Christian & Small Partner Richard Smith’s practice is focused primarily on complex and corporate litigation for clients in the financial services, health care and construction industries, as well as corporate entities in other industries.
Smith's extensive litigation experience includes having tried over 175 jury trials to a verdict in over 30 Alabama counties and all three Alabama federal district courts. He obtained successful results for his clients in over 90 percent of those cases. In recent years, Smith has arbitrated more than 35 cases before the American Arbitration Association, the National Association of Security Dealers, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and other arbitration panels. He has been appointed as an arbitrator, mediator, and receiver in several business litigation disputes. Because of his vast trial experience combined with his knowledge of the insurance industry, Smith is frequently retained as an expert to consult and testify in insurance cases dealing with bad faith and coverage disputes.
Smith is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, Defense Research Institute, the American Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the Alabama State Bar. He holds an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.