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Case Results

Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Luverne, Inc. v. Allen, 572 So. 2d 434 (Ala. 1990
Coleman v. Cannon Oil Co., 911 F. Supp. 510 (M.D. Ala. 1995)
First Tennessee Bank, N.A., v. Snell, 718 So. 2d 20 (Ala. 1998)

Born in Birmingham in 1949, Rufus R. Smith, Jr. earned his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University in 1974. He served as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alabama from 1977 to 1982.

Among his many professional honors, Rufus Smith has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for each of the last 20 years, and has maintained an AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review RatingSM by Martindale-Hubbell® for 30 years. This ranking is reserved for lawyers whose peers consider them to have the highest level of professional skill and integrity.

Practice areas

  • Plaintiff litigation
  • Personal injury
  • Automobile accidents and injuries
  • Wrongful death
  • Products liability
  • Toxic torts
  • Catastrophic Medical malpractice
  • Nursing home litigation
  • Premises liability
  • Wrongful death
  • Commercial litigation
  • Insurance claims
  • Insurance bad faith
  • Consumer fraud


  • J.D., Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, 1974
  • B.S., Troy State University, 1971

Honors and awards

Bar admissions

  • Alabama and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama, 1974
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 1996

Professional memberships

  • Houston County Bar Association
    • President, 1994
  • Alabama State Bar
    • Member, Board of Bar Commissioners
    • 1998–2000
    • 1988–1991
  • Alabama Trial Lawyers Association
    • Executive Committee, 1982–2001
    • Member: Board of Governors, 1980–1982

Contact us today

An accident can wreak havoc on your life. A skilled personal injury attorney can help you regain control and protect your future by attaining a favorable verdict or settlement. At The Law Offices of Rufus R. Smith, Jr. we have spent more than four decades fighting on behalf of personal injury victims throughout Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by someone else's negligence, we can help. Contact us today at 1-800-234-6645 to discuss your case.