John Cash Smith

John Cash Smith

Location:
Orange, Texas
Phone:
409-233-7005
Email:

John Cash “Jack” Smith grew up in Orange, Texas, and graduated from Lutcher Stark High School in 1957.  He graduated from Baylor University in 1961 and from the University of Texas School of Law in 1964. After briefly practicing in Austin, Jack moved back to Orange in 1966 where he has continuously been in private practice ever since. 

During his over 50 years of law practice, Mr. Smith has focused his practice on personal injury law, civil litigation and commercial litigation.  He has tried hundreds of cases to jury verdicts and has tried cases all over the State of Texas.  During his legal career, Mr. Smith has represented thousands of individuals and families injured or harmed by the misconduct of others.  He has also handled numerous complex civil cases including contract disputes, insurance coverage issues, tax evaluations, wrongful foreclosures, and large property damage cases.  From 1966, he practiced in private partnerships in Orange before joining the firm of Mehaffy Weber in 1981 where he was a senior partner until 2003 when he left to practice law with his son Chris.

Jack is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a designation achieved by less than 2% of Texas attorneys.  He has been named a Texas Monthly Super Lawyer six times and continuously since 2010.  Mr. Smith has achieved an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the premier rating a lawyer can receive from his peers for legal ability and ethics.

Jack has served as City Attorney for the City of Orange since 1992. He has served as lead litigation counsel for the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.  He is past president of the Orange County Bar Association and is a fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation. Mr. Smith has made numerous continuing legal education presentations and has written articles on personal injury trial law. Mr. Smith is very active in the Orange community and in his church. He is presently a member of the Orange Kiwanis Club, is on the Board of Directors of the Lamar State College Orange Foundation, and the past Chairman of the Board for the Nelda C. & H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation. He is a deacon at Calder Baptist Church in Beaumont, Texas. He served for eight years on the Administrative Committee of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, two years as Chairman, and is past chairman of the Board of the Texas Baptist Laity Institute.

Areas of Practice

  • Auto Accidents
  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance Claims
  • Medical Negligence
  • Premises Liability
  • Maritime Admirality Offshore
  • Wrongful Death

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • American Association for Justice
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)
  • Baptist General Convention of Texas, (administrative Committee, 1990-98; Chairman, 1995-97)
  • Lamar State College Orange Foundation, Trustee
  • Lutcher Theater, Past Trustee
  • Nelda C. & H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, Past Chairman of the Board