Law Offices of Shane Smith

Atlanta Personal Injury Firm helping Georgia's Injured

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Firm Overview

Our firm is located in Peachtree City, just south of Atlanta, Georgia. We focus on helping injured people throughout Georgia. We only take personal injury cases. This allows us to fully understand Georgia Personal Injury Law, since we do not have to practice other areas. Our firm is focused on several things: getting our clients the medical care they need (whether this is a chiropractor, physical therapist, medical doctor, orthopedist or any other specialist), finding all of the available insurance coverage, and fighting to make sure our clients receive fair compensation for their injuries. This includes compensation for medical bills, medical treatment, lost wages, pain, suffering, and disruption of life, and sometimes punitive damages.

While we attempt to settle our clients' cases without filing a lawsuit or going to court, this is sometimes impossible. If the insurance company will not make a fair offer, we will file suit against the insurance company and go to court.

Within the Personal Injury area of law we spend a large amount of our practice in several areas: car accidents, victims of drunk drivers, pedestrian/ crosswalk accidents, wrongful death cases, and brain injured clients.

I have been practicing personal injury law in Atlanta for many years. After working at one of the biggest Personal Injury Firms. I left to start my own firm. After establishing the firm, I focused on personal injury cases. My offices have grown tremendously over the past several years, and as a result I have been able to hire several attorneys with over 35 years combined experience and we have established a reputation as a personal injury law firm that is not afraid to file suit, whether the case is large or small I am constantly working in the best interests of my clients.


Example cases

A recent case that my firm settled was a drunk driving accident. The drunk driver struck the vehicle our clients were riding in. One of our clients suffered a broken arm and required surgery. The second suffered from "soft tissue" injuries, but required epidural steroids shots for continuing pain after chiropractic treatment. Initially the insurance company claimed that their driver had a concussion and was not drunk at the scene. They made offers ignoring the punitive damages portion of the case. We rejected their settlement offer, followed the criminal trial, forwarded all the medical information to the Coweta County Solicitor, talked to their office and made sure that the drunk driving charge was not dropped. We also investigated the history of the drunk driver and found that after our accident, she had received a second drunk driving charge. After finding this information, and after the criminal case, we contacted the insurance company and shortly afterward, the cases settled. One client received the insurance policy limits, and the other case settled for very close to the insurance policy limits. Our clients were very happy that we fully investigated the case since for one, the settlement was over 3 times what was offered in the beginning.

Main Office

Law Offices of Shane Smith
263 Highway 74 N
Peachtree City  GA  30269

Phone
  • (770) 487-8999
Fax
  • (770) 631-7667

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

We offer a free initial consultation either in person or over the phone. We do not normally set a specific limit of time for the consultation. I want everyone to have a clear picture and understanding of the case and the services my firm would provide on the case at the end of the consultation. Most consultations last between 15 minutes to an hour depending on the complexity of the case.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

All of our cases are on a contingency fee basis. Our normal fee is 1/3 of the settlement if a lawsuit does not have to be filed.

Hourly Rates

Our firm does not normally do hourly work as we limit our practice to personal injury cases, and I feel that if a personal injury lawyer does not feel confident enough in the case to take it on a contingency fee basis, then he or she does not need to take the case.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
After-hours case consultations are also available Monday thru Friday.

Office Manager

Andrew Waits

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

English

Spanish.

Estate Planning
Protect Your Family's Assets with the Help of a Skilled Estate Planning Attorney
You have worked hard for your money and care about your family, so why would you want the local laws to dictate who gets part of your estate when you pass away? Even if certain relatives are in line to inherit your assets, they may not be your choice of heirs. By having a valid will and estate plan, you can specify how your estate is transferred and who will inherit your assets after your death. Before you get started, however, there are many questions about estate planning in Georgia that you will most likely need answered questions such as:

When is the best time to create a trust or a will? Anyone with any assets and real estate property should create an estate plan. If you haven't created one and you have children and/or more than $100,000 or more in assets, you definitely should consider estate planning in Georgia.
Do I need both a will and a trust? Yes, it is beneficial to create both a living trust and a will because otherwise you risk having some property fall into probate. Although the two are similar, the living trust only covers property you transferred in writing to the trust and a will does some things a trust cannot.
What exactly should I know about the probate process? Upon death, your estate will go through the probate process to pay the outstanding debts you owe and to transfer the remaining assets to your beneficiaries. Property left through a trust does not have to go through probate, saving your family time and money.

