Charlotte Personal Injury Firm helping North Carolina's Injured
We focus on helping injured people throughout Georgia, and North and South Carolina. We only take personal injury cases. This allows us to fully understand North Carolina 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. After working at one of the biggest Personal Injury Firms in Atlanta, Shane Smith left to start his 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 Shane has been able to hire several attorneys, with over 40 years of combined experience, including licensed professionals serving North and South Carolina. 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 we are constantly working in the best interests of our 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.
Charlotte NC 28201
Associate Lecturer, Charlotte School of Law
April 2014 Present Charlotte, North Carolina Area
Legal writing, professional responsibility, and academic success courses. Student mentoring and professional development.
Faculty, University of the Rockies
September 2011 April 2014
PhD courses and dissertation committees
Deputy County Attorney (Prosecutor/DA)
Cache County Attorney's Office
August 2009 April 2014
Adjunct Faculty - Business Law
University of Phoenix
August 2009 April 2014
Deputy County Attorney (Prosecutor/DA)
Maricopa County Attorney's Office, Phoenix, AZ
August 2006 August 2009
Faculty, Glendale Community College
August 2007 June 2009
Faculty, Criminal Justice
Volunteer Experience & Causes
Supreme Court of the U.S.
August 2001 December 2001
Conduct tours and provide informative lectures for visitors of the Supreme Court, including private tours for justices and their visitors. Legal documentation, writing, and research.
Member, North Carolina Bar Association
Admitted August 2014
Member, Utah State Bar Association, License 11716
Admitted December 2008
Member (inactive), Arizona State Bar Association, License 024733
Admitted August 2009
Languages: Lao, Thai
University of Utah
B.S. Business Management, 2002
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
JD, Law, 2006
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.
Bar Number: 663357
Georgia , 2000
Georgia State College of Law
Juris Doctorate , 2000
Student Trial Lawyers Association
Georgia State University
Bachelor of Science , 1997
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