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Attorney at Law
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About Attorney Smith
Joshua J. Smith is a trial attorney committed to practice in the United States Supreme Court, 11th Federal Circuit Courts, Georgia Supreme Court, and the Appellate and trial courts of the State of Georgia. Our winning law firm does the right things first in the pursuit of justice for criminal defense cases, personal injury trials, and civil litigation matters.
“The reason my clients continue to choose me is first my experience in criminal defense and in personal injury and civil litigation.”
Practicing since 2000. Mr. Smith has been admitted to every court in Georgia, all the appellate courts, and the US Supreme Court. Simply stated, Smith says, “I’ve been practicing 23 years now and do very good work.”
“I work seven days a week. I don’t work Monday through Friday, 9 to 5. I don’t play golf. I don’t goof off. I work.”
An attorney must be in good standing and admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court to make an appearance, so this is an achievement. He is one of the few lawyers who is experienced at handling an appeal, meaning he takes on and prepares cases for the Appellate courts. Such cases are not easy and aren’t always successful, but Smith has the compassion and willingness to try.
When speaking about his Appellate casework, Smith states: “Those are cases we took on and tried to help people, cases that were difficult already because they’d lost already at trial. You’re fighting an uphill battle when you go to the Court of Appeals anyway, but I think we won more than our fair share on appeal.”
Joshua J. Smith’s jury trial experience cannot be overstated. He makes sure to properly prepare for trial by organizing the evidence, witnesses, experts, and presentation and making sure his strategy is ready to be executed. Once in front of the Judge and jury, his ability to articulate his client’s position or defense is critical to the outcome.
On a side note, he also does public defender work, meaning he is appointed by the court to represent an accused person who cannot afford an attorney, (as per the 6th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution). Smith says, “I work just as hard on such a case – I work just as hard on an appointed case as I do a hired case.”
and Civil Litigation
These are cases that really need attention and expertise. When folks are injured, Smith feels for them because, probably more than most attorneys, he understands as he has been through it himself.
“The insurance companies are not working for the injured person’s best interest. They’re working for their dime, so they’re trying to squeeze their dime as much as they can. It’s difficult for somebody without an attorney to maneuver through the process – notifying the insurance company, and getting your medical records together because they’re making demands for payment. Even with your own insurance company, if you’re using your own coverage instead of the person who hurt you, there are certain deadlines there that just cut you out if you don’t know about them and you don’t do things in a certain time.”
In Georgia, the statute of limitations for civil cases such as car accidents, wrongful death and other personal injury claims is typically two years from the date of the injury or death. You must file a claim with the court by the statute of limitations date, or your case is forever void.
He has done a lot of wrongful death cases in his experience and thinks these are the most traumatic to a family, for the people who survived. His philosophy is you are working with folks to try and get some justice and peace. Although he is working for his fee because he has to pay his employees and himself, he knows bottom line, you’re helping the survivors through the process, too and that matters.
“I enjoy helping people. My first job was as a personal injury attorney. I really fell in love with it because though the money is not bad, it’s really to help folks. I mean, you help “friends” that have been hurt badly, lost a limb, need permanent rehab, or lost their career. This is worthwhile.”
Joshua J. Smith and His Team Are Ready To Help
In addition, to his success as a trial attorney and appellate attorney in Georgia, Mr. Smith is proud of the practice he has built and the staff he employs. His top law firm in Dalton utilizes cutting-edge technology to securely gather information for its clients and store their files.
His law firm was founded in February 2001. Smith remembers with a smile, he was sworn into practice on Halloween of 2000. Having worked for a personal injury attorney for 9 months while preparing for the Bar exam and then for another 6 months after passing the bar, he decided to go ahead and open his own practice down in the Metro Atlanta area. He moved up to Dalton, in north Georgia, in 2002.
Even as a child, Smith wanted to be a lawyer. As he grew up, he found that his eyesight prevented him from certain professions like pilot or truck driver, so becoming a lawyer seemed realistic and achievable. He went to the John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, and finished there in June 2000, took the bar in July of 2000, and got his law license on October 31, 2000.
The goal of Attorney Smith and his team is to put a case together to achieve success in the courtroom.
Contact Attorney Smith Today
We are located at 207 West King St, Dalton, GA 30720. Please call (706) 217-2095 for an appointment or contact us here on our website. If necessary, we can arrange to visit you at your home.