Help Is Here for Your Estate Planning Needs

Whether you have questions about estate planning, last wills, living trusts, or other estate matters, you should be able to find answers to most of your questions on our website www.shanesmithlaw.com. There are library articles, blogs, and frequently asked questions and answers that you can search through to provide you with more information about the estate planning process. If you don't find what you are looking for, we invite you to call the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free consultation at (770) 487-8999.

Estate Planning Tailored to Your Needs

The ever-evolving tax laws make estate planning in Georgia increasingly important. While some people may need only a basic will, other people will benefit from revocable living trusts and advanced estate planning to address their goals and needs. For your estate planning matters, attorney Shane Smith can help tailor an estate plan to your needs while minimizing estate taxes. Because there is no guarantee that a court will distribute your property as you would like them to, you should meet with an estate planning lawyer in Georgia to have your wishes captured in a legal document.

In addition to estate planning, attorney Shane Smith handles cases involving:

Family trust administration
Probate and estate administration
Probate litigation and will contests
Appeals of probate, guardianship, and trust issues
Disputes involving wills, trusts, and probate
Breach of fiduciary
Trust contests and trust litigation
Guardianship and conservatorship litigation
Inheritance theft and estate fraud

For estate planning or for help with a trust, will, or probate matter, please call the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free, no-obligation consultation at (770) 487-8999 today, and allow us to help protect your family's assets.
Auto Accident
When Your Health, Savings, and Your Family's Future are on the Line, You Need a Accident Attorney on Your Side.
A recent study of road congestion rated Atlanta's traffic the third worst in the United States. That means that people that live in this area spend more time stuck in traffic than anyone else in the nation, apart from residents of Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Traffic congestion leads to pollution, wasted gas money, and personal discomfort, but it also contributes to a more serious problem: traffic accidents.

Many times traffic snarls at Spaghetti Junction or rush hour jam-ups on the Downtown Connector lead to nothing more serious than a fender-bender or a dented door, but when a serious car accident occurs, causing injury or even death, you may need the support of an experienced Georgia car accident lawyer to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your loss.

Shane Smith is an experienced advocate for Georgia's injured. The accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Shane Smith are located in Peachtree City and serve victims of car, truck, and motorcycle accidents in the state of Georgia.

No car wreck is the same
If you are paralyzed from a spine injury after being rear-ended on I-85 in Union City, GA you may receive compensation for potential earnings as well as wages already lost.

If your car is hit by a drunk driver on I-20 in Atlanta, you may receive punitive damages in addition to a settlement for your medical bills and property damages.

Whether you were injured while driving your work truck on I-75 or sideswiped on Tara Boulevard, rolled your SUV on I-285 or lost a loved one in a head-on collision on the Grady Curve, you deserve to understand your right to a settlement and your legal options.


You don't always need an accident attorney to help you with your Georgia injury claim, but if you have any doubts about your right to compensation, an attorney can answer your questions.

We will work with you to achieve the best result for your case. As your attorney, Shane Smith will provide support and advice, but the decisions are always yours to make. Whether you decide to take your case to trial or wish to avoid a courtroom, Shane will support your decision.

If you require medical care or other services outside of the legal arena, the auto accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Shane Smith can refer you to a specialist in these other fields.

If you have been involved in an accident in the Metro Atlanta Area...

Don't give up if the insurance company denies your claim. Call 770-487-9999 or fill out our online contact form at www.shanesmithlaw.com to request a free case evaluation. Review our free books for essential information that can help your case and provide valuable tips and facts for victims of car, truck, and motorcycle accidents in Georgia.


