Karl H. Smith

Karl H. Smith2024-01-09T23:40:51+00:00


    • Juris Doctor, 1979
      University of South Carolina School of Law
      Columbia, South Carolina
    • B.A, History
      B.A., Psychology
      University of South Carolina
      Columbia, South Carolina


      • S. C. Circuit Court: Common Pleas, General Session
      • South Carolina Court of Appeals
      • South Carolina Supreme Court
      • U. S. District Court of South Carolina, Civil, Criminal
      • U. S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals


      • American Bar Association
      • South Carolina Bar Association
      • South Carolina Association for Justice
      • Darlington County Bar Association


Karl, a native of Hartsville, attended the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He graduated with a double major in History and Psychology. He completed a semester of graduate work in Public Administration before entering the USC School of Law. Upon graduation from law school in 1978, Karl worked for the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office in Columbia, South Carolina. In 1982, he became an associate at the Saleeby and Cox Law Firm, in Hartsville, South Carolina. In 1989, he became a partner of Saleeby, Cox, Saleeby, Smith and Auman. In 1992, Karl became a partner in the new firm Stanton, Jones and Smith, also located in Hartsville. Finally in 1997, Smith started the Smith Law Firm. Today, he is principle share holder in Smith Watts and Associates, LLC.

During his legal career Karl has served as City Judge, County Attorney for Darlington County, Attorney for Darlington County Water and Server Authority, Attorney for the Church of God Camp Meeting Associates, and served on the Board of the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association.

Primarily a Plaintiff’s attorney, Karl has obtained numerous verdicts and settlements for his clients. In 1992, he represented one of two Plaintiffs that received a jury verdict of $10,000,000.00 actual damages and $2,500,000.00 in punitive damages. Karl has negotiated settlements of $700,000.00 in a vehicle wrongful death, $550,000.00 in a negligent child care case, $600,000.00 in a UTPA case, $300,000.00 in a motorcycle accident and more than twenty other settlements of $250,000.00 or more in vehicular accidents. Karl has negotiated recent settlements of 1.4 million in a vehicle accident, 1.46 million in a wrongful death case, 1.3 million in a personal injury claim, and $350,000.00 in a motorcycle accident case. Karl has received numerous jury verdicts of substantial amounts. Karl has also handled real estate transactions involving more than $40,000,000.00 in real estate acquisitions along with corporate sales, and home purchases. Yet, he handles divorce and custody cases for countless clients.

Karl has represented many clients in criminal defense. He has countless ‘not guilty’ verdicts in both state and federal court. His successes include charges of trafficking, murder, C.S.C, arson, manufacturing of illegal weapons, aggravated assault and battery and DUI.

Karl is married to Jo Ann Sisty Smith from Asheville, North Carolina. He has two daughters, Jo and Courtney, two daughters by marriage, Heather and Lori, and one son Zachary. He attends the First Church of God in Hartsville and Kelleytown Baptist Church.