G. Murrell Smith, Jr.

Born in Florence, South Carolina, Murrell grew up in Sumter, South Carolina, where he graduated from Wilson Hall in 1986. He attended Wofford College earning a Bachelor of Arts in History and Government in 1990. After earning his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1993, Smith began practicing law in his hometown of Sumter. He started with a general law practice yet simultaneously served as a part time public defender from 1994-1998. As a public defender, Smith tried numerous DUI and drug cases and major felonies to include murder trials and death penalty cases. He later joined the practice of Lee, Erter, Wilson, Holler & Smith, LLC. Smith’s focus evolved to insurance defense, automobile claims, and medical malpractice defense. He has tried numerous cases to verdict and has honed his trial skills to concentrate on more complex litigation to include nursing homes, business litigation, workers compensation, medical malpractice and legal malpractice. Smith now has a presence representing clients in virtually every county in the state. He is AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Smith was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2000 serving District 67. He began his political career as a member of the House Judiciary Committee rising to first vice chairman. In 2009, he moved to the House Ways and Means Committee and was Chairman of the Health and Human Services Subcommittee beginning in 2012. On December 5, 2018, Smith was elected as the Chairman of the South Carolina House Ways and Means Committee. Smith also serves as the Chairman of the House Ethics Committee and on the South Carolina Judicial Merit Selection Commission.

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Lee, Erter, Wilson, Holler & Smith, LLC, 1991 - present.


  • Graduated Wofford College BA, 1990
  • Graduated University of South Carolina School of Law, 1993


  • Lee, Erter, Wilson, Holler & Smith, LLC; Partner.
  • Practice focusing on Business Litigation, Governmental Defense, Insurance and Medical Malpractice Defense


  • Elected to S.C. House of Representatives, 2001-Present.
    • Representing District 67 Sumter County
  • Ways and Means Committee 2009-present
    • Chairman, SC House Ways and Means Committee Dec 2018-present
    • Chairman of Health, Human Services & Medicaid Subcommittee 2012-December 2018
  • Judiciary Committee 2001- 2009;
    • Criminal Laws Subcommittee Chair 2005-2009
    • 1 st Vice Chair 2002-2004;
  • Judicial Merit Screening Committee; 2016-Present
  • Joint Bond Review Committee; 2016-present
  • Joint Other Fund Oversight Committee; Vice Chairman; 2011-2015
  • Appointed to SC Military Affairs Commission; 2006-Present
  • SC Sentencing Reform Commission- Vice-chairman (2010)
  • SC GOP House Ethics Reform Study Committee Chairman (2012)
  • Commission of Indigent Defense 2005-present
  • Sumter County Public Defender Corporation Board 1998-present, Chairman 2005-2007
  • House Ethics Committee; 2016-present (Chairman 2018 to present)
  • SC Agency Head Salary Review Commission; 2016-present

Community Service:

  • Wofford Alumni Executive Committee 2003-2005
  • Member SC Bar, Sumter County Bar Association
  • Sumter Gallery of Art Board 2003-2005
  • Sumter Palmetto Rotary Club 1994-present


  • 2019 Lawyer’s Weekly Leadership in Law honoree
  • 2018 Easterseals South Carolina Legislator of the Year
  • 2018 Child Advocate Award
  • 2018 Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Solomon Award
  • 2018 United Way South Carolina Common Good Award for Health
  • 2017 Medical University of South Carolina Healthy Communities Award recipient
  • 2015 Conservation Voters of South Carolina Green Tie Award
  • Council of Governments House Legislator of Year Award 2015
  • South Carolina Medical Association Legislator of the Year Award 2015
  • Legislator of the Year 2014 Sierra Club
  • Legislator of the Year 2014 and 2015 Behavioral Health Services Association
  • Honorary Degree Recipient Medical University of South Carolina May 2014, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Community Health Center Champion Award (2013)
  • South Carolina Primary Health Care Association Award (2013)
  • Legislator of the Year 2013- South Carolina Human Services Provider’s Association
  • Legislation Award for South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation 2013
  • 2009 South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense Distinguished Service Award
  • Sumter County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Achievement Award 2008
  • 2008 Arson Investigators Legislator of the Year
  • 2008 South Carolina Fraternal Order of Police, House Member of the Year
  • 2008 The State Newspaper Top 20 under 40 Award
  • 2007 South Carolina Public Defender Association Legislator of the Year
  • 2007 The Daniel Award, Gun Owners of South Carolina
  • Humane Society Legislator of the Year 2007
  • 2005 South Carolina Solicitor’s Association Legislator of the Year
  • Legislator of the Year Victim’s Assistance Network, 2005
  • Legislator of the Year SC Prosecution Coordination Commission, 2005
  • Wilson Hall Alumni of Year, 2003

Legal Affiliations:

  • Sumter County Bar Association
  • S.C. Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Association of Defense Trial Lawyers (ADTA)
  • South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Pee Dee Chapter Inn of Court, charter member

G. Murrell Smith, Jr.

803-778-1643 fax


Areas of Practice:

Civil Litigation Practice
Civil Appellate Practice
Insurance Defense
Insurance Coverage Issues
Arson and Insurance Fraud
Personal Injury
Medical Malpractice Defense
Governmental Law
Trusts and Estates
Legal Malpractice Defense
Medical Malpractice Defense
Nursing Home Litigation