Stephen M. Smith

Stephen M. Smith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Hampton, VA

Brain Injury Law Center
 | 2100 Kecoughtan Road, PO Box 1437
Hampton, VA 23661
Phone: 757-650-9818
Fax: 757-244-7046
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1974
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Stephen M. Smith, founder of the Brain Injury Law Center, has litigated traumatic brain injury cases for over 43 years. He won the largest personal injury verdict in Virginia history and the largest mild traumatic brain injury verdict ever awarded in the world. Included in The Best Lawyers in America for the last 25 years, Smith is licensed to practice in Virginia, New York, and the District of Columbia. He is former Chairman of the AAJ Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group and is an Exexcutive Board member, awarded Diplomate status by the American Board of Trial Advocates and national board member, is  former President of the Brain Injury Association of Virginia, is Board member of the Public Justice Foundation, is an Executive Committee member of the National Trial Lawyers Association, is President-elect of the American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys, is President of the National Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association, is a Fellow of the National College of Advocacy  and is a Fellow of and a national board member of the Belli Society,  is the National Secretary of the Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, is a National Board member of the Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of Americ, is a Regional Director of the Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, is a Fellow of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, is an adjunct Professor of Law at the College of William and Mary School of Law, is the Invited Litigator in Residence at the College of William and Mary School of Law, is included in the Washington Post Washington DC- Area's Best Lawyers, included in Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

About Stephen Smith

Admitted: 1974, Virginia

Professional Webpage: http://www.brain-injury-law-center.com/about-us.html

Honors/Awards:

  • Honors and Memberships State Bars:Honors and Memberships State Bars New York State Bar Virginia State Bar District of Columbia Bar Bar Associations American Bar Association: Section of Litigation Section of Tort and Insurance Practice District of Columbia Bar Association Federal Bar Association Hampton Bar Association - President 2002-2003 International Bar Association New York Criminal and Civil Courts Bar Association New York State Bar Association Newport News Bar Association Virginia Beach Bar Association Virginia State Bar Association Virginia Bar AssociationTrial Lawyers Associations Alabama Trial Lawyers Association American Association for Justice: Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group,  Chairman Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, Executive Board Toxic Mold Litigation Group Vaccine Litigation Group PPA/Rezulin Litigation Group Baycol Litigation Group Leader's Forum National College of Advocacy - Fellow New York County Lawyers Association New York State Trial Lawyers Association Southern Trial Lawyers Association - Fellow Public Justice: Executive Board State Coordinator Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Williamsburg SocietyAdditional Professional Affiliations American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Diplomate National Board Member Brain Injury Association of America Brain Injury Association of Virginia, President College of William & Mary School of Law Adjunct Professor of Law Invited Litigator in Residence  Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow  Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers North American Brain Injury Society   International Brain Injury Association The Belli Society - Fellow The Belli Society - National Board MemberInclusions of Distinction The Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury, 1998-2017  Strathmore's Who's Who, 2017 Edition Who's Who in American Law, 2017 Edition Outstanding Intellectuals of the World, 2017 Edition Super Lawyers, 2017 Edition The Washington Post, Washington DC - Areas Best Lawyers Law Dragon, 500 Leading Lawyers in America Additional Distinctions College of William and Mary, President's Council College of William and Mary Law School, Dean's Council  Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board Chapter 10 Mental Health and Retardation Board Virginia Delegation Japan/U.S. Southeast Association Admitted to practice before the: U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia U.S. Supreme Court

