David E. Smith

David E. Smith: Attorney with Smith Zitano Law Firm LLP
  • Partner at Smith Zitano Law Firm LLP (2 Attorneys)
  • 641 Fulton Avenue, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95825-4869
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In his 30-year legal career, attorney David Smith has learned that when people are seriously injured, or have lost a family member because of someone's negligence or carelessness, they want their attorney to possess three essential qualities: Experience, Compassion, and Integrity, as well as a track record of proven results in tough cases in the courtroom.

David's experience spans decades of providing aggressive and effective advocacy for seriously injured plaintiffs throughout California and all 50 states. In recognition of his many significant jury verdicts and settlements in a wide range of serious injury cases, David Smith has been selected for membership in ABOTA, the American Board of Trial Advocacy. Membership in ABOTA is an honor which is granted only to those advocates and trial attorneys who are recognized by their peers in the legal community to possess the highest level of trial advocacy skills and professional ethics.

Traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, paralysis, burns, medical malpractice, disability discrimination, birth injuries, nursing home and elder abuse, and medication error cases are among the most complex and challenging types of personal injury cases for an attorney to effectively litigate or take to jury trial. The trial attorney must master the complex medical issues, communicate to the jury the catastrophic effect of serious injuries upon human lives, and possess the ability to credibly establish the financial loss and damages, emotional trauma, and pain and suffering experienced by accident victims.

David is widely recognized and respected for his hard-earned medical and pharmaceutical knowledge and experience. He has been a frequent lecturer to other attorneys, as well as to health care providers, on a wide range of medical topics and the handling of complex medical issues. This experience provides him with a keen understanding of the causes as well as the long term consequences of catastrophic physical injuries.

He has lectured on a wide range of medical-legal issues including the cross examination of medical expert witnesses, the effective presentation of medical evidence at trial, medication and drug errors, the trial of medical and pharmacy malpractice cases, internet medical research, and medical technology, including the obtaining and effective use of electronic medical records (EMR).

Most importantly, David puts his experience and expansive medical knowledge to work for each and every one of his clients to insure that they receive the maximum compensation possible for their injuries and losses.

Professional Associations

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) - Member, 2005 - 2011

Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) - Member, 1990 - 2011

· 2010 - Recipient CAOC Award of Merit

· 2010 - 2011 - At Large Member Board of Directors

· 2005 - 2009 - Member Board of Governors

Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association (CCTLA) - Member, 1990 - 2011

· 1994 - 2011 - Board of Directors

· 2001 - President

· 2003 - Award of Merit

San Francisco Trial Lawyers (SFTLA) - Member, 2009 - 2011

American Association for Justice (AAJ) - Member, 1990 - 2011
- Formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)

Co-Chair Pharmacy Liability Litigation Section, 2009

Community Service

· Sacramento Child Advocates (SCA) - 2008 - 2010 Member - Developmental Board

· Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA) - 2011

Areas of Practice (16)

  • Serious Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Defamation Cases
  • Birth Injury / Cerebral Palsy
  • Kaiser Medical Malpractice
  • Medication Errors
  • Pharmacy Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Negligence & Elder Abuse
  • Truck, Automobile, Motorcycle and Bicycle Accidents
  • Dangerous Drugs
  • Defective Medical Devices
  • Premises Liability and Falls
  • Burns and Propane Explosions

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
866-967-6541  Phone
916-333-5338  Fax
University Attended:
University of San Francisco, B.A., 1970
Law School Attended:
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., Traynor Honor Society, 1976
Year of First Admission:
1976, California
Birth Information:
Born Great Falls, Montana, August 23, 1948
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