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Danielle Matie Smith     |     Associate

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ASSISTANT   |   Ginger Huffman     804.762.8012
PARALEGAL   |   Lisa Beck     804.622.1102

OFFICE   |   Richmond
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Danielle focuses her practice on cases involving motor vehicle liability, premises and products liability, and other civil litigation matters.  Danielle came to Harman Claytor in 2019 from another Richmond firm, where she spent several years litigating insurance defense cases.

A Dallas native, Danielle moved to Virginia to attend the University of Richmond School of Law, where she served in two clinics providing services to disadvantaged populations.  She enjoys spending time with loved ones, traveling, volunteering in the community, and working on creative projects.

Education
  • 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
Professional Activities & Honors
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Henrico County Bar Association
  • Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association
    • Board Member
    • Co-Chair, Programs Committee
    • Member, Judicial Endorsement Committee
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Virginia Business, Legal Elite – Young Lawyers – 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America:  Ones to Watch
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants – 2021 & 2022
Bar & Court Admissions
  • 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
Publications
  • The Journal of Civil Litigation – Constructive Service via Statutory Agent: Please (Strictly) Comply!, Vol. XXXIII, No. 2, Summer 2021

 

 

 

Representative Experience
  • 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.

 

Presentations
  • Great Answers to Tough Questions: Q&A Panel, Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference, Professional Development Conference, April 2021