Michael H. Smith
Smith Barid, LLC
Michael H. Smith graduated from Erskine College in 1993 with a BA in history. He then attended the University of Georgia School of Law and graduated in 1996 with a Juris Doctor degree. He spent the 1st year of his legal career in Augusta, Georgia and then enticed by the thought of spending time at the beach, moved to Savannah in 1997. After practicing with different firms over the years, Mike founded Smith Barid, LLC with his partner, Richard Barid, in November 2006 to focus on estate planning, elder law, and special needs planning.
An AV rated attorney in Martindale Hubble, Mike was selected as one of Georgia’s Legal Leaders for 2016. He was also selected as one of America's Techiest Lawyers in the April 2012 edition of the ABA Journal and was a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2010. He was selected as a 40 Under 40 dynamic business leader in Savannah in 2009 by the readers and editors of The Business Report and Journal. Mike is a member of Wealth Counsel, Elder Counsel, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the National Care Planning Council, the Savannah Bar Association, the Savannah Estate Planning Council, the Greater Savannah Coalition on the Aging, the State Bar of Georgia, Savannah Bar Association and the Fiduciary Law Section. In 2011 Mike was named to the DocuBank National Advisory Board and served through 2012. Mike is the past president of the Georgia Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and serves on the boards of the Greater Savannah Sports Council, and the Alzheimer's Association Coastal Georgia Chapter. Mike also serves a past president of the Greater Savannah Coalition on Aging. Mike is a member of Wilmington Island Presbyterian Church.
Mike is a frequent lecturer on Estate Planning, Elder Law and Special Needs Planning, Veterans Aid and Attendance and Medicaid Planning educating fellow attorneys at CLE events around the country and educating members of the community in an effort to help the community gain awareness of the importance of proper estate planning, long-term care planning and special needs planning.