Bruce A. Smith

Bruce A. Smith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Longview, TX

Ward, Smith & Hill, PLLC
 | 1507 Bill Owens Parkway, Longview, TX 75604
Phone: 903-757-6400
Fax: 903-757-2323
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2010, 2013 - 2014, 2018 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1986
Education: Baylor Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Business Litigation (40%)
    Attorney Profile

    There are attorneys who claim to be trial lawyers, and then there are lawyers who take cases to trial. Since Bruce Smith started practicing law in 1986, he has tried more than 50 cases to verdict, including two cases before the Supreme Court of Texas. Mr. Smith’s legal expertise includes cases involving covenants not to compete, breach of contract, commercial disputes, trade secrets, personal injury, tortious interference, negligence and sovereign immunity.

    Mr. Smith gained substantial experience in complex litigation and commercial litigation after beginning his legal career defending insurance companies and corporations. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a designation earned by less than 3 percent of all Texas lawyers.

    Today, Mr. Smith continues to rack up major courtroom victories for both plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation and commercial litigation. He and the other attorneys at Ward, Smith & Hill, PLLC have earned a national reputation in high-stakes litigation, including personal injury cases and a broad range of commercial disputes involving patent infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, intellectual property law disputes, and oil & gas litigation. Ward, Smith & Hill, PLLC frequently assists lawyers nationwide in complex cases before East Texas juries.

    Mr. Smith has been recognized and selected by his peers to Best Lawyers in America and Texas Super Lawyers lists, and he maintains an “AV” rating from the Martindale-Hubbell peer-review publication based on his strong adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria.

    Certificates and Credentials

    About Bruce Smith

    Admitted: 1986, Texas

    Professional Webpage:


    • Best Lawyers in America, Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation, 2018, 2019, 2020
    • Ranked among the Best Law Firms in IP Litigation by US News/Best Lawyers, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
    • Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019
    • Smith regularly appears on the Texas Super Lawyers list, based on nominations sought from more than 70,000 lawyers across the state of Texas. He maintains an “AV Preeminent” rating from the Martindale-Hubbell peer-review publication.

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Board of Trial Advocates 
    • American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
    • Northeast Texas Bar Association
    • Texas Bar Foundation
    • Eastern District of Texas Bar Association
    • Gregg County Bar Association, President, 1992


    • Attorney Bruce A. Smith secured a $6 million settlement for an individual who suffered severe injuries in an automobile collision. Geneva Kay Downey as Guardian of the Person and Estate of Don Paul Downey, Jr. and Sarah Heald, as Next Friend for Dayton Downey and Slade Downey, Minors v. Mike Cisneros, Inc. dba 4C Construction and Jesus Pena; No. CV16-0070-3; In the 3rd Judicial District Court of Henderson County, Texas, 2016
    • Smith, along with attorneys at Rice & Kendig, successfully obtained a significant settlement for the Estate of an individual who died from injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident against Steadfast Concrete, Inc. Gene Payne, Executor of the Estate of Sandy Dunn v. Steadfast Concrete, Inc. and Jesus Reyes Garcia, No. 2:12cv316, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division., 2013
    • Smith and co-counsel won a sizeable verdict for an individual business owner in this breach-of-contract case. Scott D. Martin vs. Ruben S. Martin, III, No. 2008-961-A, 188th Judicial District Court of Gregg County, Texas., 2009

    Educational Background:

    • Smith earned his law degree from Baylor University School of Law in Waco, Texas, in 1986. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor of business administration degree from Southern Methodist University in 1983.
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    Office Location for Bruce A. Smith

    1507 Bill Owens Parkway
    Longview, TX 75604

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    Last Updated: 3/30/2020

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