Location: Martinsville, Virginia, United States
James Randolph Smith, Jr. has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of law.
With a demonstrated expertise in criminal law and real estate law, Mr. Smith has a highly regarded reputation in the legal field as evidenced by his incredible work over the last 50 years. Retired since 2015, he concluded his career as the assistant commonwealth attorney for the County of Henry in Virginia. He succeeded in this role for 13 years after having previously found success in other prominent positions. Notably, he was the deputy director for the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, executive secretary for the Virginia Charitable Gaming Commission, commonwealth attorney for the City of Martinsville, partner of Smith & Penn PC, law clerk to the judge of the U.S. District Court, and instructor for the Piedmont Criminal Justice Academy. Mr. Smith’s involvement in local bar associations has allowed him to make a true impact on his local community. With the Martinsville-Henry County Bar Association, he served as vice president for a term and president for a term.
Mr. Smith feels that he has been successful because of the support system around him growing up. His parents, James Randolph and Ruth Boykin, were instrumental in advising Mr. Smith to go after his goals. A great point of pride for Mr. Smith is that he was the first lawyer in the family. Additionally, he notes that his success is a product of the excellent education that he has received. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Randolph-Macon College, which he earned in 1967. He also has an LLB from the University of Virginia, which he obtained in 1970. Mr. Smith is admitted to practice law in the state of Virginia, as well as the U.S. district court for the western district of Virginia, the U.S. supreme court and the U.S. court of appeals for the 4th circuit.
In his retirement, Mr. Smith loves to travel to his hometown in North Carolina. Additionally, he continues to perform pro-bono work to aid those in need of legal services who are not able to afford it. When asked to give advice to emerging professionals in his field, Mr. Smith shares this sentiment: do the best that you can and respect the people who hired you to do the work for them. In the years to come, Mr. Smith intends to continue enjoying his well-deserved retirement while pursuing passion projects.
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