James Bayard Smith, Jr.
Bayard graduated from Lafayette College, Cum Laude in 1995, received his law degree from The College of William & Mary School of Law in 1999 and was admitted to the New Jersey Bar that year. He is also admitted to practice before The United States Supreme Court, The United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit and The United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
Bayard has been practicing personal injury law his entire career. He has tried numerous cases to conclusion and obtained verdicts for his clients against some of the largest insurance companies. Prior to entering private practice he spent a year as a judicial clerk for a Superior Court Judge in Middlesex County. He is a member of the New Jersey Association for Justice and the Middlesex County Bar Association. He is also an Lieutenant Colonel in the Army National Guard and has been deployed overseas twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is a third generation attorney. His grandfather served as a United States Court of Appeals Judge for the 3rd Circuit and his father is a former Municipal Court Judge for Metuchen, Dunellen and Old Bridge.
He is a frequent lecturer at local high schools on law, freedom and the constitution. “Fighting for the rights of individuals has been my life’s focus. Being a partner in the law firm of Harrell, Smith and Williams, has given me the resources to even the playing field with the large insurance companies who are trying to limit the rights of injured individuals to fair compensation. Rest assured that when you hire our firm you are getting a veteran group of attorneys and support staff to protect you.”