Jonathan J. Shanks, P.A. | Surfside Lawyer
About Jonathan J. Shanks, P.A.

About Jonathan J. Shanks, P.A.

About Jonathan J. Shanks, P.A.

Dennis H. Smith | Of Counsel

Dennis H. Smith was born in the rural South Carolina farming community of Holly Hill, in Orangeburg County. He received the rank of Eagle Scout in 1971 and is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. He graduated with honors in 1975 from Holly Hill Academy, received a B.A. in Political Science from Furman University in 1979 with honors, and received his J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina Law School in 1982, also with honors. He is a member of the legal honor society, the Order of the Coif.

He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1982, and is a member of the Federal Bar as well. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the South Carolina Association of Justice, and the Horry County Bar Association. He has served on various Bar Committees since his induction to the South Carolina Bar. After graduation from law school, Mr. Smith spent five years as an insurance defense lawyer. Since 1988 he has been handling legal cases for injured persons almost exclusively. His practice includes legal and medical malpractice, serious automobile accidents, and other civil legal disputes. He has headed Dennis H, Smith, P.A. since 1989.

He has performed extensive community service. He has coached baseball, basketball, and soccer for the Horry Georgetown Soccer Club, the YMCA, the town of Surfside Beach, and the city of Myrtle Beach. He has served as Cubmaster for Pack 853 chartered to the Surfside Beach United Methodist Church, and is currently a Committee Member for Troop 396 of Belin Methodist Church of Murrells Inlet. He is a former president of the South Strand Kiwanis Club, and was the initiator of the Terrific Kids program in Horry County. He has served on the North South Football Game committee, and on the Citizens for Baseball committee, and was instrumental in bringing minor league baseball to the Grand Strand in 1999.

He is married to the former Cynthia Nault of Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Smiths have been married since 1984 and they have two sons.

Jonathan J. Shanks | Senior Attorney

Jonathan J. Shanks is a 1996 graduate of Mississippi College, School of Law. While attending school in Mississippi, Jonathan clerked for Prewitt Law Firm and the Hinds County Public Defender's Office. He is licensed to practice law in the state of South Carolina and in the Federal District Courts of South Carolina. He is a member of the Horry County Bar Association, South Carolina Trial Lawyer's Association, the Association of Trial Lawyer of America, The Injured Worker's Advocates (formerly the Association of South Carolina Claimant Attorney for Worker's Compensation), and the American Bar Association.

Prior to law school, Jonathan attended Coastal Carolina College, a branch of the University of South Carolina, majoring in Political Science. During his undergraduate years at Coastal, he was very active in campus activities during Coastal's two year transition to becoming an independent university. He served as Vice President of the Student Government Association for one semester and subsequently served as Student Government President for the next year and a half. Jonathan was recognized by the Horry County Higher Education Commission for outstanding dedication to the goals of higher education in Horry County and South Carolina. Jonathan has a great love for Coastal Carolina University and looks forward to playing an active role in support of his alma mater.

Jonathan grew up in New Jersey and moved to Myrtle Beach in 1988. He considers the Grand Strand home. He is married to the former Amy Catherine Cross of Jackson, Mississippi. On his off time Jonathan loves to spend time with the family, relax on the beach, read, workout, surf, and serve in various capacities in his church.

Miriam Rodriguez | Office Assistant

Alice Caswell | Legal Assistant