About Alton J. Smith Law

Alton J. Smith has made his career obtaining verdicts and negotiating top-dollar settlements for his clients while helping them to navigate their way through the legal system seeking deserved redress.

Known as a tough litigator and negotiator, Alton J. Smith has been a practicing attorney serving clients throughout Orange County and San Diego counties for nearly three decades.

In addition, Alton is experienced in the mediation process and holds an AV rating by the prestigious Martindale-Hubbard attorney-rating service and was named by Southern California Super Lawyers in 2012

Alton is both a lawyer and a counselor and takes his role as a counselor very seriously. Clients must make important decisions regarding their own cases. Alton endeavors to provide every client with the best advice that 30 years of legal experience provides. Maintaining regular contact with clients, keeping them informed as to the progress of their case and helping them cope with problems that might arise. Discussions about important decisions are conducted face to face, not over the telephone which is why Alton has offices in both Orange County and San Diego County to make it convenient for clients to meet whenever necessary.


University of The Pacific, CA, B.A.
Thomas Jefferson School of Law Juris Doctorate: 1977
Admitted to California Bar: 1978

General Areas of Practice

Personal Injury
Insurance Bad Faith
Legal Malpractice
Medical Malpractice
Products Liability
Birth Injury Malpractice
Insurance Disputes
Automobile Accidents
Wrongful Death
Professional Liability
Dangerous Auto Design Liability
Vehicle Related Personal Injury
Dangerous Roads & Highways Litigation

Industry Groups Served

Insurance Bad Faith
Legal Mal-Practice
Major Personal Injuries
Medical Mal-Practice

Professional Organizations

Here are several of the organizations where Alton J. Smith has been recognized, both in terms of integrity, ethics and competence.

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
As a member and Past President of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an association dedicated to improving the ethical and professional standards of legal advocacy, Alton J. Smith has participated in numerous trials as lead counsel, giving him the sought-after experience that clients appreciate. http://www.abota.org 

AV Rated for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards

Orange County Trial Lawyers (OCTLA)

Orange County Bar Association
Southern Orange County Bar Association

Robert Banyard Inn of Court

Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)

American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)
(American Association for Justice)

Alton J. Smith’s membership in the American Trial Lawyers Association, also known as the American Association for Justice), a legal honors society comprised of experienced trial attorneys throughout the U.S., is due to his broad understanding of the art of legal advocacy. Alton has tried numerous cases through verdict, resulting in significant awards and settlements summarized on this website. Alton is honored by his election to the American Trial Lawyers. http://www.justice.org

Southern California Super Lawyer
Alton J. Smith was named by Southern California Super Lawyers in 2012. Being designated as a Super Lawyer is no small award where only five percent of lawyers in the Southern California region can earn this prestigious title. In addition, the multiphase selection process is nothing less than rigorous. Involving three basic steps (creation of a candidate pool, evaluation of candidates via research, and peer evaluation by other attorneys in the same practice area), the objective is to create an objective listing of top-notch attorneys to be used by the public as a resource when searching for legal representation. Measures are incorporated to prevent attorneys from manipulating the system, making the selection process a unique and legitimate one. Alton J. Smith is proud to be considered a Super Lawyer. Alton J. Smith Law features in the 2012 Southern California Super Lawyers magazine (Seen in the February issues of Los Angeles and Orange Coast magazines) Please click this link for more details.


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