Douglas H. Smith



Providence, RI



Douglas H. Smith has been a member in good standing of the Rhode Island and Massachusetts bars for over 25 years. Prior to his formal legal training, while attending Boston University, Mr. Smith worked as a summer intern at Rhode Island Legal Services in Providence. Later, while in law school, Mr. Smith was active in the Syracuse University Law Clinic Program, where he represented mostly indigent clients in various criminal and civil matters. Following his accelerated graduation from law school in 1978 on the Dean's List, Mr. Smith decided to associate himself with law firms with an excellent litigation reputation, which included over 6 years of experience working as an insurance defense lawyer handling trials and appeals on a daily basis.

Over the next 20 years, Mr. Smith broadened this litigation background to develop experience in many different areas of Rhode Island and Massachusetts law, including real estate, wills and estates, personal injury, bankruptcy, and domestic relations law.

Nonetheless, during this entire time, the primary focus of Mr. Smith's law office has not changed, which is to maintain a successful and rewarding legal practice through delivery of a quality legal product to one satisfied client after another.

Areas of Practice

  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Construction Law
  • Litigation and Arbitration
  • Contracts
  • Real Estate Law
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning and Wills
  • Divorce and Family Law
  • Marital Property Division

Litigation Percentage

50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


  • Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York
    • J.D. - 1978
    • Honors: Dean's List
  • Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
    • B.A. - 1976
    • Honors: cum laude

Representative Cases

  • Title Investments v. City of Providence, 20020150, R.I. Supreme Court
  • Lombardi v. R.I. Insolvency Fund, 98-542-A, R.I. Supreme Court
  • Gaudreau v. Blasbalg, 91-0583-A, RI Supreme Court
  • Hayhurst v. LaFlamme, 79-428-A, RI Supreme Court
  • Joseph v. Rosa, 82-432-A, RI Supreme Court
  • Camerlin v. Marshall, 91-SJC-5633, Mass. Supreme Judicial Court
  • Ames v. RIHTNB, 88-8919, WCC App. Div.
  • Curtain v. Lataille, 85-301-A, RI Supreme Court
  • Lemoi v. Nationwide, 80-538-A, RI Supreme Court
  • Borrelli v. Nationwide, 83-12-A, RI Supreme Court
  • Mann v. Calderone, 83-402-A, RI Supreme Court
  • Lacey v. Edgewood Home Builders, 79-445-A, RI Supreme Court
  • Arlan v. Cervini, 82-86-A, RI Supreme Court
  • Nationwide v. LaFazia, 82-453-A, RI Supreme Court
  • Bush v. Nationwide, 80-119-A, RI Supreme Court
  • Sylvia v. Sylvia, 79-388-A, RI Supreme Court
  • HSIM Assoc. v. Kalian, 85-335-A, RI Supreme Court

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • R.I. Bar Association, 1979 to 1979
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, 1979 to 1979
  • R.I. Title Standards Committee
  • R.I. Family Court Bench Bar Committee
  • R.I. Family Court, Real Estate Commissioner
  • R.I. Superior Court, Real Estate Commissioner
  • R.I. Superior Court, Receiver
  • R.I. Superior Court, Trustee
  • R.I. Superior Court, Guardian