James E. Smith

James E. Smith

Louisville, Kentucky

I was honorably discharged from the United States Army after serving as a Cavalry Scout with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, the 16th Cavalry, and the 7th Cavalry, and having earned the rank of Sergeant.

Following my service I began my studies at the University of Louisville, School of Nursing. While there, among other things, I worked as a research assistant where I studied depression amongst pregnant and parent teenagers. I presented the findings at the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society Convention.

During my studies, I was honored with the privilege of further serving our nation as a VALOR Student at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky where I learned from some of the best nurses in our country. Upon graduating and becoming a registered nurse, I transitioned directly into the role of a bed-side caregiver for our veterans in that same facility's Surgical Intensive Care Unit.

During my work at the VA, I began my legal studies at the Brandeis School of Law where I served as the Vice-Chair and then Chair of the Student Bar Foundation where we raised and distributed funds to assist in the
delivery of legal services to underprivileged populations.

Just prior to graduation from law school, I saw a listing for a "boutique medical malpractice defense firm." I researched the firm and learned that the two named partners had also served our country. I knew I had found my calling and I have been at the same firm ever since.

My favorite part of my practice is being able to obtain a just and right result for healthcare providers who have been accused of wrongdoing. I honestly feel that every aspect of my background has brought me to that mission.

Areas of Practice

  • 95% Medical Malpractice Defense
  • 5% Licensure Defense

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2008


  • Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
    • J.D. cum laude - 2005
    • Honors: Inn of Court
    • Honors: Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges
    • Honors: Past Vice Chair & Chair, Student Bar Foundation
  • University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
    • B.S.N. cum laude - 2001
    • Honors: Sigma Theta Tau Int'l Honor Society of Nursing
    • Honors: Phi Kappa Phi
    • Honors: Phi Eta Sigma
    • Honors: President's Outstanding Graduate
    • Honors: VALOR Student, Veteran's Affairs Medical Center
    • Major: Nursing

Representative Clients

  • ProAssurance Casualty Company
  • The Doctor's Company
  • Lancet Indemnity
  • Healthsouth

Honors and Awards

  • AV rating - Martindale Hubbell Rating, 2014-Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member, 2003 - Present
  • Sigma Theta Tau Int'l Honor Society of Nursing, Member, 2001 - Present
  • Kentucky Bar Association, 2005 - Present
  • Louisville Bar Association, 2005 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Veteran's Health Administration, Registered Nurse, 2001 - 2009
  • United States Army, Sergeant - Cavalry Scout, 1991 - 1998


  • English


  • Sigma Theta Tau