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Michael J. Smith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Kirkwood, MO

Smith Mueller, LLC
130 W Monroe Ave
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Phone: 314-786-3553
Fax: 888-586-4255
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2022
Licensed in Missouri Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Defense, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
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Michael J. Smith is the founding member and partner at the Kirkwood, Missouri, law firm of Smith Mueller, LLC. With over 25 years of experience, the cases he has handled span a wide range. These include corporate and business law, estate planning, product liability, personal injury and wrongful death, professional liability, and insurance coverage and disputes.

With a genuine concern for those who are facing complex legal issues, Mr. Smith fights aggressively and tenaciously to obtain favorable results. He is qualified to practice in almost all the federal and state courts of Missouri, Illinois and Kansas, and before the Supreme Court of Missouri. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri School of Law in Columbia.

Prior to partnering with his current law firm, Mr. Smith gained extensive trial experience by practicing in Jefferson City and Kansas City. He has penned numerous articles and has written substantially on legal matters for many prominent publications.

With a passion for giving back to the community, Mr. Smith regularly volunteers to provide services. He is the director of the St. Clare of Assisi Parish Soccer Program and serves as the mock trial coach at the Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School.

Mr. Smith has received a great deal of favorable recognition from legal organizations and peers. He holds an AV Preeminent* peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the organization’s highest rating provided to attorneys with high professional ability and ethical standards. He was also listed in the Top 35 Up & Coming Lawyers by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

*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
  • 40%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense
  • 20%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 10%Business Litigation
  • 10%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10%Civil Litigation: Defense
  • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent, Non-Compete Agreements, Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff


15 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2022

About Michael J. Smith

First Admitted: 1994, Missouri

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Pro bono/Community Service

  • Director, St. Clare of Assisi Parish Soccer Program, 2007-2010
  • Youth Soccer Coach, 2000-Present


  • State ex rel. Holzum v. Schneider, 342 S.W.3d 313 (Mo. Banc 2011)
  • Mueller v. Bauer, 54 S.W.3d 652 (Mo. App. E.D. 2001)
  • Urologic Surgeons v. Bullock, 117 S.W.3d 722 (Mo. App. E.D. 2003)
  • Stern v. Internal Medicine Consultants, 452 F.3d 1015 (8th Cir. 2006)


  • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating of AV
  • Mock Trial Coach, Villa Duchesne High School, 2011-Present
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly Top 35 Up & Coming Lawyers, 2007
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2008-Present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • “Medical Malpractice Legal Update,” published in the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers Newsletter, Spring 2009
  • “Efficient Injustice: The Demise of the ‘Substantial Injustice’ Exception to Arbitral Finality,” University of Missouri Journal of Dispute Resolution, 1993
  • “Deposition Tips and Traps,” presented to the Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University Emergency Medicine Departments, 2002
  • “Missouri Tort Reform,” presented to The Medical Protective Company’s risk management seminar for its insureds, 2005
  • “Double Indemnity?,” presented at the Healthcare Services Group Annual Defense Counsel Seminar, 2006
  • “The Defense of Medical Malpractice Cases After Tort Reform,” presented at the Missouri Bar Association’s Annual Medical Malpractice Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2007
  • “Legal Update,” presented at the Washington University School of Medicine and BJC Health System Defense Counsel Seminar, 2008
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Office Location for Michael J. Smith

130 W Monroe Ave
Kirkwood, MO 63122

Phone: 314-786-3553

Fax: 888-586-4255

Last Updated: 5/31/2022

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