Attorney Paul J. Smoot focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury, employment law and elder law. The founder of the Law Office of Paul J. Smoot, based in San Mateo, California, he represents clients in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout Northern California.After graduating from the University of San Francisco, Mr. Smoot went on to earn his law degree at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. For 18 years, Mr. Smoot worked at the law firm of Anderlini, Finkelstein, Emerick & Smoot, eventually becoming a named partner. When the firm dissolved in 2008, he started a new firm under his own name.Today, Mr. Smoot is admitted to practice in state courts in California, as well as all four of the federal district courts in California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.In addition to his law practice, Mr. Smoot has been involved in a number of professional and community organizations. He has been especially active with the San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association, serving in multiple leadership roles for the organization over the years, including a term as its president. Mr. Smoot has also served with the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County and other organizations that provide legal services to people who could not otherwise afford them.Mr. Smoot has participated in a number of pro bono activities during his legal career. He previously served as a Federal Emergency Management Agency representative for the San Mateo County Bar Association. He is also a longtime member of the World Jurist Association, an organization affiliated with the United Nations and dedicated to promoting the rule of law as a path toward peace.
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Recent legal blog posts
A personal injury claim is not as simple as you might think. Fortunately, he had the coverage he needed to make sure his bills were paid, and he was able to get a fair recovery even though the guy who hit him had low limits. If you were a pedestrian, bicyclist, or passenger, you may be covered by the driver’s PIP coverage. While health insurance is not as beneficial as PIP, it does provide significant advantages for you as the patient. I don’t want to be a judge, but occasionally, I am called upon to decide a case.Read More
That means if you get a bill or a collection notice in the mail, you get it to me so I can deal with it. Upon reviewing the recording and discussing it with Lauren, I was able to correct the record before it could do any harm. In such a case, a good mediator can make all the difference in the world. Up to this point, we’ve discussed every aspect of your personal injury claim except for the trial. The opening statements are where the lawyers get to tell the jurors what the case is about and what evidence they will hear.Read More
2 The CDC report also tells us that the specific costs of crash deaths in State in 2005 was $1. But please understand — the “replacement” or “rental” vehicle DOES NOT necessarily have to equal your car in value or quality. Their only concern is “What is the fair market value of the vehicle?” 7. (e) The action for bad faith shall not be abated by payment after the 60 day period nor shall the testimony or opinion of an expert witness be the sole basis for a summary judgment or directed verdict on the issue of bad faith.Read More
However, in all of the excitement and worry about your neck, you never mentioned your right shoulder or arm. It is our goal to present this information into a summary that an adjuster can easily understand. Prepare to politely argue your point without being “argumentative. And there are a variety of reasons why litigation may be the only option if you want a financial recovery on your claim. They will want to be paid for their time and services - even if you do not win your case.Read More