The Law Offices of Shane Smith serves the Metro Atlanta Area including Fulton County, Clayton County, Henry County, Coweta County, Dekalb County, Douglas County, Muscogee County, Baldwin County, Clarke County, Gwinnett County, Spalding County, Fayette County, Paulding County, Cherokee County, Chattahoochee County, Marion County and Harris County.
Personal Injury
Have You Been Injured in a Premises Liability Accident? Atlanta Slip and Fall Lawyer Shane Smith Is Here to Help You Get Back on Your Feet.
When we walk, most of us don't think about our feet we just assume they will carry us around. Similarly, we don't often think about the surfaces we walk on. Generally, we assume the floors, sidewalks, stairs, and other surfaces we walk on will be safe. Although we should do our due diligence and walk with care every step of the way in order to stay safe, there are some dangers that we may not see or that remain hidden that may trip us up along the way, including:

Slippery surfaces
Wet floors
Spilled liquid
Broken stairs
Loose floorboards
Uneven ground or cracked sidewalks
Torn carpeting
Inadequate lighting
Fallen objects

When one of the above hazards presents itself to us unknowingly, it may cause us to slip and fall and suffer injuries. Slip and fall accidents in Atlanta can occur both on private and public properties including private homes, apartment complexes, office buildings, supermarkets, restaurants, stores, and just about everywhere we walk. Slip and fall accidents are also known as premises liability cases.

What Is Premises Liability?

While some falls are purely accidental, others are caused by someone's negligence to secure the property, repair a hazard, or adequately warn others about the dangerous condition. When a property owner or possessor of the property knows about a hazardous condition or should have known about the danger and fails to act appropriately to make sure no one gets injured, the owner could be negligent and liable for the injuries or fatalities that result.

In fact, Georgia law requires property owners to keep their buildings and surrounding land safe. This means that property owners have a duty to maintain their property so that those who visit, live, or work there can be on the property without being at risk of harm. Essentially, if unsafe conditions exist that leads to an individual slipping and falling, the owner may be held liable for injuries that occurs on the premises. However, establishing fault can be complicated in slip and fall cases, which is why a premises liability lawyer should be contacted as soon as possible.

Dedication From an Atlanta Premises Liability Lawyer

If you or a loved one was injured in a slip and fall accident in the Metro Atlanta area the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you file a claim so that you can recover adequate compensation for your injuries. It is important to your case that you do not wait too long to contact a lawyer as evidence needs to be preserved. Additionally, you need to seek medical care immediately, report the accident, get witnesses contact information, and take pictures of the accident scene if you are physically able to do so.

The Law Offices of Shane Smith handles all types of premises liability cases including slip and fall accidents, dog bites, animal attacks, swimming pool accidents and drownings, toxic fume cases, and more. To find out if you have a case or more about your rights, talk to an experienced and dedicated Atlanta premises liability attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999 today in a complimentary, confidential consultation.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

While initially in the Army I practiced criminal law. After representing personal injury clients for several years, I decided it was where my passion lies. I represent people who have not done anything wrong. My clients were hurt by someone else's negligence and carelessness. Fighting to make sure that my clients can get the medical care they need, and that they are not stuck owing medical bill because the insurance company wants to argue it isn't related or they should not have seen this doctor, is what I want to do, every day.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I think that any client should educate themselves about their personal injury case. That is why on our website we answer so many questions and have so many different articles. Most people only have one or two personal injury cases their entire life. Deciding which lawyer to hire to help them or how to handle the case on their own is a very important decision. I feels so strongly about client education that I wrote two books to educate clients and give them away at no cost on our firm website. I feel that an educated client can make better decisions about a case and is also less likely to make a mistake that could cost them thousands of dollars.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

We always try to have our clients involved in their case. It is, after all, their case. We don't encourage our client's to have direct communication with the insurance companies about a personal injury case though. We feel that our clients have hired our firm to reduce the stress of this event, and as part of that, they shouldn't worry about dealing with the insurance company. In cases that we cannot take, we will review someone's documents in an attempt to help. I also frequently advise people about what type of insurance coverage they have purchased and what they should consider buying to protect themselves in case of a car accident.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I frequently talk to people who may not need a lawyer in their personal injury case. I offer my book — The Georgia Guide to Personal Injury to people and direct them to the questions on my website. For a simple case with no significant continuing treatment , for example, an Emergency Room visit only, I talk to people about how to determine whether the offer is fair or not.

