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D. Clark Smith

D. Clark Smith


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F (336) 433-7447

D. Clark Smith Jr. is a member in the firm's litigation practice. He handles commercial litigation and business disputes, medical malpractice defense, and professional licensing, including representation before professional licensing boards. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation. He is a past president of the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys.

Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers
Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • Fellow, National Conference of Bar Presidents
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 1996 – Present  (2004-2008, NC State Committee)
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Greensboro Bar Association's Herb Falk Society
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants, listed more than 25 years
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Listed Business Litigation, (2016-2018), Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice (2006-2015)
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Business Edition list, Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice (2013-2015)  
  • Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers in North Carolina, 2010
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Litigation (2009)
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating *

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Thought Leadership

Published Works

  • A Survey: The Nonconforming Use in North Carolina Wake Forest Law Review Volume 10, No. 3, October, 1974


  • CLE Presentations - North Carolina Bar Foundation
  • CLE Presentations - North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • CLE Presentations - North Carolina Conference of Superior Court Judges


  • Lexington Jaycees Distinguished Service Award
  • Lexington Rotary Club, President, Board of Directors
  • Lexington Chamber of Commerce, President, Board of Directors, Chairmen's Award
  • Lexington YMCA, President, Board of Directors
  • Lexington ABC Board, Distinguished Service Award
  • Arbor Acres Retirement Community - Winston-Salem, Board of Directors
  • First United Methodist Church of Lexington, North Carolina
    • Chair, Administrative Board
    • Chair, Board of Trustees
    • Delegate to Annual Conference
    • Adult Sunday School Teacher
    • Prayer Breakfast Leader
    • Chair, Stewardship Committee
    • Chair, Endowment Committee
  • Task Force on School Merger, Davidson County
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 1975
  • Wake Forest University, B.S., Business Administration, Cum Laude, 1972
  • North Carolina, 1975
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • North Carolina Judicial Nominating Commission
  • North Carolina Bar Association, (1975 - Present)
    • Chair, Development Committee (1992 - 1994)
    • Chair, Endowment Committee (1997 - 1999)
    • Board of Governors (1994 - 1997)
    • Chair, Medico-Legal Liaison Committee (1999 - 2002)
    • Executive Committee (1996-1997, 2005-2008)
    • Board of Governors (1994-1997, 2005-2008)
    • President-Elect; Finance Committee, chair (2005-2006)
    • President (2006-2007)
    • Immediate Past President (2007-2008)
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys: (1979 - Present)
    • Board of Directors (1995-2004)
    • Treasurer (1998 - 2000)
    • Executive Vice-President (2000-2001)
    • President-Elect (2001-2002)
    • President (2002-2003)
    • Immediate Past President (2003-2004)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (1988 - 2002 )
  • North Carolina State Bar (1975 - Present )
  • Davidson County Bar (1975 - 2008)
  • 18th Judicial District Bar (2008 - Present)
  • 22nd Judicial District Bar (1975 – 2008)
  • Greensboro Bar Association, (2008 - Present)
  • American Bar Association (1975 - Present)
    • Delegate to House of Delegates (2012- 2015)
    • NC State Delegate to House of Delegates (2016 - 2019)
  • North Carolina Board of Law Examiners (2013-present)
    • Chair, Uniform Bar Committee
  • Southern Conference of Bar Presidents
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents
  • Defense Research Institute [DRI], (Exceptional Performance Citation, 2002-2003)
  • Master of the Bench, Chief Justice Joseph Branch Inn of Court

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