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Clifton Smoot

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in San Francisco, CA

The Veen Firm, PC
20 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-673-4800
Fax: 415-771-5845
Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 2015
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Attorney Profile

An advocate for the injured, Clifton Smoot represents people in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area in California. He is an attorney at The Veen Firm, PC, where he handles personal injury cases that involve matters such as brain injuries, wrongful death, motor vehicle accidents and catastrophic injuries.

Believing that clients deserve to have a voice, Mr. Smoot collaborates closely with people in order to tell their stories. He has successfully taken on insurance companies, manufacturers and large corporations through depicting negligence and illustrating the ways the wrongdoing caused clients harm.

Personal injury law is constantly evolving, which is why Mr. Smoot is engaged with several legal organizations. He stays on top of case law and trends through groups such as the Consumer Attorneys of California, the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association and The Lawyers Club of San Francisco American Inn of Court.

Mr. Smoot’s background includes representing defendants in personal injury cases. That experience gives him a comprehensive insight into how to build a compelling case for recovering compensation. He is a published author and is frequently asked to be a guest speaker on his practice area.

In 2007, Mr. Smoot earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and Spanish and graduated cum laude from Johns Hopkins University. He then graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 2015. While in law school, he won several awards as part of moot court competitions. He currently serves as the coach of the law school’s trial team.

Outside his practice, Mr. Smoot enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, as well as hiking and swimming.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Personal Injury - Defense


6 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2017 - 2022

About Clifton Smoot

First Admitted: 2015, California

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Educational Background

  • Johns Hopkins University, B.A. cum laude, Major: Sociology and Spanish - 2007

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • UC Hastings College of the Law, “How to Memorize Everything for the California Bar Exam,” July 2016, January 2017
  • Defense Apologies At Trial, January, 2017
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Tahoe Seminar, "Apologies in Litigation," March 2017

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Bay Area Bicycle Law, Clerk
  • Immigrant Center for Women & Children, Volunteer Clerk
  • American Association for Justice
  • San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, Intern
  • Bay Area Legal Aid, Clerk
  • Goeschl Law Corporation, Legal Assistant
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Lawyers' Club of San Francisco Inn of Court
  • Bogaards Davis, LLP, Attorney
  • Legal Services for Children, Extern
  • Jackson & Hertogs, Paralegal
  • California, 2015
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • Hon. A. James Robertson, II, Judicial Extern

Pro bono/Community Service

  • UC Hastings College of Law, Trial Team Coach
  • Coppers Dream Rescue, Volunteer
  • Buena Vista Neighborhood Association


  • Outstanding Pro Bono Service, 2015
  • Best Brief” and “Best Oral Advocate, UC Hastings Moot Court, 2013
  • Pfaff Trial Lawyer Scholarship, 2015
  • Certificate in Child Advocacy, Legal Services for Children, 2015
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Office Location for Clifton Smoot

20 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Phone: 415-673-4800

Fax: 415-771-5845

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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