Adam Smith

Top rated Workers' Compensation attorney in Goldsboro, North Carolina

Riddle & Brantley, LLP
Adam Smith
Riddle & Brantley, LLP

Practice Areas: Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation

Licensed in North Carolina since: 2003

Education: Duke University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020, 2022 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2018
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Riddle & Brantley, LLP

601 N Spence Ave
Goldsboro, NC 27534 Phone: 919-205-9327 Email: Adam Smith Visit website


Adam Smith represents clients throughout the state who have suffered serious personal injuries in workplace accidents or due to the negligence of others in matters involving motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice and products liability. He has been certified as a specialist in workers compensation law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization and has received an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Smith completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University, graduating cum laude in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. He then went on to attend Duke University School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 2003. While in law school, Mr. Smith was a member of the editorial board of the Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy. Admitted to practice in North Carolina, Mr. Smith is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

A frequent guest lecturer and speaker at seminars and continuing education courses, Mr. Smith has given presentations before a variety of professional groups on such topics as the admissibility of evidence in personal injury litigation and the use of expert witnesses. He is a member of the 10th District Judicial Bar and the Wake County Bar Association. Mr. Smith is also an active participant in North Carolina Advocates for Justice, and he has been elected vice chairman of the organization's Products Liability Section, having previously served as the membership chair of that section.

*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 confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

First Admitted: 2003, North Carolina

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Membership Chair, North Carolina Advocates, Justice’s Product Liability section
  • Vice Chairman, North Carolina Advocates, Justice’s Product Liability section
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • Fourth Circuit, Court of Appeals
  • NC Advocates for Justice
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Tenth District Judicial Bar
  • Board Certified by North Carolina State Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presenter, Bulletproofing Your Expert Witness from Daubert Attacks, N.C. Advocates for Justice
  • Featured Speaker Before the Eastern NC Chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants
  • Author of "Evidence: Getting It In and Keeping It Out" for Trialbriefs Magazine
  • Speaker Before North Carolina Advocates for Justice on Admissibility of Evidence in Civil Trials
  • "Products Liability Claims, in Camouflage", TRIAL BRIEFS, North Carolina Advocates for Justice Publication, (June 2011)
  • Editorial Board of the Journal of Gender Law & Policy, Duke University School of Law
  • Frequent Speaker, Continuing Legal Education courses across North Carolina
  • Speaker, Admissibility of Evidence in Personal Injury Lawsuits before the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Presented at a seminar on Litigation Involving Battery Ingestion at the North Carolina Advocates for Justice's annual Mountain Magic convention in Asheville, 2013
  • Guest Lecturer, Damages in Personal Injury Lawsuits, National Business Institute
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified Specialist in Worker's Compensation Law by North Carolina State Bar
  • W.B. McGuire scholarship
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • The Claimant was on his lunch break but still on the jobsite when he was shot and killed by a co-worker. The Employer denied that the injury was compensable and claimed that the Claimant was not on duty at the time, and that the shooting was not related to workplace duties. The Full Commission found in favor of the Claimant, ruling that the Claimant was still on duty and subject to his employer’s control at the time of the incident, and that the shooting was the result of a workplace dispute, meaning that the employer was liable to pay worker’s compensation benefits to the deceased Claimant’s family. Settlement: Confidential.
Educational Background:
  • Duke University, B.A. in Political Science., Honors: cum laude, Honors: Received the Garda scholarship, Honors: Inducted into the Pi Sigma Alpha honor society for achievement in political science, 2000

Office location for Adam Smith

601 N Spence Ave
Goldsboro, NC 27534


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  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020, 2022 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2015 - 2018

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