Product Liability & Mass Torts (Band 4)Nationwide
Product Liability: Automobile
Litigation: General Commercial (Band 2)
Practice Areas: With over 30 years of experience, Joel Smith focuses his national trial practice on the defense of product liability claims, with an emphasis on automotive and pharmaceutical cases. As a first-chair trial lawyer, he has extensive experience defending high-profile, catastrophic exposure claims and class actions, as well as experience in congressional investigations and recalls.
Professional Memberships: He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and member of the Product Liability Advisory Council.
Career: Mr. Smith has represented manufacturers of automobiles, tires, forklifts and other equipment as well as consumer products and pharmaceuticals nationwide.
Personal: Best Lawyers in America named Mr. Smith as their “South Carolina Lawyer of the Year” for Product Liability Litigation in 2010 and 2011 and in 2012 he was named "South Carolina Lawyer of the Year" for Personal Injury Litigation. He is named in the International Who's Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers. Joel has taught trial advocacy at the University of South Carolina since 1992, and lectures nationally.