I have practiced law since 1976 when I graduated from that great institution, Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. The only job offer I got when I graduated was with a lawyer in Lyons, Georgia, Ward Newton, so my new bride and I moved to Toombs County a week after we were married and two weeks after I graduated. In 1979 I moved to Macon to practice with the law firm of Anderson, Walker and Reichert where I stayed two years. In 1981 I moved back to Toombs County and once again practiced with Ward. Unfortunately, Ward had lung cancer when I moved back and died just before Thanksgiving 1981.
When I began practicing law with Ward, he had a rather extensive list of insurance clients and we defended people who were being sued as a result of some event such as an automobile accident, a slip and fall and just about anything else. We also defended doctors for St. Paul Insurance Company and MAG Mutual Insurance Company. After Ward’s death I continued to practice insurance defense until 1998.
In 1998 my father passed away, my oldest son was a year from graduating high school and I was tired of all the stress and strain that lawyers for insurance companies are under. When you defend doctors you travel all over the United States taking depositions from experts at Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Mayo and many other places. The pay is regular but by 1998 insurance companies were treating their attorneys like they were robots and thieves. They wanted their lawyers to do everything quicker and cheaper.
I guess I just got tired of it all and decided to cut the umbilibcal cord from my primary source of income, defending doctors for MAG Mutual, and started suing doctors on behalf of patients. It is truly rewarding work.
My main office is at 611 Church Street, Vidalia, Georgia, but I have a partner, Robert Jenkins, who maintains the office at 355-A Commercial Drive in Savannah, Georgia. We work together on cases that warrant two lawyers.
In 2001 I turned 50 years old. In 2002 I became aware that the Republicans were determined to change the justice system to protect insurance companies and hurt the common man. I had voted REpublican for the most part all of my adult life. However, when I realized that Tort Reform and other Republicans schemes were targeted at lawyers, I knew the party as a whole was up to no good. I immediately decided that until the Republican party became humble, as opposed to self-righteous, I would oppose them in the fields, the hills, the plains, the oceans, the mountains and in the courtroom.
The radio show “What Is Goin’ On?” grew out of my general frustration in having an adequate forum from which to do anything. It has proven to me that it is truly a great responsibility, not to be taken lightly, to have the privilege of communicating on the airwaves.
It has humbled me, as well. I have found out that there are good Republicans and Democrats. It has given me the opportunity to know more than I ever have before about what politicians are doing BEFORE they do it.
While I joke a lot about opposing Republicans, what I really oppose are politicians who do not tell us the truth, who do not let us know why some policy or law is being proposed, who have secret agendas which they promote behind the scenes while saying something entirely different in public.
I am determined to find out What Is Goin On! I hope you are too. Together, we make a hell of a team.
Wilson R. Smith, Host