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Timothy Paul Smith

Timothy Paul Smith

Partner - Smith & Johnson, Attorneys PC
  • Personal Injury, Collections, Divorce
  • Michigan
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Mr. Smith has practiced as a trial attorney since graduating Notre Dame Law School in 1992. He has litigated cases across the country including cases from Ventura County, California to Middlesex County, New Jersey. He practices in both State and Federal courts.

In 2017, he began representing Michigan cities and counties in what has shaped up to be one of the largest pieces of litigation ever in the history of our federal court system. The majority of Northern Michigan and Upper Peninsula counties retained Mr. Smith and his team to represent their interests in MDL 2804, in RE: National Prescription Opioid Litigation currently pending in the Federal Court for the Northern District of Ohio. In 2017, he began filing Ethicon PhysioMesh cases here in Michigan. Those cases are currently pending as part of a Federal Multidistrict Litigation in the Northern District of Georgia.

In addition to complex Federal Court MDLs, he represents individuals in a broad array of cases. In 1998, in Oscoda County, he obtained the highest plaintiffs verdict in the history of that county. He has a proven track record not only in injury cases, but divorce, criminal, and civil litigation.

In 2002, at 34 years of age, he was one of the youngest attorneys in the state to receive an AV-rating, the highest rating, from Martindale-Hubbell. In 2016, 2018 and 2020, Best Lawyers listed Mr. Smith as the Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year for Northern Michigan. Both Best Lawyers and Martindale-Hubbell rely on peer review from other attorneys and local judges as to these rankings, which, represent the highest level of professional excellence in the field. Mr. Smith was identified as one of the Top 100 trial attorneys in the State of Michigan by The National Trial Lawyers in 2019.

Mr Smith enjoys hunting and fishing throughout Northern Michigan and currently enjoys being an empty nester with his wife now that his three children have headed off to college.

Practice Areas
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Contested Divorce, Property Division, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
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  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    No money up front. We advance all court costs. No fee unless we collect for the client.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of Michigan
ID Number: P49259
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University of Notre Dame Law School
J.D. (1992)
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University of Notre Dame
B.A. (1989) | English Literature and Philosophy
Honors: Deans List
Activities: Notre Dame Ski Team - 4 years Interhall Basketball - 4 years
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Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year - Northern Michigan
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Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year - Northern Michigan
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Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year - Northern Michigan
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Distinguished Service Award
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan
Pro Bono work assisting unaccompanied minors from Haiti who were seeking political asylum here in the United States,
Professional Associations
Traverse City Chamber of Commerce
Director - Board of Directors
- Current
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Michigan Trial Lawyer Association
Executive Board Member
- Current
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State Bar of Michigan  # P48259
- Current
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Brian Injury Association of Michigan
Director - Board of Directors
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Websites & Blogs
Firm Website
Smith & Johnson BLOG
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Smith & Johnson, Attorneys PC
603 Bay Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
Telephone: (231) 946-0700
Fax: (231) 946-1735
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Sunday: Open 24 hours
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