Rex D. Smith

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Two Party $350.00
Three Party $275.00
Four Party $225.00
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Hearings outside metro Atlanta area - $325.00 per hour for travel time; plus customary travel expenses including, but not limited to airfare, mileage, car rental, lodging and meals.

Seven hour minimum for all cases outside of metro Atlanta.

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Biography

Rex D. Smith was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1976. In his 40 years of active practice he tried over 100 cases and had a strong trial and appellate practice. Mr. Smith has handled over 2,250 mediations/arbitrations. He has been selected by his peers to "Best Lawyers in America", "Georgia Super Lawyers" and holds the AV® Preeminent rating, the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating. Is experienced in personal injury, construction, products liability, wrongful death, professional negligence, medical malpractice, aviation, nursing home litigation and premises liability law.

Education

  • University of Georgia, J.D., Cum Laude, The Order of the Barristers, Moot Court Board, Student Senate
  • Georgia State University, B.B.A. Economics; President, The Forum

Bar Admission

  • Georgia (1976)
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 11th and 5th Circuit Courts

Legal Employment & Experience

  • Civil Trial Lawyer (1976 - 2010)
  • Mabry & McClelland, LLP (Managing Partner, 1986 - 1988)
  • During Rex's 40 years of active law practice, he has tried over 100 cases and had a strong trial and appellate practice prior to limiting his practice to mediation and arbitration.
  • Has spoken extensively throughout the country in the areas of Mediation, Traumatic Brain Injury and Products Liability.
  • Represented Delta Air Lines in over 300 litigated matters until he devoted his practice exclusively to the areas of mediation and arbitration.
  • Rex served as National Coordinating Counsel for a Fortune 40 company, a major national trucking company and international beverage company.

Professional Organizations

  • Selected as a Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators'
  • Selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyer's in America in the areas of arbitration, insurance law and mediation (2007 - 2016)
  • Selected as "One of the Top Lawyers in Georgia" by the American Registry
  • Honored as a Georgia Super Lawyer (Insurance Defense, 2004 - 2006) (ADR, 2007 - 2016)
  • Selected as a Georgia Super Corporate Counsel in ADR (September 2010 Edition)
  • Chosen by the American Registry as being recognized by Corporate Counsel as one of the Top Ten Lawyers
  • Selected as a Top Lawyer in Georgia in Traumatic Brain Injury defense
  • Charter member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • AV Preeminent rating, the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
  • Excellent Avvo Rating
  • Executive Board Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (2010 - 2017)
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association; Chairman, Dispute Resolution Section (2014)
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (Former member)
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Member Mount Pisgah Methodist Church Church (1988 to present)

Mediation/Arbitration Training

  • Resolution Resources, Mediation Training
  • Henning Mediation & Arbitration Service, Inc.

Areas of Expertise

  • Personal Injury
  • Construction
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Professional Negligence
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Aviation
  • Nursing Home Litigation
  • Automobile
  • Premises Liability
  • Trucking Liability
  • Insurance coverage
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Church Liability

Rex once again showed why he is at the top of his profession. His earnestness and perseverance is second-to-none. Mediating a challenging and emotional case, he found a way to achieve a resolution.

James Attwood

The Attwood Firm


Rex is the best mediator in town! He has the credibility to tell someone on either side when they are taking an unreasonable position and I trust that he will never lead me in the wrong direction.

Brian Mohs

Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC


I wanted to tell you again how impressed I was with your work the other night/morning for us. You came as advertised – a consummate professional and engaging, effective mediator.

Josh Sacks

Law Offices of Josh Sacks, PC.


I want to thank you for your exceptional work on the mediation of this case. You have a natural ability to persuade the entrenched while building trust. All of the clients I have introduced to you have remarked about your talent as a mediator.

R. Clay Porter

Dennis, Corry, Porter & Smith, LLP


Rex, we really appreciate all you have done. You did a terrific job in a very difficult case. I hope we can work with you many times into the future.

Brian Epps

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP


My highest compliments to you for your skills as a mediator and the rapport and respect you earn with your thoughtfulness, insights, preparation, and consideration of both sides.

Bryan A. Vroon

Vroon & Crongeyer, LLP


I appreciate your professionalism and dedicated approach to the mediation we just completed.

Jason L. Nohr

Cauthorn, Nohr & O’Dell, P.C.


Mediation resolved five lawsuits filed by five different attorneys representing 15 Plaintiffs with two sets of Defendants. Rex was determined to settle all the cases. I have never seen anyone work harder than he did. It took 14 hours and I am confident he would have gone another 14 if needed.

Bill Casey

Hicks, Casey & Morton


Rex Smith was outstanding. It was a complex case and he got on top of it, and this was essential to the credibility of the communications he had with the parties that guided the case toward resolution.

Harry W. MacDougald

Caldwell, Propst & DeLoach


Thank you for your help with the mediation of this case yesterday. I think we reached a fair result, and your help was instrumental in getting that done. My client was very impressed with your work and told that you were “exactly the mediator we needed.” I look forward to working with you again.

Elenore Cotter Klingler


Thank you for helping us resolve this matter. You did a masterful job in keeping the ball rolling. My client, who has now participated in several Henning mediations, was especially pleased with the way you handled the negotiations. I will continue to recommend your services to my partners and my clients. Thanks again.

Jonathan M. Adelman

Harper Waldon & Craig


Just wanted you to know that I am again in your debt for a job exceptionally well done. Keith and I are quite certain the case would not have settled without your meticulous preparation and dogged pursuit of the goal. The experience, expertise and intelligence you brought to the table was invaluable.

Susan V. Sommers

Northside Hospital, Inc.


I can truly say that I have never had the pleasure of using or benefitting from a better mediator. Thanks for your wisdom and persistence.

Wayne M. Marchant

Memorial Health, Inc.


I have been mediating cases with Henning and Rex Smith for over 10 years. In 22 years of practicing law, I can say without exception, there is simply no better Neutral, anywhere.

Michael Carvalho

Carvalho & Associates, PC


Rex Smith does an exceptional job mediating all cases. This was an especially sensitive case involving liability disputes as well as coverage disputes. He did a great job.

Robert Katz

Katz Wright Fleming Dodson & Mildenhall, LLC


Hands down, Rex Smith is the best in the business. His skill as a mediator is truly exceptional and his ability to relate to clients is unsurpassed.

Michael Carvalho

Carvalho & Associates, PC


You’re the best mediator I’ve ever worked with. Thanks for helping us conclude this one.

Bruno J. Bischoff

Field Claims Manager


As always, you did an excellent job. You have a great talent for working with people and helping them come together to solve their disputes.

Matthew G. Moffett

Gray, Rust, St. Amand, Moffett & Brieske, L.L.P.


I wanted to again thank you for your assistance in resolving our case yesterday. I think that you are by far one of the best mediators I have had the pleasure to work with. You do an excellent job and I look forward to working with you again in the future.

Eugene S. Hatcher, Jr.

Jones, Cork & Miller, LLP


Rex Smith did a super job. We probably would not have gotten the case resolved without him. He is one of the best mediators I have ever worked with.

George E. Wilson

Wilson Martin & Downs, LLC