Randall E. Smith
As the senior partner in the firm, he has earned a national reputation for products liability and medical negligence trial law. He began by taking on A.H. Robins on behalf of women afflicted with pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility as a result of using the Dalkon Shield contraceptive IUD. Robins' assets and liabilities were purchased by American Home Products, which in turn funded a $2.47 billion trust fund against which victims across the country were able to make claims.
He took on many of the major pharmaceutical companies on behalf of women with cervical cancer as a result of their mothers having ingested Diethylstilbestrol to prevent miscarriages. The litigation nationally culminated in the case of Sindell v. Abbott Laboratories imposing market share liability on those companies.
Randy was the Maine liaison to the steering committee of the Silicone Breast Implant Litigation Group which implemented a $4.2 billion settlement of those cases.
He generated millions of dollars for dozens of paralyzed and brain damaged children injured by the negligently designed three-wheeled All Terrain Vehicle.
Violette v. Smith & Nephew Dyonics, one of a number of cases he tried involving endoscopic surgical equipment, made its way to the United States Supreme Court where as a companion to the case of Lohr v. Medtronic, Inc. the Court held that state tort claims were not preempted by the provisions of the federal Medical Devices Act of 1976.
Randy successfully defended J.P. Stevens and Co. in over 300 cases that claimed its products caused asbestosis and mesothelioma in shipyard workers.
He defended Wyeth Laboratories against claims that its influenza vaccines caused the paralysis, Guillain Barre Syndrome, in persons vaccinated. After 1995, when influenza vaccines were included in the National Vaccine Compensation Act, he appeared in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on behalf of children and adults who have experienced adverse events following vaccination.
He has represented people injured by defective heart valves, pacemakers, diving boards, swimming pool slides, automobile seat backs, airbags and door latches, pedicle screws, prosthetic knees and hips, paints and solvents and a number of pharmaceuticals. In the field of medical negligence, he has successfully prosecuted cases involving birth injuries, surgical errors, poor nursing home care, anesthesia errors, medication mistakes and misdiagnoses and delayed diagnoses of cancer and infections.
Randy has been selected for membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL). Membership in IATL is restricted to the top 500 trial lawyers in the United States and a select international contingent representing 70 countries. He has participated in legal programs in Italy, Spain, Ireland and Portugal. He has been selected as a New England Super Lawyer.
Randy has taken an active leadership role in the Maine bar. He has served on the Board of Governors of both the Maine Bar Association and the Maine Trial Lawyers Association Executive Committee. He has served on the Civil Rules Committee, the Judicial Evaluation Committee, the Judicial Liaison Committee and the Fee Arbitration Committee.
Married for 44 years, Randy and his wife Jean have 2 children; Lisa, a school teacher in Biddeford and Randy, a financial planner in Portland, and 4 grandchildren. They enjoy competitive golf, racquetball and running as well as hiking, boating and fishing along the Maine coast and cooking and traveling with family and friends.
Notable Cases & News
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Randy Smith is Selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America
Attorney Randall Smith has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2011 edition of The Best…
Randall Smith to Speak at Maine Trial Lawyers Association Event
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Judge denies Lewiston's bid to kill Barker Mountain case; City argued it had "immunity" to claims in fatal ROTC plane crash
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SESG Attorney, Randall Smith, Settles $500,000 Hit
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- University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, IA, 1971, J.D.
- University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1968, B.A.
- Maine Bar, 1971
- Iowa Bar, 1971
- U.S. District Court District of Maine, 1971
- U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1995
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1996
- Maryland Bar, 1998
- Randy has been selected for membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL). Membership in IATL is restricted to the top 500 trial lawyers in the United States and a select international contingent representing 70 countries.
- He has participated in legal programs in Italy, Spain, Ireland and Portugal.
- He has been selected as a New England Super Lawyer.
- He has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America in medical malpractice for 2011-2012.
- America's Best Lawyer
- LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated