Attorneys

Lawrence R. Smith

Partner

While it's not difficult to find an attorney, finding the right attorney with the right experience and track record isn't always easy. During my career, I’ve taken almost 200 trials to verdict and my cases have been consistently recognized by Missouri Lawyers Weekly in their listing of Top Defendant's Verdicts in the state. I've been selected by my peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America, and most recently, Best Lawyers has awarded me with 2015 St. Louis Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year.” I’m honored to be recognized, but I’m most proud of the successes I’ve achieved for my clients and the relationships I’ve built while serving them.”

Education

• Saint Louis University (B.S., 1981; J.D., cum laude, 1984)

Memberships

• American Board of Trial Attorneys-Advocate
• Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
• Missouri Bar
• Illinois Bar
• Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

Practice Areas

• Insurance Defense
• Legal Malpractice and Professional Liability
• Medical Malpractice Defense
• Motor Transport
• Products Liability

Recognitions

• Best Lawyers 2015 St. Louis Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year”
• Best Lawyers in America 2013 - present
• Recipient, Missouri Lawyers Weekly Top Defendants’ Verdicts, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2013
• Named Missouri Super Lawyers 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017

News & Accomplishments

Fri, Aug 4, 2017

Larry Obtains Defense Verdict in Dental Malpractice Case

Plaintiff, who was 70 years old, alleged that she went to my client for a loose tooth and a cavity. Plaintiff alleged that my client recommended that her remaining 18 teeth needed to be removed and that she needed full upper and lower dentures.  Plaintiff thereafter had my client remove her teeth, however, Plaintiff alleged […]

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Fri, Sep 4, 2015

Larry Obtains Defense Verdict in Medical Malpractice Case

Plaintiff was seen by my client for a mass in her parotid gland. My client diagnosed the mass as benign and surgically removed it. Subsequent pathology confirmed that the mass was benign. Plaintiff was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in her parotid gland approximately 1 ½ years after my client performed surgery. Plaintiff alleged that […]

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Fri, Sep 4, 2015

Gary Paul and Larry Smith selected for Best Lawyers in America 2016

Gary Paul and Larry Smith were selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2016 (Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Gary has been selected in the areas of Appellate Practice and Insurance Law. Larry has been selected in Personal Injury Litigation – Defense and Insurance Law.

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Thu, Aug 13, 2015

Larry Obtains Defense Verdict in Medical Malpractice Case

Plaintiff underwent hip surgery on August 30, 2005. On September 1, he developed pulmonary embolisms and atrial fibrillation. Plaintiff’s orthopedic surgeon consulted my client to treat the PEs and afib. My client placed the plaintiff on anticoagulants. On September 3, the plaintiff’s lab work indicated that he had a significant internal bleed. My client and […]

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Wed, Nov 26, 2014

Larry and Aaron Win Appeal of Defense Verdict in Medical Malpractice Case

Larry obtained a defense verdict in a wrongful death medical malpractice case. In the case, Decedent was a 22-year-old girl who presented to the emergency room with nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.   She eventually passed away approximately four days after her admission.  An autopsy was performed after the death and it was determined that Decedent […]

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Wed, Nov 26, 2014

Gary Paul and Larry Smith selected for Best Lawyers in America 2015

Gary Paul and Larry Smith were selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2015 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Gary has been selected in the areas of Appellate Practice and Insurance Law. Larry has been selected in Personal Injury Litigation – Defense and Insurance Law. Larry was the […]

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Tue, Aug 5, 2014

Larry obtains a Defendant’s verdict in case involving post-traumatic stress

Larry’s  client was driving his dump truck westbound on Highway 270 when he started choking on coffee.  He blacked out and his truck ran into the concrete median.  A large bolt broke off of the truck’s steering box and flew across the median.  Plaintiff was traveling eastbound on 270 and the bolt embedded itself into […]

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Wed, Apr 2, 2014

Larry Obtains Defense Verdict in Medical Malpractice Case

Decedent was a 22-year-old girl who presented to the emergency room with nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.  She was then treated for dehydration.  Decedent was thereafter admitted to the hospital under the care of my client. My client treated Decedent for gastroenteritis and dehydration.  Her condition initially improved; however, she thereafter started to deteriorate.  My […]

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Wed, Oct 2, 2013

Gary Paul and Larry Smith selected for Best Lawyers in America 2014

  Gary Paul and Larry Smith were selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Gary has been selected in the areas of Appellate Practice and Insurance Law, and Larry has been selected in Personal Injury Litigation – Defense and Insurance Law.

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Wed, Oct 2, 2013

Smith obtains great result in a case of admitted liability.

Larry tried an automobile accident case where his client rear-ended the Plaintiff. Liability was admitted and damages was the only issue for the jury to decide. The impact was significant in that approximately $10,000 in damage was done to the rear of Plaintiff’s vehicle. Plaintiff complained of soft tissue injuries to her neck and back.  […]

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Tue, Dec 11, 2012

Larry Smith Obtains Defendant’s Verdict for City of Columbia

Larry Smith represented the City of Columbia in a case where the Plaintiff alleged that the mirror on a bus operated by the City struck her in the back of the head as she walked down the sidewalk. Plaintiff suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of the incident and now suffers from migraine […]

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Mon, Oct 29, 2012

Gary Paul and Larry Smith selected for Best Lawyers in America 2013

Gary Paul and Larry Smith were selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Gary has been selected in the areas of Appellate Practice and Insurance Law, and Larry has been selected in Personal Injury Litigation – Defense and Insurance Law.

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Thu, Oct 25, 2012

Fortune names Brinker & Doyen, L.L.P. as a top ranked law firm in the U.S.

Brinker & Doyen, L.L.P., has once again been selected as one of the top ranked law firms in the country to be published in the December 24, 2012 issue of Fortune.  Of the more than 250,000 law firms in the U.S. rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the legal peer-rating service, less than 2,500 firms were selected. Attorneys are […]

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Wed, Aug 22, 2012

Larry Smith obtains defendant’s verdict in automobile accident case

Larry Smith obtained a defendant’s verdict in an automobile accident case wherein plaintiff alleged that his client ran a red light causing significant personal injury to the plaintiff. Medical specials totaled over $75,000.00. Plaintiff’s attorney had demanded the $100,000.00 policy limits and had setup Larry’s client for bad faith.

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Thu, May 31, 2012

Gary Paul and Larry Smith obtain summary judgment in legal malpractice case

Gary Paul and Larry Smith obtained summary judgment in a legal malpractice case. The underlying case involved patent infringement. The Plaintiff alleged $30,000,000.00 in damages.

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Around the Office

In Larry’s office, you’ll find …

REGISTRATION PACKET
Larry is getting ready for another race. He’s an avid runner and has completed 17 marathons.

MUG
Larry is the proud parent to two college students. The oldest is in her 4th year of medical school, the other is preparing for law school, making three generations of attorneys in the Smith family.

PEDAL THE CAUSE WATER BOTTLE
In addition to participating in the ride that funds local cancer research, Larry supports organizations with a healthy mission and has served on the board of Girls on the Run.