J. David Smith (David) was born in Bossier City, Louisiana. He attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, earning his undergraduate degree in Finance in 1992. He attended law school at Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert School of Law, earning his Juris Doctorate in 1998.
David began his legal career as a law clerk for Louisiana State Senator and attorney J. D. DeBlieux, and attorney Ralph Brewer, both of whom were pioneers in early workers’ compensation and disability law. After graduating from LSU and passing the bar examination, he began practicing law in all general areas, but found himself drawn toward injury cases, and work accidents in particular. By 2002, David had narrowed his practice areas to focus almost exclusively on work injury cases, specifically state workers’ compensation cases, longshore harbor workers cases, Defense Base Act cases, and third party tort cases arising from these accidents.
David is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Louisiana, and is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Baton Rouge Bar Association. He has represented clients in every workers’ compensation district in Louisiana, as well as before federal administrative law judges and social security judges. David’s litigation experience includes trial and appellate advocacy before state and federal courts, where he has tried, won, and defended on appeal, substantial judgments for his clients. David only represents injured workers and never represents insurance companies.
David is also member of several national and state associations of work injury lawyers, including the Work Injury and Law Advocacy Group (W.I.L.G.), and the Louisiana Workers’ Advocacy Group. David was named as one of the top 100 injured workers’ advocates nationally, by WILG for 2014 and 2017. He also serves as Bar Examiner for the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Committee on Bar Admissions.
To schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case, call J. David Smith, Attorney at Law at (225) 387-0293. We proudly serve clients throughout Louisiana.