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John H. Smith

John H. Smith

John H. Smith


Gainesville native John H. Smith is an experienced attorney who concentrates his practice in land/ real estate transactions, eminent domain, wills, trusts and estates, probate, land litigation, bodily injury and mediation. Mr. Smith has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is based on peer reviews and is the highest rating a lawyer can obtain based on professional and ethical standards.

Mr. Smith served in the US Army from 1963-1965 as an infantry officer, as a company commander and then as a legal officer/JAG. After discharge, Mr. Smith returned to Gainesville and re-entered private practice with his father, R. Wilson Smith Jr., where his practice revolved around banking law, real estate transactions and commercial matters.

For more than 30 years, Mr. Smith practiced as a trial lawyer in areas of insurance defense, representing insureds in personal injury and property damage claims and also representing insurance companies at the corporate level. He also maintains an active trial practice in eminent domain, representing both utilities and property owners.

Mr. Smith was appointed City Attorney of the City of Gainesville and represented the city for more than a decade. He has served as a U.S. Magistrate Judge (part time), handling federal court proceedings at pretrial and trial levels. Mr. Smith also is certified neutral for mediation and is registered with the Ninth Judicial Administrative District of Dispute Resolution.

Mr. Smith is a former Trustee of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Foundation and the First United Methodist Church, and past president of the Chattahoochee Country Club.