Chris Smith is a former prosecutor who focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury and criminal defense. Chris is known for his creative and detail oriented approach to cases, which leads to wins and outstanding results for clients. A persuasive and effective trial attorney, Chris captures the respect of clients and jurors alike.
In a recent victory, Chris was part of the Smith & Holder trial team that obtained a seven-figure jury verdict on behalf of one of the firm’s injured clients, the largest such verdict in that particular venue in over twenty years. He followed up that victory with another win a few months later, securing an outright acquittal for a client facing five serious felony charges which carried a possible sentence of up to life in prison. In that case, after nearly a week-long trial, the jury returned its unanimous not guilty verdict in less than one hour, and afterward, one court observer noted that Chris’s closing argument was “the best I’ve ever seen.”
Prior to founding the firm with Morgan Holder, Chris was an Assistant State Attorney in the Office of the State Attorney for the First Judicial District of Florida. During his career as a prosecutor, Chris handled hundreds of criminal cases involving almost every variety of criminal offense, including drug offenses, armed robbery, manslaughter, and other financial and property crimes, trying dozens of cases to jury verdict.
Chris is admitted in the state courts of Mississippi and Florida as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Mississippi, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
He is a member of many professional organizations, including the Mississippi Association for Justice, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Bar Association for the Federal Fifth Circuit, and the Harrison County Bar Association. Chris frequently lectures to high school and college students interested in the law, particularly students in the medical field on aspects of tort and criminal law.
Outside of the office, Chris is involved in his church, various sports, and outdoor activities. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Gulfport.