a national award for the most innovative use of technology during trial, and the attorneys often use advanced communicative technology in mediation, as well as in presentations to judges and other lawyers.

Although cutting edge, the attorneys embrace the tradition of old-fashioned customer service.

"We limit our caseload to give our clients and their cases the attention they deserve," says R.J. Waldsmith, a partner since 1999. "We want the best results for our clients, and were determined to get them."

FUELING CHANGE Compassionate with their clients and aggressive with defendants, the attorneys use their creative talents to win.

"There simply is no substitute to tireless, detailed preparation and compelling presentation of evidence," concludes partner "