Rufus R. "Randy" Smith, Jr.

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Dothan, AL

Rufus R. Smith, Jr. & Associates
 | 129 South St. Andrews Street, Suite 102
Dothan, AL 36302
Phone: 800-234-6645
Fax: 334-671-7957
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1974
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Rufus R. Smith, Jr., is a highly experienced personal injury attorney in Dothan, Alabama. The founder of The Law Offices of Rufus R. Smith, Jr., Mr. Smith, handles all types of personal injury matters, representing clients throughout Alabama.

    Mr. Smith has been practicing law for over 45 years. Over the course of his career, he has handled personal injury cases involving automobile accidents, medical malpractice, defective product, toxic torts, wrongful death and catastrophic injuries, securing millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients.

    Recognizing his professional accomplishments, Martindale-Hubbell awarded Mr. Smith an AV Preeminent* peer review rating. This is the highest rating given by the organization, reflecting exceptional legal capability and ethical standards. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Phi Alpha Delta and Who’s Who in American Law. Additionally, he has been included in Best Lawyers every year since 1995.

    Mr. Smith belongs to the Houston County Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar and the Alabama Association for Justice, serving in various leadership roles within these organizations over the years. He holds a license to practice law before all Alabama state courts, various federal courts and the Supreme Court of the United States.

    After graduating from Troy State University with a bachelor’s degree, Mr. Smith received his law degree from Samford University Cumberland School of Law. He passed the Alabama Bar Examination and acquired his law license in 1974. Prior to founding his firm, he worked for the state of Alabama as a special assistant attorney general.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 70%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 20%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    • 10%Workers' Compensation: Claimant
    Focus Areas

    Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Trucking Accidents, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability


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    Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2020

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    About Rufus Smith, Jr.

    Admitted: 1974, Alabama

    Professional Webpage:


    • Top Lawyers in Alabama
    • Best Law Firms in Alabama
    • Who's Who in American Law
    • Phi Alpha Delta
    • Alabama Super Lawyers, 2008–Present
    • AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell® for over 30 years
    • Best Lawyers in Alabama
    • Listed in U.S News and Worlds Report and Newsweek as one of The Best Lawyers in America, 1995–Present
    • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Alabama State Bar, Member, Board of Bar Commissioners, 1998–2000, 1988–1991
    • Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, Executive Committee, 1982–2001, Member: Board of Governors, 1980–1982
    • Houston County Bar Association, President, 1994
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama, 1995
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 1996
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1981
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1979
    • Alabama and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama, 1974


