When she was young, family and friends would tell Lori Lohr Smith that she should become a lawyer because she was good at analyzing details, choosing a position, and arguing it vigorously. They were right.
Today, Lori is a valued member of the Marks & Harrison legal team, fighting for clients in motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents, premises liability, dog bites and a broad range of other personal injury and wrongful death matters.
“I love what I do, so it does not feel like work,” Lori says. “I like solving problems and helping people, and I am always happiest when I am constantly challenged. A career in personal injury law provides me with that opportunity.”
A Chesterfield native, Lori attended Meadowbrook High School. She then earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia in 1993.
She went on to graduate from the University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams School of Law and E. Claiborne Robins School of Business, where she earned her Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration degrees in three years, instead of four.
“I have found that analytical skills in the legal and business fields are very similar,” she says.
Having grown up in Chesterfield, Lori is able to use her knowledge of the community and local courts to position her client’s case most favorably.
For more than 12 years, Lori practiced law on the defense side, including defense of personal injury cases. Most recently before joining Marks & Harrison, Lori worked for The Hartford Insurance Company, defending personal injury cases.
She brought the insights she gained as a defense attorney and employee of an insurance company to Marks & Harrison in 2011, where she focuses her practice exclusively on representing injured plaintiffs. She uses her insurance defense experience in seeking to achieve the best possible outcome for her injured clients, especially during settlement negotiations.
She has enjoyed making the transition.
“I like that our firm has a long history of helping people,” says Lori, who is licensed to practice in all Virginia state courts as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia. “We take creative approaches to handling challenging cases.”
Lori is adept at handling complicated and catastrophic personal injury cases. Lawyers in other firms routinely refer clients to Lori.
Most recently, Lori spoke about Medicare Conditional Payment Subrogation Rights to groups of lawyers in Richmond and Tidewater. In addition to explaining the process, she offered helpful hints to other attorneys for smoothly dealing with Medicare in an injured client’s case.
When she is not working, Lori enjoys spending time with her large, extended family (most of whom live in Chesterfield). Her son and daughter keep Lori and her husband very busy with school and activities.
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