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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.  In 2020, 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, and selected as 2019 Lawyer of the Year in professional malpractice law-defendants.   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 has been a member of Lawyers for Civil Justice since 2011.  

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.

Roy A. Smith, Jr. is a past President of Daniel Coker Horton & Bell, P.A. (2012 - 2019).

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

Lawyers for Civil Justice

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® 2019, Jackson, MS Lawyer of the Year - Professional Malpractice Law

Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent® Rated

Mid-South Super Lawyers - 2014 - 2017

Top Rated Lawyer, Personal Injury Defense

Current President, Daniel Coker Horton & Bell, P.A.


Seminars & Speaking Engagements

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