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Roy A. Smith, Jr.



  • Mississippi
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
  • United States Supreme Court
  • All Mississippi State Courts


B.A., University of Mississippi, 1977

J.D., University of Mississippi School of Law, 1982

  • Law School Student Body President

Roy A. Smith, Jr. serves as Chair of the Products Liability practice group.  He is located in the Jackson office.  Roy  is the past President of Daniel Coker Horton & Bell, P.A. (2012 - 2019).  In 2019, Roy was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates ("ABOTA").  Membership to ABOTA is by invitation only.  ABOTA is comprised of attorneys who exhibit significant trial experience, professionalism and civility. 

Roy has also been named to Best Lawyers in America in four practice areas – insurance, personal injury litigation - defendants, products liability litigation – defendants, and professional malpractice law- defendants.  In 2017, 2018, and 2019, he was selected as Lawyer of the Year in professional malpractice law-defendants and in 2018 selected Lawyer of the Year in Insurance Law.   He has been included in Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2014.  Roy is also a Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Defense by Martindale Hubbell. He became a member of Lawyers for Civil Justice in 2011.  He also served a term on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association.

Roy is proactive in his approach to cases from the minute a file is referred.  He makes an early analysis as to liability and damages and then works with the client to determine the best and most cost-effective strategy toward a favorable resolution, appropriate dismissal motion or trial of the case.

Professional Affiliations

ALFA International

American Bar Association

American Board of Trial Advocates

Association of Transport Law, Tort and Insurance Practice Committee

Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)

Defense Research Institute

The Mississippi Bar Association

Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, Past Member Board of Directors

Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit

Honors & Awards

2014 Mississippi Business Journal, Leadership in Law - Top Ten Recipient

Best Lawyers in America®

  • Insurance Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Best Lawyer® 2018, Jackson, MS Lawyer of the Year - Insurance Law

Best Lawyer® 2017, 2019, and 2020, Jackson, MS Lawyer of the Year - Professional Malpractice Law

Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent® Rated

Mid-South Super Lawyers - 2014 - 2020

Top Rated Lawyer, Personal Injury Defense

Past President, Daniel Coker Horton & Bell, P.A. - 2012 - 2019


Seminars & Speaking Engagements

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