Jeffrey R. Smith

Jeffrey R. Smith

Managing Partner
San Francisco, California

Jeffrey Smith has been representing plaintiffs, the catastrophically injured and the families of the wrongfully killed, since his admission to the bar in 2006. He takes pride in representing deserving individuals against corporations, public entities, and insurance companies.

Jeffrey graduated from the University of Oregon in 1998 with degrees in graphic design and journalism. After working in design for five years, Jeffrey obtained his law degree from University of San Francisco, School of Law. Since his admission to the California Bar, Jeffrey has used his training and experience in writing and design in his practice of law to achieve maximum results for his clients.

Jeffrey has been nominated as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers Magazine from 2010 to the present. He frequently presents to fellow attorneys on topics including technology in the law, presenting evidence electronically at trial, and practicing law with civility.

Areas of Practice

  • Governmental Tort Liability
  • Brain Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Construction Accidents
  • Sports Injuries
  • Products Liability Law
  • Personal Injury - Plaintiffs
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Premises Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Medical Malpractice

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2006


  • University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - 2006
  • University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
    • B.S. - 1998
    • Major: Graphic Design and Journalism

Published Works

  • 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
  • California Uninsured Motorist Practice, (Co-Author) 2009-2011, Continuing Education of the Bar, Chapter 2
  • Other Accidents: relevance and admissibility, Advocate Magazine , March, 2012
  • Other Accidents: relevance and admissibility, Plaintiff Magazine , March, 2012


  • Speaker, "Demonstrative Evidence in the 21st Century", Regional TLA Conference, Olympic Valley, CA, 2009
  • Speaker, "Jill and Ned's Excellent Constitutional Convention Adventure", Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court, San Francisco, 2009
  • Speaker, "The Effective Use of Visual Evidence in Litigation", Bar Association of San Francisco, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust - Litigation Subsection, San Francisco, 2010
  • Speaker, "An Immigration Carol", Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court, San Francisco, 2010
  • Speaker, "Technology in Trial, Powerpoint, Trial Director and Beyond", San Francisco Trial Lawyer Association, 2010
  • Speaker, "Suing Public Entities", Santa Clara Trial Lawyers Association Program, San Jose, 2011
  • Speaker, "Strategies for Sports and Recreation Cases", San Francisco Trial Lawyer Association, 2011
  • Speaker, "Communication: Clients, Opposing Counsel, and the Boss," Berkeley Law: Boalt Advocates Alumni, San Francisco
  • Speaker, "Brown v. Plata: Judicial Activism or Cruel and Unusual Punishment?", Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court-2012
  • Speaker, “Tech Tools at Mediation,” San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association , 2012
  • Speaker, “Using Technology in Mediation,” Consumer Attorneys of California, 2012.

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award, Sports Law, 2004
  • Northern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010 - 2018

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
  • American Association of Justice (AAJ)