Ward, Hocker & Thornton, PLLC

Maxwell D. Smith

Office Phone: 859.422.6000
Email: max.smith@whtlaw.com
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Practice Areas

  • General Liability
  • Other Areas
Max is a Member in WHT’s Lexington office, and has defended hundreds of matters on behalf of insurance carriers, businesses and individuals. His experience includes defense verdicts as lead trial counsel for complex, large exposure personal injury cases on behalf of business owners, including a recent wrongful death jury trial in which the estate sought $60,000,000 in damages. Max has been listed as a Super Lawyers Rising Star since 2019, and continues to grow his practice across Kentucky and Indiana.


  • Juris Doctorate, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, 2015
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Georgetown College, 2012

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 2016
  • Indiana, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 2016

Awards And Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, 2023
  • “Kentucky Rising Star” by Super Lawyers®, 2019-2023
  • Scholar of Merit: Sports Law, Cumberland School of Law, Fall 2014
  • Scholar of Merit: Mediator Practice, Cumberland School of Law, Spring 2015
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