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Selected Invited Speaking EngagementsDemonstrative Evidence in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases Southern Trial Lawyers Association February 16, 2007 New Orleans, LAThe Trial of a Closed Head Injury Case Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers January 29, 2004 Orlando, FLCase Selection in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases North American Brain Injury Society September 19, 2003 Amelia Island, FLDemonstrative Evidence North American Brain Injury Society September 23, 2005 Amelia Island, FLWinning at Trial in Mild to Moderate Brain Injury Case Southern Trial Lawyers Association February 20, 2004 New Orleans, LADemonstrative Evidence in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases North American Brain Injury Society September 15, 2006 Miami Beach, FLHandling the Traumatic Brain Injury Case Overview American Association of Justice July 23, 2002 Atlanta, GASpecial Summation Techniques in Brain Injury Litigation Brain Injury Association of New York State March 22, 2002 New York City, NY Handling TBI:  A Legal Overview Brain Injury Alliance of South Carolina April 5, 2003 Myrtle Beach, SCHandling the Pediatric TBI Case:  An Overview Brain Injury Symposium Brain Injury Association of Ohio June 13, 2003 Columbus, OH A Defense Surveillance Video American Association of Justice (formerly ATLA)  July 19, 2003 San Francisco, CAUnderstanding Traumatic Brain Injury  North American Brain Injury Society October 8, 2004 Napa, CAUnderstanding the Psychology of a Closed Head Injury Trial Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers January 29, 2004 Orlando, FLProving a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Case New Jersey Educational Foundation April 22, 2004 Atlantic City, NJThe Trial of a Brain Injury Case New York State Brain Injury Association October 24, 2003 New York City, NY Proving a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Case Maryland Trial Lawyers Association June 19, 2004   Ocean City, MDProving a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Case North American Brain Injury Society September 21, 2004 Beaver Creek, COProving the Traumatic Brain Injury Case Alabama Trial Lawyers Association June 17, 2005 Destin, FLDemonstrative Evidence Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association December 1, 2006 Halifax, Nova Scotia  (Canada) An Overview:  Traumatic Brain Injury Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association December 2, 2006 Halifax, Nova Scotia  (Canada)