Shane Smith

Shane Smith calls Georgia his home. Shane graduated from high school in Fayette County, Georgia. Shane then attended the University of Georgia for two years. Shane then transferred to Georgia State University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1997. During his undergraduate program he was active in ROTC, serving on the Color Guard, Ranger Challenge, and as the company commander of his ROTC Company. While at Georgia State, he also met his wife. After receiving his Bachelor of Science, he attended Georgia State's College of Law, where he graduated Cum Laude in 2000. During this time, he worked with Richard Hobbs, a local attorney in Fayetteville, and with the Fulton and Rockdale County DA offices as an intern. Additionally, he was active in the Student Trial Lawyers Association competing in a national competition.

After being admitted to the Georgia Bar, he then entered the United State's Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. He served at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, with the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division. While at Ft. Campbell, he attended and graduated from the Army's Air Assault School. This qualified him to wear the Army Air Assault Wings on his uniform. He also served at Fort Benning, Georgia. While in the Army, he practiced criminal defense throughout the Southeast. He has defended those accused of a wide range of charges although he primarily focused his representation on those accused of serious sexual assault crimes. He also acted as the lead attorney on the only military homicide in his multistate state district during his tour.

After leaving the army, Shane moved back to Peachtree City, Georgia. He then began practicing personal injury law at a major firm in Atlanta for four years. During this time, he handled over 500 cases to completion, ranging from minor injuries to a serious tractor trailer collision. Shane has represented people with injuries ranging from mild soft tissue injuries to their back and necks, severe broken bones requiring surgery, people who have undergone lumbar fusions and a client who has an amputation because of his injury. During this time, he represented numerous clients who were struck by a driver who was DUI or intoxicated, and has helped many people who were pedestrians when they were struck by an automobile.

After working downtown for several years, Shane formed his own law firm to better represent his clients. Shane focuses his practice on helping those injured through no fault of their own. This can be someone injured in a car wreck, to someone injured on someone else's property, or other seriously injured people. Shane particularly enjoys helping his clients who have been struck by drunk drivers receive the compensation they deserve. Shane has worked hard to develop contacts and relationships with many specialist doctors in the Atlanta area to help ensure that his clients can receive treatment no matter how seriously they are injured.

In addition to practicing law, Shane is married and has two small children. He attends and is a member of Holy Trinity Church with his family. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Masons, and the Shriners. Shane is admitted to practice law in all courts in Georgia and the Military Court System. Shane is also admitted to practice in the Middle District of Georgia.

License
  • Bar Number: 663357
    Georgia , 2000
Education
  • Georgia State College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2000
    Atlanta, GA
    Student Trial Lawyers Association
  • Georgia State University
    Bachelor of Science , 1997
    Atlanta, GA
    Army ROTC

Ron Smith

Ron Smith works as our office's managing attorney. He manages the cases from the initial intake to the end of the case. It is his duty to ensure we obtain the evidence we need to establish liability so the client can present their claim. Further, he helps the client get the medical treatment they may need and oversee in gathering the evidence to prove the client'

Johnny Phillips

Johnny Phillips is no stranger to Georgia. Johnny attended Stockbridge High School in Henry County. After a couple of years of college, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. Johnny served in the Air Force for four years as a Security Forces officer, stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base, MA. He also served his country by deploying overseas to Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait in 2002. During his enlistment, he received numerous honors, such as; the Air Force Achievement Medal (2004), Airman of the Year for Hanscom Air Force Base (2003), graduated 1st in Military Police Investigator School (2003), and the Outstanding Unit with Valor Medal (2002). Following his enlistment, Johnny moved to Brunswick Georgia and completed his Bachelor Degree at Armstrong Atlantic University in 2007. While completing this degree, he also served another four years in the Air National Guard and served his community as a Child Support Enforcement agent.

