Timothy P. Smith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Traverse City, MI

Smith & Johnson Attorneys, PC
 | 603 Bay Street, PO Box 705
Traverse City, MI 49685
Phone: 231-668-9830
Fax: 231-946-1735
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2014
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Family Law (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Mr. Smith has practiced as a trial attorney since graduating Notre Dame Law School in 1992. He has litigated cases across the country including cases from Ventura County, California to Middlesex County, New Jersey. He practices in both State and Federal courts.

In 2017, he began representing Michigan cities and counties in what has shaped up to be one of the largest pieces of litigation ever in the history of our federal court system. The majority of Northern Michigan and Upper Peninsula counties retained Mr. Smith and his team to represent their interests in MDL 2804, in RE: National Prescription Opioid Litigation currently pending in the Federal Court for the Northern District of Ohio. In 2017, he began filing Ethicon PhysioMesh cases here in Michigan. Those cases are currently pending as part of a Federal Multidistrict Litigation in the Northern District of Georgia.

In addition to complex Federal Court MDLs, he represents individuals in a broad array of cases. In 1998, in Oscoda County, he obtained the highest plaintiffs verdict in the history of that county. He has a proven track record not only in injury cases, but divorce, criminal, and civil litigation.

In 2017 and 2018, for a single Credit Union client, he collected over $2,400,000.

In 2002, at 34 years of age, he was one of the youngest attorneys in the state to receive an AV-rating, the highest rating, from Martindale-Hubbell. In 2018, Best Lawyers listed Mr. Smith as the Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year for Northern Michigan. Both Best Lawyers and Martindale-Hubbell rely on peer review from other attorneys and local judges as to these rankings, which, represent the highest level of professional excellence in the field.

He is a frequent speaker in the area of litigation strategies and techniques and has annually moderated the Michigan Trial Lawyers Winter Seminar since 2000. In 2006 he was named to the 40 under 40 list by the Grand Traverse Business News and was named to the “A-List” of attorneys in Northern Michigan by Traverse the Magazine.

Mr. Smith has sat on the Board of Directors for the Father Fred Foundation, the Board of Trustees of the Great Lakes Children’s Museum, the Board of Directors for the Brain Injury Association of Michigan, and the Executive Board of the Michigan Association for Justice, fka – Michigan Trial Lawyers Association. He currently sits as a director on the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce Board.

Mr. Smith was a licensed fly fishing guide from 1999 to 2009, spent many evenings coaching kids basketball, softball and volleyball, enjoys hunting and fishing throughout Northern Michigan and currently enjoys being an empty nester with his wife Shawn now that Caroline, Molly and Luke have headed off to college.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used 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 ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (60%): Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Family Law (20%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Marital Property, Father's Rights

Business Litigation (20%)

Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Marital Property, Father's Rights


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Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2014

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About Timothy Smith

Admitted: 1993, Michigan

Professional Webpage: http://www.smith-johnson.com/attorneys-at-law/timothy-p-smit...


  • Nominated to and accepted into The Fellows of the Michigan State Bar Foundation - lawyers elected to membership in the Fellows are chosen for outstanding professional ability and community service.
  • Recognized by Grand Traverse Business News in 2006 as one of "40 under 40" years of age who are most influential in area business.
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers. Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. Additional recognitions are also awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and region. Only one attorney is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location. Tim Smith was selected as the 2018 Northern Michigan Personal Injury Litigation Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year., Lawyer of the Year 2018, Best Lawyers, 2017
  • Recipient of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Distinguished Service Award 2003 for working to raise money for the Father Fred Foundation which clothes and feeds the poor of Northern Michigan.
  • Recognized in 2008 by Traverse the Magazine as one of the "A-List" attorneys in Northern Michigan.
  • Recipient of the 1994 Distinguished Service Award from Lutheran Social Services of Michigan for work in helping Haitian teenagers seeking political asylum here in the United States.
  • Top 100 Trial Attorneys in Michigan. The American Trial Lawyers Association limits it's membership to the Top 100 trial attorneys in each state. Membership is through a peer reviewed process starting with nomination by existing members, Top 100 Trial Attorneys in Michigan, The American Trial Lawyers Association, 2009
  • Selected to the Irish Legal 100 which is comprised of some of the most accomplished and distinguished lawyers of Irish descent from all across America. Lawyers are chosen from law schools, law firms, the judiciary and industry. Chief Justice John G. Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court and Justice Anthony Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court were selected for this honor as well as other leading Irish attorneys throught the United States., Irish Legal 100, Irish Voice Newspaper, 2012

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Recieved an A-V rating from Martindale-Hubbel at the age of 34.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Asked by the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association to organize and moderate their winter seminar re: litigation strategies and techniques 2000 - 2016
  • Member, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Executive Board

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Regularly performs pro bono work in Northern Michigan. Has served on the Excutive Boards of The Great Lakes Children's Museum and The Father Fred Foundation. Has served on the Advisory Council of National City Bank.
  • Asked to serve on the Legal Advisory Council to the Sara Jane Brain Foundation, 2009
  • Elected to the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan., 2009

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Frequent Lecturer, Traumatic Brain Injury, Litigation Strategies and Techniques.
  • Presenter, 2 webinars on "Endocrine Dysfunction following Traumatic Brain Injury" to a national audience.
  • Lead Author, Hedonic Damages in Michigan, Michigan Bar Association Litigation Section Magazine, 2002
  • Regular speaker at Michigan Association for Justice's annual Auto No-Fault seminar.


  • Many 6 and 7 figure verdicts and settlements. In 1998, I recieved the highest plaintiffs verdict in the history of Oscoda County Michigan.

Representative Clients:

  • My partners and I perform specialized Auto No-Fault collection work and general collection work for many Michigan health care providers including Munson Medical Center, Great Lakes Plastic Surgery Center, Great Lakes Orthopaedic Center, Lighthouse Neuro Rehabilitation, Irvine Head injury Program, St. Francis Hospital of Escanaba, Alpena Regional Medical Center, Tri-County Home Care, Rehab Solutions and Associates PC, E.S.S.I.E., LLC, Functional Recovery Inc., Kresnak Consulting LLC, Triumph Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Transit, Interim Health Care, Hall Periodontics, Foust Case Management Inc., and A-Elite Home Care Services.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  •  I've been married to my wife Shawn for 26 years and have two daughters - Caroline and Molly, and a son named Luke.

Educational Background:

  • Traverse City Senior High School, 1985
  • University of Notre Dame - English and Philosophy, 1989

Industry Groups

  • American Trial Lawyers Association - Top 100 Attorneys In Michigan
  • Association Of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers
  • Brain Injury Association Of Michigan - Board Of Directors
  • InjuryBoard.com Regional Editor - Michigan
  • Michigan Trial Lawyers Association - Executive Board Member
  • The Sara Jane Brain Foundation - Legal Advisory Counsel
  • Trout Unlimited - Life Member
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Office Location for Timothy P. Smith

603 Bay Street
PO Box 705
Traverse City, MI 49685

Phone: 231-668-9830

Fax: 231-946-1735

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Last Updated: 4/18/2019

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