Attorney - Rush S. Smith, Jr.

Attorney:

Rush S. Smith, Jr.
Partner
HBS Atlanta Office

P: 404-954-6937
F: 678-539-1517
E: rsmith@hallboothsmith.com
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Overview

Mr. Smith has achieved Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating for legal ability and ethics for more than 20 years. He has been listed for the past three years and is currently honored as one of Georgia's "Super Lawyers" by Atlanta Magazine in a peer-reviewed selection process utilized around the country.

He currently chairs the firm's Professional Liability Practice Group and served as chair of the USLaw Professional Liability Practice Group from 2005-2007. He is a frequent speaker assisting the Georgia Bar's Institute for Continuing Legal Education, state and national professional associations' continuing education programs, and risk management seminars across the state.
Mr. Smith also has developed a specialty in the defense of airline travelers' claims relating to ancillary airport services provided on the tarmac, in the concourses and in the terminal and its approaches.

Practice Areas

Professional Negligence / Medical Malpractice

Rush Smith is one of Georgia's leading medical malpractice defense lawyers, having defended physicians, hospitals, attorneys and other professionals in jury trials across Georgia and in federal court for more than 34 years.

Education

Law Emory University, J.D., 1978
Undergraduate Universitaet Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany, 1969-1970
Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S. Physics, 1972

Admitted

State of Georgia (all State and Superior Courts; Georgia Court of Appeals; Georgia Supreme Court)
U.S. District Courts (Northern and Middle Districts)
Fifth and Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Publications

Chair, State Bar of Georgia Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Psychiatric Malpractice Seminar, 9/21/2000, "Mental Health Malpractice and Litigation"

Paper and presentation, Professional Education Series, Inner Harbour Hospitals, 5/25/2000, "An Ethical Primer: Avoid Malpractice by Understanding the Pitfalls"

Paper and presentation, Professional Education Series, Inner Harbour Hospitals, 5/22/99

Chair, State Bar of Georgia Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Psychiatric Malpractice Seminar, 9/24/98, "Mental Health Professionals and Malpractice"

"The Civil Jury Trial: Cross-Examination." Paper and presentation, April, 1984; Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia

"Negotiating Attorneys' Fees In Civil Rights Cases: Ethical Dilemma/Ethics From The Defendant's Viewpoint." Paper and presentation, December, 1985; sponsored by Atlanta Chapter, National Lawyers Guild

"Management/Quality Assurance For Operating Room Supervisors." Paper and presentation, September, 1988; MediVision, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts

"Georgia Trial Advocacy: Pre-Trial Preparation/Foundation Of Litigation." Paper and presentation, September, 1988 with William C. Lanaham, Esq.; Georgia State University Center for Continuing Legal Education College of Law

"Georgia Trial Advocacy: Pre-Trial Preparation/Case Management And Negotiations In Settlement." Paper and presentation, September, 1988 with William C. Lanaham, Esq., Michael P. Froman, Esq.; Georgia State University Center for Continuing Legal Education College of Law

"Georgia Trial Advocacy: Trial Techniques/Direct Examination and Cross-Examination." Paper and presentation, November, 1988 with William C. Lanaham, Esq. and the Honorable Joel J. Fryer; Georgia State University Center for Continuing Legal Education College of Law

"Avoiding Malpractice." Paper and presentation, December 16, 1988; two day seminar sponsored by the Georgia Psychological Association, Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law and Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia

"Advanced Insurance Law Seminar: Professional Liability Cases And Coverage." Paper and presentation, May, 1989; School Of Law, University Of Alabama, Alabama State Bar Institute Of Continuing Legal Education, Birmingham, Alabama

"Record Keeping Practices Of Psychotherapists: Empirical Findings And Implications For The Practitioner." Joint Paper and presentation May, 1989 with Patricia L. Maykuth, Ph.D., JRP, Robert B. Remar, J.D. and John R. Paddock, Ph.D.; Georgia Psychological Association 1989 Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia

"Legal Ramifications Of Medical Record Documentation." Paper and presentation, June 6, 1990; Medical Staff, Conference, Ridgeview Institute, Atlanta

"Ethics In A Clinical Practice - A Lawyer's Perspective." Paper and presentation, May, 1991; 1991 Professional Education Series sponsored by Inner Harbor Hospitals, Ltd

Activities

Georgia Tech Committee of Twenty (Former Chair)
Georgia Tech National Alumni Association( Former Trustee)
The Children's School Board of Trustees (Former Chair)
First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta
Samaritan Counseling Center of Atlanta, Inc. (Board Member)

 

Presentations

"Malpractice Avoidance"; Speaker, 4/29/99, West Central Georgia Regional Hospital, "Ethics & the Mental Health Professional"

Speaker, 2/26/99, Southern Council of Optometrists, Medico-Legal Panel

Chair, State Bar of Georgia Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Psychiatric Malpractice Seminar, 9/24/98, "Mental Health Professionals and Malpractice"

"Grand Rounds Ethics Conference - Termination of Life Support." Lecture, September, 1989; Northside Hospital Medical Staff, Atlanta 

Awards

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, since 1989

Georgia Super Lawyers  2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 

The Best Lawyers in America© 2013-2018

Memberships

American Bar Association
Atlanta Bar Association
State Bar of Georgia
Defense Research Institute
Lawyers Club of Atlanta
Southern Loss Association
Professional Liability Underwriters' Society
USLaw Network