Throughout Johnny's military and civilian careers, he has constantly been working with the courts as either a witness or an advocate for the less fortunate, so it only seemed appropriate to him to continue on to law school. He attended his first year of law school at Mercer University and then went on to complete his Juris Doctor at Georgia State, where he graduated in the top five percent of his class. During law school Johnny participated in the Student Trial Lawyer Association and performed an externship with Judge John J. Goger, Superior Court, Fulton County. He also received the Cali award for Wills, Trusts and Estates, Bankruptcy and Public Health Law. While attending law school Johnny clerked for Attorney Earl Burke in Atlanta Georgia and Savage, Turner, Krauter, Pinkney, Britt and Madison in Savannah. Upon graduating from law school Johnny joined our team at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

Johnny works as a Litigation Attorney. He becomes involved in our clients' cases when negotiations break down and we are forced to file a lawsuit to advance our clients' interest. He is responsible for the lawsuit from the time that it is filed until a final resolution is made, either through reaching a settlement of claims or obtaining a jury verdict upon trial of the case. His responsibilities include drafting, filing, conducting discovery, negotiating with opposing counsel, presenting the clients' position at mediation, selecting juries for trial, and trying cases before those juries in Court. While a case is in litigation, Johnny works to uncover facts that will ultimately help our clients prevail at trial or force opposing counsel to reevaluate the value they place on our clients' claims. This is often achieved by conducting depositions of parties to the lawsuit, witnesses to the accident and experts. Johnny also serves as the voice of our clients in communications with opposing counsel and the Court.

When Johnny is not in the office he enjoys spending time with his family and his son, Holden. His hobbies include fishing, golf, and running.

Jason Slate

Jason Slate can now officially call Georgia his home. Growing up, Jason's father was a civil servant whose company worked for the United States Army. As a result, his family moved around a lot! Jason was born in Nashville, Tennessee. When he was five years old, he relocated to Manhattan, Kansas, while his father was stationed at Fort Riley. Three years later, they moved to Stuttgart, Germany, where he lived for three years. They did not live on the military base in Germany because his father was a civil servant and not technically a member of the armed services, so Jason spent those years living on the German economy even though he did not attend school on base. Jason appreciates the experience of living in Germany because he was able to travel most of Europe before reaching the age of eleven! When Jason was eleven, his family moved to Richmond Hill, Georgia where his father was stationed at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah. Jason lived there until graduating from Richmond Hill High School in 1997 and leaving for college.
Before graduating law school, Jason held many various jobs. Those jobs ranged from managing the day-to-day operations of a Cajun restaurant to selling options on heating oil and unleaded gasoline futures contracts in an Atlanta commodities brokerage firm. Jason received a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the University of Georgia, and graduated from Mercer Law School. He has received certification for completing the advanced legal writing curriculum at Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law. U.S. News and World Reports ranked the curriculum the #1 legal writing program in the United States. He is a recipient of the CALI Award for the law of Wills and Intestate Succession. While at Mercer, Jason served as Treasurer and Vice President of the Mercer Law Democratic Society in 2009 and 2010 respectively. In law school, Jason worked as a law clerk for a partner at the Dozier Law Firm in Macon, Georgia, where he had extensive responsibility for drafting legal pleadings and discovery materials in State and Federal plaintiff's civil cases. Upon graduating law school and passing the Georgia bar exam, Jason was hired as a litigation attorney at the Dozier Law Firm and retained the position until joining The Law Offices of Shane Smith in July of 2011.
Jason currently works as a Litigation Attorney for the Law Offices of Shane Smith. He gets involved in our clients' cases when negotiations break down and we are forced to file lawsuit to advance our client's interest. Jason is responsible for the lawsuit from the time that it is filed until a final resolutions is made, either through reaching a settlement of claims or obtaining a jury verdict upon trial of the case. Jason handles cases in both state and federal court. He is qualified to handle any appeals that might arise and is admitted to practice in the Court of Appeals of Georgia and the Georgia Supreme Court. His responsibilities include drafting, filing, and service of legal documents necessary to the case, conducting discovery, negotiating with opposing counsel, presenting the client's position at mediation, selecting juries for trial, and trying cases before those juries in Court. While a case is in litigation, Jason works to uncover facts that will ultimately help our clients prevail at trial or force opposing counsel to reevaluate the value they place on our clients' claims. This is often achieved by conducting depositions of parties to the lawsuit, witnesses to the accident and experts. He also serves as the voice of our clients in communications with opposing counsel and the Court.
In addition to practicing law, Jason is married with three beautiful daughters. He attends and is a member of the Peachtree City United Methodist Church.

Walter Smith

Walter Smith is a native Atlantan and attended High School at Woodward Academy in College Park, Georgia. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and History from the University of Kentucky, where he received many awards and honors including being named to the Dean'

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