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Brad Smith maintains a diverse civil litigation practice, with a focus on complex matters. He defends Fortune 500 companies, national insurance carriers, and Alabama businesses in state and federal court at both the trial and appellate levels. He is also an experienced arbitrator who seeks to resolve disputes outside of the courtroom whenever possible.

Mr. Smith has significant experience in the following practice areas:

  • Commercial general liability (CGL)
  • Construction litigation
  • Products liability
  • Professional liability (E&O)
  • Trucking and transportation

Birmingham Magazine recognized Mr. Smith for his work in insurance defense in 2017 as part of its eighth annual peer review survey of 4,000 Birmingham Bar Association members. Mr. Smith has been recognized in the categories of civil litigation and insurance defense from 2010 to 2017.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

While serving as lead counsel in a 2017 commercial trucking trial, Mr. Smith’s defense arguments resulted in a jury award of less than half of the initial $150,000 offer in a case with clear liability. The plaintiff received less than the value of a subrogation lien for expenses related to workers’ compensation claims, medical bills, and disability payments.

Mr. Smith won a defense verdict for a liquor store owner in a 2016 dram shop jury trial. The demand was for millions in an auto accident case involving fatalities that occurred after an individual allegedly purchased alcohol from the liquor store. In a separate matter, he was granted summary judgment in a slip and fall case involving a national drug store chain.

 

 

Admission Details
  • 2000, U.S. District Court, Middle and Northern Districts of Alabama
  • 2000, Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Law School Attended
  • University of Alabama, Class of 2000, J.D.
University Attended
  • University of Alabama Birmingham, Class of 1992, M.A.
  • Birmingham-Southern College, Class of 1990, B.A
Professional Associations
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Alabama Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)