Danielle A. Matie

Partner   |   Richmond »

Danielle Matie Smith
Assistant: Ginger Huffman   |   804.762.8012 Paralegal: Kristin Davis   |   804.762.8007

Danielle A. Matie

Partner   |   Richmond »

An experienced trial lawyer, Danielle advises and represents individuals, professionals, businesses, and insurers in a variety of civil cases pending in Virginia’s state and federal courts.  She focuses her practice on matters involving transportation, trucking, and motor vehicle liability; restaurant and retail liability; products liability; commercial disputes; malpractice claims; and other civil issues.  Danielle has extensive experience in all phases of litigation, from pre-suit investigation and discovery management to dispositive motions and trial, as well as in various forms of alternative dispute resolution.

  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
    • Auto & Transportation Liability Section
      • Vice-Chair, 2021 – 2022
      • Chair, 2022 – 2023
  • Defense Research Institute
  • CLM  (Claims and Litigation Management Alliance)
  • Richmond Bar Association
    • Member, Bench-Bar Conference Civil Subcommittee
  • Henrico County Bar Association
  • Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association
    • Board Member
    • Chair, Mentorship Committee, 2022
    • Co-Chair, Programs Committee, 2020-2022
    • Member, Judicial Endorsement Committee
  • Federal Bar Association, Richmond Chapter
    • Board Member
    • Member, Bylaws Committee
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Virginia Business, Legal Elite – Young Lawyers – 2020 & 2021
  • Best Lawyers in America:  Ones to Watch
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants – 2021 & 2022

 

  • Successful in vacating three default judgments totaling $1.63 million arising out of a contested liability, double-fatality motor vehicle collision.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice in federal court of $10 million wrongful death case where a tree fell onto a mobile home, killing a minor. The Court held that Plaintiff did not allege any common law or statutory duty upon which relief could be granted against the defendant mobile home park.
  • Obtained jury verdict for less than half of plaintiff’s $600,000 in medical bills in admitted liability auto accident case with some uncontested bills.
  • Obtained a defense verdict following jury trial in favor of driver in negligence action.
  • Obtained a jury verdict for less than amount of claimed medical bills in a clear liability auto accident case where the bills were uncontested.
  • Represented a driver in a negligence action with allegations of significant kidney damage in motor vehicle accident resulting in a favorable settlement prior to trial.

The cases referenced above do not represent the lawyer’s entire record.  Each case must be evaluated on its own facts.  The outcome of a particular case cannot be based on past results.

 

  • Great Answers to Tough Questions: Q&A Panel, Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference, Professional Development Conference, April 2021
  • Texas A&M University, B.A., 2011
  • University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., 2014
    • J. Westwood Smithers Merit Scholarship
    • A. D. Williams Merit Scholarship
  • Virginia State Bar, 2014
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit