Law Office of Edward A. Smith

Firm Overview

We call ourselves the "personal" personal injury firm because we strive to really get to know our clients and their families so we can learn and show and insurance adjusters or jurors how an injury impacted their lives.

We've found that without an in-depth knowledge of our clients, it's difficult to have an insurer or a jury pay a fair and just award.

We are a "holistic" law firm. This means we are in the forefront of exploring the field of post-traumatic growth, a field that explores how trauma can often bring about positive changes in our clients' lives...despite the inevitable pain and suffering serious injuries bring.

We believe that the more we know about your injuries and how they impact your life and the lives of your family, the better we can present your case and obtain a fair award.

Even though we're holistic lawyers, we don't hesitate to go to trial, if necessary, to obtain a fair award. A list of some of our verdicts and settlements is found on our primary web site,

We count ourselves lucky to have a job where we are continuously learning more about our clients and where we learn about new advances in the legal, medical and psychological fields every day.

We encourage and do everything in our power to help our clients and their families legally, emotionally, and medically.

We have handled personal injury and wrongful death cases exclusively since 1982. We are never too busy to answer any questions clients have.

Rated 10.0 by Avvo-com, the premium attorney rating service, we are also members of the Million Dollar Forum, an organization of attorneys with multiple verdicts or settlements over one million dollars.
Main Office
Law Office of Edward A. Smith
1900 Point West Way, Suite 200
Sacramento  CA  95815
  • 916-921-6400
  • 916-921-5276
Auto Accident
The firm specializes in all types of vehicular accidents including motorcycle, car, trucks, boat, ATV and livestock accidents.
We have particular expertise in serious neck and back surgery cases, brain injuries and RSD and chronic pain cases.

We handle more serious slip and fall accidents than other law firms in Sacramento.

We handle personal injury and wrongful death cases exclusively, and pride ourselves on taking a personal approach to each client.

Accidents happen but we believe that even harmful accidents can help generate beneficial consequences and we're here to help you find them.

The firm is rated 10.0 by Avvo-com, the premium attorney rating service, and is a member of the Million Dollar Forum, an organization of premium personal injury attorneys with multiple verdicts or settlements over 1 million dollars.

Mr. Smith has written several best-selling Amazon books, "The Ultimate California Auto Accident Handbook" "The Ultimate California DUI Accident Handbook" and "The California Motorcycle Accident Handbook." All are available free to prospective clients by calling our office.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

I'm a New Yorker, I grew up there. I served in Vietnam, and when I got out, I moved to California. I like California a whole lot better than New York. I attended U.C. Davis, and McGeorge School of Law, and started my personal injury law practice in 1982.

A good personal injury lawyer needs to stay up to date with the latest developments in the legal, medical and psychological fields. We are well trained on the legal issues, but personal injury cases involve so much more than just the law. My philosophy is to only take a case if it helps the client, and the client is better off with me than without me.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

When I talk to a client, I'm not just listening for the legal issues involved, I also want to know exactly how the client is injured, which doctors they are seeing, and whether they've got the best doctors to treat their condition.

I want to know how my clients are doing emotionally, how their family is handling things, and I like to direct my clients to resources, like support groups, that can help them. I'm constantly reading about recovering from injuries, and sometimes I'll recommend articles, book or movies to clients to help them with the issues involved in their healing.

During my life I've had a couple serious injuries. Those experiences changed me, and put me in a better position to understand the challenges my clients face and have to work through.

Our philosophy is to only take a case if it is helps the client. We make sure we can add value so the client feels satisfied having had our help.

It doesn't make sense to hire an attorney on smaller legal claims, so if someone's case is too small, we'll tell them. We make sure our client nets more money than we do after medical expenses are paid. It's a matter of principal, because we're there to help the client.

Serious personal injury cases last a long time. It's important for an injured person to feel comfortable with me and the people that work in my office. Clients need to like us and vice versa. When we meet with clients, we have a conversation. We find out where they grew up, what they like to do, and get to know them. We know that we will be working with these folks for 3-4 years. If there's no compatibility at the beginning, then that person would be better off not hiring our firm.

When people have severe injuries, or undergo surgeries, their bodies may take time to stabilize and for the case to get to court. Clients need to feel at home with my staff and in my office. Serious personal injuries are a major, life-changing experience, and we work to help our clients do their best to adapt and "turn lemons into lemonade." We want to help our clients to bring about positive changes in their lives and not be overwhelmed by the pain and suffering of their serious injury.

Since the CA legislature has appealed the rule that insurance companies can be sued for bad faith, insurance companies hold onto their money as long as they can. It's important to hire an attorney that can go the distance so the injured person is properly compensated.

Insurance adjusters can seem very nice, but they are not actually in control of what an injured person is paid. The insurance company's computer sets the limits and tells them how much money they can offer on cases. The insurance company holds onto its money until someone like our firm forces them to disgorge it. The costs in taking a serious personal injury case to trial can be pretty substantial. It's not unusual for us to have six figures into a case by the time we go to trial.

We don't have to sell ourselves as "fierce and aggressive" we are first-class advocates for our clients and our results speak for themselves. Go to our website at and look at our verdicts and settlements, and be very wary of any attorney who doesn't provide you with that kind of information.

We also encourage people to look at the AVVO ratings for attorneys in their area. Don't just ask family and friends for recommendations, because ending up with a good wills and trusts attorney isn't what you need for effective representation in a serious personal injury case. The Law Offices of Edward A. Smith works exclusively on serious personal injury cases.

People should also ask potential attorneys if they can contact their former clients. We are happy to have potential clients talk to our former clients they are our best advertisement.

Edward A. Smith has also written an article that explains how best to choose an attorney called "The Seven Mistakes in selecting a Personal Injury Lawyer" which he will forward to consumers on request.

Edward A. Smith

Edward A. Smith is the founder of Ed's legal practice, the Law Offices of Edward A. Smith, focuses exclusively with personal injury and wrongful death claims.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Ed came to California
via the US Air Force after Serving in an Air Crew over Southeast Asia in 1969-1970.

He attended UC Davis where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1974. Ed graduated from McGeorge School of Law in 1982.

After graduating from McGeorge School of Law in 1982, he immediately opened his own practice in Sacramento. He is a member of the State Bar of California, Sacramento County Bar Association, Consumer Attorney's of California, Capital City Trial Lawyers Association, American Trial Lawyers Association and the Million Dollar Forum.

Ed has written several books in order to make the ins and outs of the insurance and legal world accessible to the public.

His books, The Ultimate California Auto Accident Handbook and California Motorcycle Accident Handbook, are highly rated and available in paperback and Kindle format on

He has been a frequent guest on radio and TV in Sacramento and for years had a show "Ask a Lawyer" where viewers would call in with questions about personal injury law.

Our law firm has won a wide variety of challenging personal injury cases, which include car accidents, motorcycle accidents, livestock collisions, dangerous roadway conditions, dog attacks and accidents involving water crafts. A list of settlements and verdicts is available on our website,

The Law Offices of Edward A. Smith is located at 1900 Point West Way, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95825.

The phone number is (916) 921-6400 or the toll-free number is 800-404-5400.

We're available most any time to talk to injured people and gladly make hospital or home visits if requested.

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