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Hannah Beth Salter Smith

Hannah is an of-counsel associate with the firm. Her entire legal career has been spent in civil litigation, where she has been awarded a rising star by Super Lawyers for the past 5 consecutive years, an award only given to 4% of attorneys in Louisiana.

About Hannah

Hannah is an of-counsel associate with the firm. Her entire legal career has been spent in civil litigation, where she has been awarded a rising star by Super Lawyers for the past 5 consecutive years, an award only given to 4% of attorneys in Louisiana.

In the beginning of her career, Hannah represented Fortune 500 companies and insurance companies. Her work consisted of advising and litigating complex high-stakes matters in both state and federal court. Thereafter she shifted into plaintiff’s practice where she has secured multi-million dollar awards for injured individuals.

With experience on both sides of the “v”, she brings a knack for evaluating the span of legal battles with experience-driven forethought. With an education in business marketing, Hannah brings her presentation skills to the courtroom where she creates compelling graphic and video presentations to put eyes on her clients’ positions in a digestible and memorable manner. Unlike other lawyers, she can craft these presentations in-house at no additional cost.

She prides herself in presenting the side of your case others fail to see.
Her clients describe her as a “gem” who is personable, accessible, and honest about expectations and timeliness. Believing the practice should be personal, Hannah gives her clients her cell phone number and prides herself in building lifelong relationships with those she has helped. Hannah credits her intuition as a key factor in the success of her practice.

 

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Q&A

What has been the biggest turning point in your career? 

While working a case an attorney told me it was better because the person who had passed was “cheaper dead than alive.” Around this same time, I also began to realize many of the attorneys representing individuals were not detail oriented, not prepared and often sold their clients short because they were stretched thin. It’s these factors which served as a turning point in my career. I made a promise to myself to be a lawyer who could deliver a different kind of service. One who put the human aspects first, and one who gave individuals the fighting chance they deserved against larger corporations and insurance companies.

What’s your best advice for clients embarking on a legal journey?

Be a team with your attorney.

How did you decide to go down the path of being a lawyer?

 It felt like a natural calling considering my strengths in writing and communication, coupled with my desire to help others in times of need.

What is your motivation for going on in spite of adversity? 

I believe our time here on earth is limited, and we will receive a reward for the work done here whether realized in this lifetime or not.

What has been your compass in life? 

My faith in God to provide divine guidance.

How do you like to navigate tough decisions? 

By first gathering as much information as possible. I believe no decision is good unless it is properly informed, and this cannot be done without first conducting a thorough and detailed examination. This often requires research and investigation with attention to detail.

What has helped you most along your professional journey?  

The support of my family. While I have had many great professional mentors, my biggest help has been those who love me. Their belief in me and their moral support have helped me stand firm in my convictions.

What do clients need to know most before deciding on any particular direction? 

Life will always bring curve balls, but it doesn’t mean you have to swing at them. There are options. Find someone willing to actually take the time to sit down with you and discuss them. No good decision was ever made in haste. 

What is your proudest legal legacy? 

Helping and advising younger lawyers who come to me for advice. The profession is only as good as those who comprise it. Handing down hard lessons learned so other lawyers can perfect their craft in turn results in me leaving a legacy bigger than myself.

Education

Juris Doctorate – Louisiana State University
Certificate of Comparative Law – Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, Lyon, France
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Northwestern State University

Strengths

Why Hannah?

  • A Storyteller who Speaks to the Soul. By crafting visual and graphic presentations, she can reach out and touch your soul. She crafts your position into a memorable story not soon to be forgotten by jurors and adjudicators alike. 
  • Her Pen is her Sword. As an award winning legal writer, her pen is her sword. Her extensive experience in drafting motions and appellate briefs makes her an indispensable player in litigation practice.   
  • Custom Contact. Knowing client communication is key, she has implemented unique case management software. This software ensures our clients and our firm attorneys have the most key information and can collaborate remotely ensuring first class service. 
  • Experience in the Trenches. Having independently conducted over 200 depositions, Hannah has experience in the trenches and knows what questions to ask in litigation to further your matter to swift resolution. 

Risk Assessor. Having given risk management training to the employees of nationwide retailers, she knows what risk is and how to minimize yours.

Bar Admissions

Louisiana State Bar
Louisiana Federal Bar

Awards

Super Lawyer Rising Star Award, 2016-2021
National Trial Lawyers Top 10 under 40, 2018
Highest Award for Legal Research and Writing, Louisiana State University

Speeches and Authorship

Blue Goose International Meeting: “Aspects of Insurance Fraud in Louisiana: The Latest Trends”, March 2013
Rimkus Continuing Education Seminar: “Ethically Investigating First Party Claims”, May 2013
New Orleans Claims Association Seminar: “Email and Electronic Etiquette”, January 2014
Louisiana 20th Annual Louisiana Claims Association Educational Conference: “Instagram, Twitter and Everything in Between: A Course on How to Effectively and Ethically Use Social Media in Defending Personal Injury Lawsuits”, June 2014
Louisiana 21st Annual Louisiana Claims Association Educational Conference: “Locked and Loaded: A Complete Guide to Handling Negligent Security Claims”, June 2015
Louisiana Bar Association: Continuing Legal Education Panelist, December 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
USA Weekly Legal Online Contributor, 2019