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Injury and Spinal Cord InjuryTrial for Gas Station Manager Results in $60,000,000.00 Verdict in Mild Head InjuryAwarded: $60,000,000.00Summary: MANASSAS, Virginia - A jury yesterday awarded over $60 million to a Williamsburg man injured when a Norfolk Southern train derailed and sent two cars careening into the RaceTrac service center he managed. Trial for Woman with Brain Injury Settles on Second Day of TrialAwarded: $14,590,000.00Summary: MANASSAS, Virginia - Motorcycle dealer and tire manufacturers settle for installation of defective inner tube in rear tire of Harley Davvidson motorcycle which failed and caused brain injury to woman who was a passenger on same.Hampton Virginia Jury awards record verdict of $12,264,302.00 - Largest Slip & Fall Verdict in VA historyAwarded: 12,264,302.00Summary: Hampton Virginia Jury awards record verdict against Miller Mart for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury from fall.  Believed to be the largest Slip and Fall verdict in Virginia history .Award for $10,000,000.00 for man injured in crash for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in building crashAwarded: $10,000,000.00 Summary:  NORFOLK, Virginia- Company pays $10,000,000.00 to man for mild traumatic brain injury in building crash. Jury Awards Record $7,500,000.00 in Mild Head Injury CaseAwarded: $7,500,000.00Summary: HAMPTON, Virginia -- A Hampton jury awarded a record $7.5 million Monday to a woman who suffered from a brain injury during a 1996 car accident. Virginia Supreme Court Upholds Largest Personal Injury Verdict of 2001Awarded: $5,200,000.00Summary: RICHMOND, Virginia - The Virginia Supreme Court has upheld a $5.2 million verdict in favor of a special-education teacher who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury and other serious injuries in a six-wreck accident caused by a tractor-trailer leaking diesel fuel on Interstate 95.  Award for $4,750,000.00 to School Librarian for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Auto Wreck.Awarded:  $4,750,000.00Summary:  HAMPTON, Virginia- Company pays $4,750,000.00 to school librarian for mild traumatic brain injury in auto wreck Jury Awards $4,100,000.00 to School Principal for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.  Awarded:  $4,100,000.00Summary: HAMPTON, Virginia-Middle school principal suffers mild traumatic brain injury in auto wreck. Award for $3,200,000.00 to truck driver for injury in work site injury. Awarded:  $3,200,000.00Summary:  HAMPTON, Virginia- Company pays $3,200,000.00 to truck driver for injury in work site wreck. Jury Awards $3,000,000.00 to Part-Time Pharmacist for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.Awarded:  $3 millionSummary:  HAMPTON, Virginia- Part time pharmacist suffers mild traumatic brain injury in auto wreck. HRT Bus Company pays $3,000,000.00 to woman with closed head injury from wreck in Hamptom Roads Bridge Tunnel.Awarded: $3,000,000.00Summary:  Hampton, Virginia-The Hampton Roads Transportation District has entered into a settlement in the amount of $3,000,000.00 with Fatima Fortmuller for injuries she sustained in a crash in the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel on 2/21/02. Williamsburg Woman Awarded $2,900,000.00 in Tractor-Trailer Accident for Mild Head Injury.Awarded: $2,900,000.00Summary: WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia - A Williamsburg woman has received $2.9 million in a settlement with a shoe company whose tractor-trailer rig struck her car from behind and left her with permanent brain injuries.Cyclist Struck by Passing Truck's Side Mirror Awarded $2,400,000.00 for Mild Head Injury.Awarded: $2,400,000.00Summary: VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia - A Virginia Beach chiropractor struck on the head by the side mirror of a passing truck as he rode a bicycle has received $2.4 million in a settlement with the driver of the truck and his employer.Jury Awards $2,250,000.00 Against Pier 1 Imports for Mild Head Injury in Falling Merchandise CaseAwarded: $2,250,000.00Summary: RICHMOND, Virginia Award for $2,000,000.00 for Woman Truck Driver for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.  Injured by company employee while delivering brick to company.Awarded: $2,000,000.00Summary: Richmond, Virgina - Company pays woman $2,000,000.00 for mild traumatic brain injury when she was in process of making a delivery.Award for $2,200,000.00 for child injured by hospital in surgery for Brain Injury. Awarded: $2,200,000.00Summary:  OPELOUSAS, Louisiana-Hospital pays $2, 2000.00 to child due to brain injury from surgery Woman with Mild Head Injury Awarded $1,975,000.00 after first day of trialAwarded: $1,975,000.00Summary: RICHMOND, Virginia - A Maryland woman suffered a mild head injury after an auto accident. USPS Settles Suit For $1,760,000.00Awarded: $1,760,000.00Summary:  RICHMOND, Virginia-The family of a Richmond woman killed in a traffic crash on Interstate 64 near Laburnum Avenue in August 2001 has settled its claim against the U.S. Postal Service for $1.76 million.South Carolina Resort Award of $1,750,000.00  In Collapse of Rental Bicycle; Largest in State History for Mild Traumatic Brain InjuryAwarded: $1,750,000.00Summary: CHARLESTON, South Carolina - A posh Kiawah Island resort has settled for $1.75 million a brain-injury lawsuit that was filed when a New York City stockbroker was injured in the