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  • Name:
    Bruce A. Smith
  • Title:
    Partner
  • Phone:
    903-757-6400
    866-305-6400
  • Fax:
    903-757-2323
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Bruce A. Smith

Mr. Smith spent the first 20 years of his legal career defending insurance carriers and corporations. In 2006, Johnny Ward decided to expand his existing practice, which was focused primarily on patent litigation. With the addition of Mr. Smith’s complex litigation/commercial litigation presence, the Law Offices of T. John Ward, Jr. became Ward & Smith, and the two attorneys expanded the firm’s practice and identity.

Mr. Smith represents clients in cases involving auto accidents, business torts, breach of contract, commercial disputes, products liability, insurance claims, deceptive trade practices, will contests, nursing home liability, federal tort claims, and patent infringement and intellectual property disputes.

There are many lawyers who claim to be “trial lawyers,” but few of them truly have trial experience. Since 1986, Mr. Smith has tried more than 50 cases to verdict, including many cases while Mr. Smith was working for insurance carriers and corporations. His highly successful work in those cases included many complete defense verdicts for his clients.

In 1992, Mr. Smith earned Board Certification from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law. In order to be Board Certified, attorneys are required to have a minimum of five years of legal experience with a required number of actual trials. Mr. Smith qualified to sit for the Board Certification examination immediately upon completing his 5th year of practice, passing the written examination on his first try. He has been re-certified in 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012. The distinction of Board Certification in Personal Injury Trial Law is held by fewer than 3% of licensed Texas attorneys.

Mr. Smith has been recognized and selected by his peers to the Texas Super Lawyers list in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2013, and he maintains an “AV” rating from Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking offered by the independent guide to the country’s top lawyers.

Practice Areas

Auto Accidents
Business Torts
Breach of Contract
Commercial Disputes
Products Liability
Insurance claims
Deceptive Trade Practices
Will Contests
Nursing Home Liability
Federal Tort Claims
Patent infringement
Intellectual Property Disputes

Professional Honors and Distinctions

AV Rated by Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell
Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates
Texas Super Lawyers, 2008-2010, 2013, Thomson Reuters
Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1992

Court Admissions

Texas State District Courts, 1986
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, 1987
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 1992
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, 1987
U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1990

Educational Background

Baylor University Law School, Waco, Texas – J.D., 1986
Southern Methodist University, Dallas – B.B.A., 1983, cum laude

Professional Affiliations

President of The Honorable T. John Ward American Inn of Court, 2014
Gregg County Bar Association, President, 1992
Texas Trial Lawyers Association
Northeast Texas Bar Association
Eastern District of Texas Bar Association
Phi Delta Theta
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