David Smith has been practicing workers’ compensation law for more than 30 years. He has taken and defended thousands of employee depositions and defended numerous employer depositions as well. In the course of representing employers throughout Georgia, he has also taken dozens of expert witness depositions, including physicians, vocational experts, and insurance professionals.

In recent years, Mr. Smith has focused on the retail industry and has extensive experience with major grocery retailers. He works closely with claims adjusters, risk managers, HR professionals and self-insured companies to help them quickly resolve claims.

Mr. Smith is very active in firm management and was recently elected to a two year term on Drew Eckl & Farnham’s Board of Directors. In addition he serves as the Chair of the Associate Review Committee and the Summer Associate Committee as well as Co-Chair of the Hiring and Recruiting Committee.

He serves on the Board of Trustees for The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and is a member of the Inquiry Club, a longstanding Atlanta discussion and supper club. In addition, he is Martindale Hubbell AV peer rated in Workers’ Compensation Law. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America© 25th edition in the field of Workers' Compensation in Atlanta in 2018.

He is a past co-chair of the ICLE Workers’ Compensation Law Institute and is a frequent speaker on workers’ compensation issues.


University of Georgia, School of Law, J.D., 1983

University of Georgia, B.A., 1980, cum laude

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All Georgia State and Federal Courts

USDC, Northern District

Georgia Court of Appeals

Supreme Court of Georgia 


American Bar Association

State Bar of Georgia

Atlanta Bar Association

Georgia Defense Lawyers' Association (GDLA)

Lawyers Club

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