Shane Smith calls Georgia home. After graduating from high school in Fayette County, Shane attended the University of Georgia for two years. He then transferred to Georgia State University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1997. As an undergraduate, he was active in ROTC, serving on the Color Guard, Ranger Challenge, and as the company commander of his ROTC Company. Shane attended Georgia State's College of Law, where he graduated Cum Laude in 2000. As a law student, he worked with Richard Hobbs, a local attorney in Fayetteville, and with the Fulton and Rockdale County DA offices as an intern. Additionally, he was active in the Student Trial Lawyers Association competing in a national competition.
After being admitted to the Georgia Bar, he entered the U. S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG). He served at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, with the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division. While at Ft. Campbell, he attended and graduated from the Army's Air Assault School, qualifying him to wear the Army Air Assault Wings on his uniform. He also served at Fort Benning, Georgia. While in the Army, he practiced as a criminal defense attorney throughout the Southeast. He has defended those accused of a wide range of charges, although he primarily focused his representation on those accused of serious sexual assault crimes. He also acted as the lead attorney on the only military homicide case in his multistate district during his tour.
After leaving the army, Shane moved back to Peachtree City, Georgia. He began practicing personal injury law at a major firm in Atlanta. In the four years he spent with this firm, he handled over 500 cases, ranging from minor injuries to a serious tractor-trailer collision. Shane has represented people with a variety of injuries, including mild soft tissue injuries to the back and neck, severely broken bones requiring surgery, back injuries requiring lumbar fusions, and an amputation. During this time, he represented numerous clients who were victims of drunk or impaired drivers and also helped many pedestrians who were struck and injured by automobiles.
After working downtown for several years, Shane formed his own law firm to better represent his clients. Shane focuses his practice on helping those injured through no fault of their own. Such as in a car wreck, slip and fall on another person’s property, or any other serious accident. Shane is particularly proud of helping people who have been struck by drunk drivers receive the compensation they deserve. Shane has worked hard to develop contacts and relationships with many specialist doctors in the Atlanta area to help ensure that his clients receive treatment no matter how seriously they are injured.
In addition to practicing law, Shane is married to his college sweetheart and has two small children. He attends Holy Trinity Church with his family and is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Masons, and the Shriners. Shane is admitted to practice law in all courts in Georgia and the Military Court System. Shane is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.
University of Georgia, Athens
September 1993 - March 1995
Georgia State University
B.S. in Criminal Justice
Magna cum laude, 1997
Georgia State College of Law
September 1997 - May 2000
Professional Honors & Activities:
Distinguished military graduate
Air Assault School graduate
Numerous academic awards (both Undergraduate & Law School)
Presentations & Speeches:
Newcomers’ Briefing to Ft. Campbell, KY soldiers (weekly briefing to approximately 200 people every week)
Legal issues to family readiness groups in Ft. Campbell, KY
Ethical issues in practice to John Marshall incoming law students
Georgia Guide to Property Damage for Car Accidents
Georgia Guide to Bodily Injury Claims for Car Accidents
Georgia's Guide for Drunk Driving Victims (Coming Soon)
State Bar of Georgia
Georgia State Court
Georgia Court of Appeals
Georgia State Supreme Court
All military courts
Federal Court of the Middle District of Georgia
Active Member of Holy Trinity Church
Parish Council of Holy Trinity Church
F & A Mason
Knight of Columbus