    • $550,000.00 - Jane Martino, as personal representative of Terry Wayne McLaney, deceased vs. Indian River Foods, Inc., et. al. - Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in and for St. Lucie County, Florida -Wrongful death verdict and judgment for the Plaintiff after a two-week trial in the amount of $550,000.00
    • $690,000.00 - Frank LaDon Cook vs. Mills Timber Harvesting, Inc., et. al. - Circuit Court of Henry County, Alabama - While Plaintiff was setting up a mobile home, the jack slipped out and Plaintiff was pinned under the trailer, suffering severe injuries. Case settled at mediation for $690,000.00
    • $718,113.25 - James Edward Smith vs. Golden Peanut Company, LLC - US District Court of Alabama, Northern Division - Industrial accident resulting in Plaintiff suffering severe aggravations of COPD from Defendant dumping a load of plants on Plaintiff while he was making repairs in one of Defendant’s transfer pits. Verdict and judgment for the Plaintiff after a five-day trial in the amount of $718,113.25
    • $1,575,000.00 - Malika Oliver, et. al. vs. Kaya Associates, et. al. - Circuit Court of Houston County, Alabama - Drunk driver driving a company truck rear-ended Plaintiff and her two minor children traveling at 100 miles per hour in a 40 miles per hour area – case settled at mediation for $1,575,000.00
    • $800,000.00 - Philip B. McLauchlin vs. Joshua Clemons, et. al. - Circuit Court of Chilton County, Alabama - Pedestrian struck and killed while attempting to change a flat tire on Highway I-65 – case settled at mediation for $800,000.00
    • $2,000,000.00 - A vs. A - US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Southern Division - Medical malpractice case against OB/GYN and hospital on behalf of a minor child – settled four days into trial for $2,000,000.00
    • $1,000,000.00 - Terry McMullen vs. Cheatham, et. al. - Circuit Court of Macon County, Alabama - Construction accident – Plaintiff feel off the roof of a hunting lodge – multiple OSHA violations – resulted in a settlement at mediation for policy limits of $1,000,000.00
    • $1,500,000.00 - Catarina Chub, et. al. vs. James W. Copeland and First Advantage LNS Screening, et. al. - Circuit Court of Houston County, Alabama - Minor child raped at apartment complex by 4-time felon recently released from prison for multiple rapes, was screened by national screening company reporting that he had no arrests or convictions – raped minor one month after being allowed to rent the apartment next door - Settled at mediation for $1,500,000.00
    • $13,653,415.00 - Carter Brothers Manufacturing Company vs. Lumbermen’s Underwriting Alliance - US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama - Manufacturing case resulting in a verdict for the Plaintiff in the amount of $13,653,415.00
    • $1,400,000 - Steve Snell, et al. vs. Home Cable Concepts of Tennessee, Inc., et al. - Case Number: CV-96-643-H, in the Circuit Court of Houston County, Alabama. This was a class action consumer fraud suit that was certified for settlement purposes as a class action and resulted in a $1,400,000 settlement prior to trial.
    • $2,250,000.00 - Kathryn Bielski vs. Alfred Saliba Corporation, et. al. - US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Southern Division - Defective attic ladder case against builder and relator – settled at mediation for $2,250,000.00
    • $2,000,000.00 - Mary Girtman, individually, as surviving spouse and personal representative of Otis Girtman, deceased vs. McLendon Acres, Inc., et. al. - US District Court for the Middle District of Georgia - Wrongful death cased settled at mediation for $2,000,000.00
    • $1,200,000 - Anonymous vs. Anonymous - This was a complex product liability case against a four-wheel off-terrain vehicle manufacturer, alleging a defective design which resulted in the plaintiff’s minor child being ejected from the vehicle and killed. The case was settled prior to opening arguments for $1,200,000.
    • $2,650,000 - Anonymous vs. Anonymous - This was a complex premises liability/products liability case against the owner and builders of a retaining wall located on the Chattahoochee River in Seminole County, Georgia, where the retaining wall failed and two steel beams fell into a fishing boat, killing a 14-year-old boy. The case was settled for $2,650,000 without filing suit.
    • $3,000,000 - Anonymous vs. Anonymous - Plaintiff suffered brain damage as a result of a pedestrian/automobile accident that occurred in New York City, New York. Plaintiff was walking across a busy intersection in New York City and was struck by a delivery truck. The case was settled prior to trial in the amount of $3,000,000.
    • $2,650,000 - Gussie Williams as Administratrix of the Estate of Melissie McKissic, et al. vs. Dixie Erectors, Inc., a Georgia Corporation - Case Number: 91-A-12540S, United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Southern Division. This was a truck/automobile accident case that resulted in the death of two adults and one minor. The plaintiffs were returning from a state penitentiary in Artmore, Alabama where they had visited the husband (who was on death row) of one of the adults killed in the accident and father of the minor killed in the accident. The case was settled prior to trial in the amount of $2,650,000.
    • $3,000,000 - Avis Darlene Dykes vs. Shalimar Contractors, Inc., Snyder General Corporation, et al. - Case Number: CV-90-139; In the Circuit Court of Barbour County, Alabama, Eufaula Division. This was a products liability action in which it was alleged that the plaintiff’s three-year-old twin sons were killed as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning proximately caused by a defect in a gas furnace. The case was settled three days into the trial for $3,000,000.
    • $3,350,000 - Anonymous vs. Anonymous - This is a complex products liability case against an automobile manufacturer; alleging a defective door latch which resulted in the plaintiff being ejected from the automobile. Plaintiff suffered brain damage and was paralyzed below the waist. The case was settled for $3,350,000 after the jury was struck but before opening arguments.
    • $4,100,000 - Thomas Wayne Trawick, et al. vs. Browning Arms Company and Michaels of Oregon Company, et al. - Case Number: 88-T-413-N, United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Northern Division. This was a complex products liability action against a gun manufacturer and the manufacturer of a quick detachable [QD] swivel that connected a high-powered rifle to a strap for a hunter to carry the gun over his shoulder. This action resulted in a $100,000 Pro Tanto settlement with Browning Arms Company prior to trial and a $4,000,000 verdict on behalf of the plaintiff against the defendant, Michaels of Oregon Company, the manufacturer of the [QD] swivel. The plaintiff’s injuries consisted primarily of the loss of his left arm as a result of an accidental gunshot wound.
    • $5,400,000 - Brenda Griffin Toole, et al. vs. Richmond C. McClintock and Baxter Healthcare Corporation - Case Number: 90-H-195-S, United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Southern Division. This was a complex products liability/medical malpractice action litigated for eight days before the Honorable Truman Hobbs in July of 1991. It resulted in the largest verdict ever rendered at the time in the United States on behalf of a plaintiff against a silicone gel-filled breast implant manufacturer. The plaintiff recovered a verdict in the amount of $5,400,000.
    • $80,800,000 - Artie Mae Jeter, et al. v. Orkin Exterminating Company, Inc., et al. - Case Number: CV-99-117, in the Circuit Court of Macon County, Alabama. This was a complex consumer fraud case involving an elderly African American plaintiff, who died prior to trial. After a one-week trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiff in the amount of $80,800,000. The trial court reduced the verdict to $4,400,000. On appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court the case was affirmed upon plaintiff’s acceptance of a remitted judgment in the amount of $2,300,000.
    • $17,400,000 - Marianne S. Mashburn vs. National Healthcare, Inc., a Corporation, et al. - Case Number: 87-D-0070-S, United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama, Southern Division, 684 F.Supp.679 (M.D.Ala.1988). This was a class action securities fraud suit that was certified as a class action which resulted in a $17,400,000 settlement, prior to trial., 1999

    Educational Background:

    • B.S., Troy State University, 1971
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    129 South St. Andrews Street
    Suite 102
    Dothan, AL 36302

    Phone: 800-234-6645

    Fax: 334-671-7957

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