Charles H. “Trey” Smith III
Partner, Gentry Locke
JD, College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law
BA, University of Virginia
Best known for:
I am drawn to represent children and families impacted by catastrophic losses. I’m a sucker for the underdog in almost any circumstance.
Signature case / representation:
Many clients have left a mark on me personally and professionally. From a World War II veteran to a young client who suffered permanent neurological injuries, I hope the “signature” representation is the same win or lose: at the end of the day I want our clients to be convinced that we did everything ethically possible to present their best case.
Satisfying aspect of practice:
I’m tempted to quote “Conan The Barbarian,” but I’ll spare everyone. The actual practice can be hard and sometimes disappointing, but the opportunity to provide a client a fair chance in a fair fight is pretty irresistible. No. That’s soft. Winning the uphill battles is definitely most satisfying.
Working with clients:
Under-promise and over-deliver.
Don’t take yourself too seriously. Nobody else does.
I would love to predict that the arbitrary (and unconstitutional) cap on damages in medical malpractice cases would be abolished in Virginia. The cap unfairly denies adequate compensation to those who suffer the greatest harms, and it creates a disincentive for insurance carriers to settle egregious cases — while profiting enormously. There is a challenge pending which we are all watching anxiously.