Kyle N. Smith
Kyle’s practice centers on the defense of personal injury and property damage claims. He has successfully defended matters involving first- and third-party automobile matters, product liability, premises liability, and construction site liability.
Member, Oakland County Bar Association
Member, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
Member, Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Obtained no-cause verdict for insurance company, that the expenses and benefits claimed by plaintiff were not related to the automobile accident. (January 2017)
Successful trial result in a third-party automobile case where the jury found the defendant driver was not liable for the subject motor vehicle accident. (September 2015)
Won summary disposition in Wayne County Circuit Court in a third-party action for uninsured motorist benefits. Plaintiff, who resolved his prior PIP lawsuit against the insurer and dismissed same with prejudice, subsequently brought a claim for uninsured motorist benefits against the insurer. A motion for summary disposition was filed on behalf of the insurer arguing that plaintiff was precluded from bringing his claim under the doctrine of res judicata and his failure to comply with compulsory joinder of all claims against a party. The Court agreed and granted summary disposition in favor of the insurer and dismissed plaintiff’s claims with prejudice. (October 2014)
Won summary disposition in Wayne County Circuit Court in a negligence case. Plaintiff, a police officer, alleged that he sustained injury as he attempted to extract a man who became trapped in a ditch following a cave-in. A motion for summary disposition was filed on behalf of the homeowner arguing that plaintiff’s claims were barred by the Firefighter’s Rule (MCL 600.2967). The Court agreed and granted summary disposition in favor of the homeowner and dismissed plaintiff’s claims. (April 2014)
Kyle is actively involved in Angels’ Place, a Michigan-based non-profit charity that provides people-centered services including homes and professional support for adults with developmental disabilities.