Joel E. Smith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Plymouth, MN

Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm, LLC
 | 3675 Plymouth Boulevard, Suite 105
Plymouth, MN 55446
Phone: 763-433-2267
Fax: 763-746-7801
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2000 - 2002, 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 1999
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Joel E. Smith is an attorney at Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm, LLC, in Plymouth, Minnesota. With decades of experience in personal injury and medical malpractice, Mr. Smith handles cases involving birth, brain and spinal cord injuries, bicycle and trucking accidents and professional malpractice. His law firm places a special emphasis on representing the elderly and their relatives in cases involving nursing home abuse and neglect.

    A graduate of Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, Mr. Smith later earned a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. He represents clients in Plymouth and throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, including Carver, Hennepin, Ramsey and Scott counties.

    His outstanding work on behalf of accident and abuse victims has earned Mr. Smith membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization comprising solely attorneys who have obtained multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for clients.

    Mr. Smith is a member of the Hennepin County Bar Association and the Minnesota State Bar Association, where he serves on the governing council for the elder law section. Mr. Smith serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Association for Justice and is a former chairperson of the group's nursing home litigation committee. He also belongs to the American Association for Justice.

    Passionate about his chosen area of law, Mr. Smith regularly gives presentations and contributes to publications on topics including nursing home abuse, legal ethics and deposition strategies. He has presented numerous lectures for various state bar associations and organizations, such as the American Association for Justice and Minnesota Continuing Legal Education's Insurance Law Institute.

    Practice Areas
    • 80%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 20 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

    Super Lawyers: 2000 - 2002, 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2021 Rising Stars: 1999

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    About Joel Smith

    Admitted: 1990, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage:


    • Best Lawyers in America
    • Recognized as a "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics magazine since 2001

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Association for Justice, Nursing Home Litigation Committee
    • Rotary Club of Lake Minnetonka-Excelsior
    • Minnesota Association for Justice, Board of Directors
    • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
    • MSBA's Vulnerable Adults Committee, Co-Chairperson
    • American Association for Justice, Leadership Forum Member
    • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Minnesota Association for Justice, Nursing Home Litigation Committee, Chairperson

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Board of Directors for the Elder Care Rights Alliance

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "Nursing Home Litigation," Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association conference (Mar. 2003)
    • "Litigation Ethics," North Dakota Bar Association Conference (Dec. 2004)
    • "Zen and the Art of Cross Examination of the Defendant Expert," ATLA Jazz Fest conference, New Orleans (May 2002)
    • "Long-Term Care: Identifying the Risks," ProSource conference (Sept. 2002)
    • "Nursing Home Cases," Insurance Law Institute conference (July 2003)
    • "Nursing Home Litigation," Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association conference (April 2004)
    • "Dealing with Abusive Deposition Adversaries," North Dakota Bar Association conference (Dec. 2004)
    • "Strategic Use of Rule 30(b)(6), 30(b)(5) and 34," North Dakota Bar Association conference (Dec. 2004)
    • "Nursing Home Litigation," Elder Law Institute, Minnesota State Bar Association conference (Oct. 2005)
    • "Eldercare Law," St. Thomas Law School presentation (Nov. 2006)
    • "Igniting Damages in Elder Care," Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association conference (Mar. 2007)
    • "Igniting Damages in Elder Care," Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association conference (Mar. 2007)
    • "Nursing Home Litigation and Ethics," Elder Care Rights Alliance annual conference (May 2007)
    • "Nursing Home Litigation," Washington State Association for Justice conference (April 2012)
    • "Nursing Home Litigation," William Mitchell College of Law presentation (Nov. 2012)
    • "Nursing Home Litigation," Strafford Publications (June 2012)
    • "Nursing Home Litigation," National Business Institute (June 2012)
    • "Litigating Nursing Home Injury Claims: Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives," Strafford Publications (June 2013)
    • "Nailing the 30(b)(6) Deposition," Academy of Rail Labor Attorney's, Naples, FL, (May 9, 2014)
    • "Nursing Home Failure of Care Litigation," WEBINAR, National Business Institute (June 16, 2014)
    • "Repeal Minnesota's Outdated Abate Statute," Minnesota Association for Justice Magazine, Co-Author Mark Kosieradzki (Winter 2014)
    • "Mismanaged Meds," Trial Magazine, American Association for Justice (Oct. 2013)
    • "Nursing Home Litigation," Elder Law Handbook, 3 ed., Chapter 24, Minnesota State Bar Association (2012)
    • "Deposition Misconduct Warrants Attorney Sanction," Minnesota Lawyer (March 26, 2007)
    • "Nursing Home Litigation," Tort Litigation, Chapter 63, Association of Trial Lawyers of America/West Group (2003)
    • Co-author of Thompson-West Publication's Tort Litigation chapter on Nursing Home Litigation

    Educational Background:

    • St. John's University, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), English Language and Literature, 1983 - 1987

    Industry Groups

    • AAJ Nursing Home Litigation Group
    • American Association For Justice (AAJ)
    • Hennepin County Bar Association
    • Minnesota Association For Justice (MNAJ)
    • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)
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    Office Location for Joel E. Smith

    3675 Plymouth Boulevard
    Suite 105
    Plymouth, MN 55446

    Phone: 763-433-2267

    Fax: 763-746-7801

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