William B. Smith


Bill Smith has represented the catastrophically injured and the families of those wrongfully killed since 1973. For over 49 years, Bill has fought for plaintiffs, the underdogs, against major corporations, public entities and insurance companies. In his career, Bill has served clients all over the State of California, the United States, Canada and Europe.

Bill carefully selects his cases and clients, looking for those matters in which he can make a real difference. He then personally handles all of his cases.

Bill has amassed a stellar reputation among the legal community. He has been included in the national “Best Lawyers in America” for the last 20 years. He was recently named the Best San Francisco Personal Injury Litigator in San Francisco by The Best Lawyers publication. Bill has been selected a Super Lawyer in Northern California by the Super Lawyers publication every year of its existence, often in the Top 100. Lawdragon Magazine named Bill one of the top 500 plaintiff lawyers in the nation.

In addition to the above, Bill 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 primary national trial lawyers associations: The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), The American College of Trial Lawyers, The International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and The International Society of Barristers.

Organizations and Honors:

ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates)
-Former Chapter President
-Recipient of the San Francisco Chapter’s highest honor: The Don E Bailey Civility Award, 2014
-Current National Board member.
-Chairman of the National ABOTA Civility and Professionalism Committee.
-Creator of current Civility Matters program for the nation.
-Former Cal-ABOTA President Cal-ABOTA is made up of all eight California ABOTA chapters).
-Cal-ABOTA Board member.

International Society of Barristers
-Former National Membership Chair.
-Former National Board member.
-Current Foundation Board member.

International Academy of Trial Lawyers
-Current National Board member.
-State Membership Chair: Northern California

American College of Trial Lawyers
-Former Northern California Board member.
-Former Northern California Chair.


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Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP has represented thousands of clients – just like you – who have suffered serious injuries because of the negligent and reckless actions of others. Our trial lawyers bring a combined 100 years of legal experience to your case.

We are proud of our strong track record. Our team has obtained fair compensation for those injured, changed the law when needed and improved the overall safety in our communities


(Robert J. Waldsmith)


(Jeffrey R. Smith)