James E. Smith

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  • Partner at Gazak Brown, P.S.C. (13 Attorneys)
  • 3220 Office Pointe Place, Suite 200, Louisville, KY 40220
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  • James E. Smith, J.D.
    AV Rating - Martindale-Hubbell
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I was honorably discharged from the United States Army after serving as a Cavalry Scout with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, the 16th Cavalry, and the 7th Cavalry, and having earned the rank of Sergeant.

Following my service I began my studies at the University of Louisville, School of Nursing. While there, among other things, I worked as a research assistant where I studied depression amongst pregnant and
parent teenagers. I presented the findings at the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society Convention.

During my studies, I was honored with the privilege of further serving our nation as a VALOR Student at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky where I learned from some of the best nurses in our country. Upon graduating and becoming a registered nurse, I transitioned directly into the role of a bed-side caregiver for our veterans in that same facility’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit.

During my work at the VA, I began my legal studies at the Brandeis School of Law where I served as the Vice-Chair and then Chair of the Student Bar Foundation where we raised and distributed funds to assist in the delivery of legal services to underprivileged populations.

Just prior to graduation from law school, I saw a listing for a “boutique medical malpractice defense firm.” I researched the firm and learned that the two named partners had also served our country. I knew I had found my calling and I have been at the same firm ever since. I have obtained an AV- Martindale-Hubbell Rating, the highest rating obtainable, for my ethical and professional standards.

My favorite part of my practice is being able to obtain a just and right result for healthcare providers who have been accused of wrongdoing. I honestly feel that every aspect of my background has brought me to that mission.

Fraternities: Sigma Theta Tau; Phi Eta Sigma; Phi Kappa Phi.

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Licensure Defense

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
502-526-4318  Phone
502-498-8725  Phone
866-672-9667  Phone
502-412-5020 x 104  Phone
502-412-1004  Fax
University Attended:
University of Louisville, B.S.N., Cum Laude; Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing; President's Outstanding Graduate; VALOR Student, Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, 2001
Law School Attended:
Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, J.D., Cum Laude; Inn of Court; Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges, 2005
Year of First Admission:
2005, Kentucky; 2008, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 2005, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky; 2005, U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
United States Army, Sergeant - Cavalry Scout, 1991-1997.
Hobbies & interests:
Camping, fishing, shooting and Boy Scout Leader.

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Louisville, Kentucky

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