collapse of a rented bicycle.Jury Awards $1,750,000.00 to Hair Stylist for Arm Injury.Awarded: $1,750,000.00Summary:  ISLE of WIGHT COUNTY, Virginia- Hair stylist awarded suffers arm injury in car wreck. Award for $1,175,00.00 for Woman Injured by Hospital in Surgery for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.Awarded: $1,175,000.00Summary:  NORFOLK,Virginia - Hospital pays $1,175,000.00 to woman for mild traumatic brain injury from surgery Award for $1,500,000.00 to Deputy Sheriff for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Auto Wreck.Awarded:  $1,500,00.00Summary:  NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia- City pays $1,500,000.00 to off duty Deputy Sheriff injured in her private vehicle by City truck. Award of $1,250,000.00 Police Brutality SuitAwarded: $1,250,000.00Summary:  NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia - The police are supposed "to protect and serve," Smith said. "It is an outrage that the people of Newport News need protection from attacks by rogue police officers." Smith, who represents many police officers throughout the commonwealth, said that in no way should this be considered an adverse reflection on the good police officers. Award of $1,250,000.00 in Federal Court Case for Woman with Mild Head Injuries. Awarded: $1,250,000.00Summary: RICHMOND, Virginia Award for $1,250,000.00 for Elderly Woman Killed in Car Crash Awarded: $1,250,000.00Summary:  PORTSMOUTH,Virginia - Man pays $1,250,000.00 to estate of elderly woman killed in car wreck Award of $1,100,000.00 for South Carolina Man with Mild Head Injury in Auto Accident Case.Awarded: $1,100,000.00 Summary: GREENVILLE, South Carolina Award for $1,100,000.00 for Man Injured in Car Wreck for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.Awarded: $1,100,000.00Summary:  CHESAPEAKE, Virginia - Company pays man $1,100,000.00 for mild traumatic brain injury from car wreck. Award for $1,000,000.00 for Woman Injured in Minor Car Wreck for Mild Traumatic Brain InjuryAward: $1,000,000.00Summary: Rockledge, Florida - Company pays woman $1,000,000.00 for mild traumatic brain injury from car wreck with minimal property damage.Jury awards $1,000,000.00 to Retired Veteran for Burns in Rooming House With No Smoke Dectectors.Awarded:  $1,000,000.00Summary:  HAMPTON, Virginia-Retired veteran suffers burns in fire in rooming house with no smoke detectors. Jury awards $988,000.00 to woman who slips and falls on wet floor in restroom of Stuckey's Restaurant.Awarded:  $988,000.00Summary:  SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Virginia - Jury awards $988,000.00 to woman who fell on wet floor in restroom and suffered mild traumatic brain injury.$900,000.00 Award for Motorcyclist with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.Awarded: $900,000.00Summary: PORTSMITH, Virginia -  Motorcyclist awarded $900,000.00.  Virginia Supreme Court Upholds $842,000.00 Verdict Awarded to Woman for Mild Head InjuryAwarded: $842,000.00 Summary: Coming Cyclist Suffers Mild Head Injury, Recieves $850,000.00 AwardAwarded: $850,000.00Summary: NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia Award $750,000.00 for Man Beaten by Police in Mistaken Identity for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.Awarded: $750,000.00Summary:  VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia - Company man $750,000.00 for mild brain injury from beating and false arrest..  $700,000.00 Awarded to Woman with Traumatic Brain Injury for Auto Accident.Awarded: $700,000.00Summary: HAMPTON, Virginia -    Jury Awards $685,000.00 to Man for Neck Injury in Car Wreck.Awarded: $685,000.00Summary: HAMPTON, Virginia - Jury awards man $685,000.00 to man for neck injury in car wreck. Company Pays $680,000.00 to Man Injured in Car Wreck for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.Awarded: $680,000.00Summary: NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia - Company pays man $680,000.00 for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury from car wreck Award of $650,000.00 for Man Injured in Car Wreck for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.Awarded: $650,000.00Summary: NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia - Man paid $650,000.00 for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury from car wreck. Jury Awards $550,000.00 to Man for Neck Injury in Car Wreck.Awarded: $550,000.00Summary: NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia - Man awarded $550,000.00 for broken ankle in car wreck. Jury Awards $550,000.00 to Bank Teller Injured in Car Wreck for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.Awarded: $550,000.00Summary: NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia - Jury awards bank teller $550,000.00 for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury from car wreck. $500,000.00 Award for Police Officer Injured While Directing Traffic for Back Injury.Awarded: $500,000.00Summary: NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia - Award for police officer for back injury while directing traffic. Award of $500,000.00 to Florida Man Who Suffered a Mild Head Injury Due to Slip and Fall at Home Depot. Awarded: $500,000.00Summary: ROCKLEDGE, Florida
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2100 Kecoughtan Road
PO Box 1437
Hampton, VA 23661

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Last Updated: 11/21/2019

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