James David Smith

Attorney at Law

James David Smith (“Dave”) attended the University of Phoenix and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Following his undergraduate education, Mr. Smith then attended law school at night for two years while working as a civil litigation paralegal during the day at a large international law firm in Phoenix, Arizona. In school, Mr. Smith was a staff editor for the Phoenix Law Review. Mr. Smith earned his juris doctorate degree, graduating cum laude, from Phoenix School of Law in 2008.

Not only did Dave Smith win my case he also put my mind and ease, he gave me the support and confidence I needed to feel comfortable with the legal process and expectations at each step.

Following law school, Mr. Smith started practicing criminal law at a large private (criminal law) firm. Mr. Smith quickly gained courtroom experience and honed his skills by personally managing a high volume caseload. Mr. Smith’s trial experience resulted in superior results at one of the largest criminal law firms in the Valley. Mr. Smith is experienced in handling felony and misdemeanor cases and highly emphasizes DUI/DWI defense.
Mr. Smith is a well-prepared trial attorney, providing a comprehensive defense against the State’s charges, and has gained a reputation as an aggressive defender in the courtroom.


  • Phoenix School of Law, Phoenix, Arizona
    • J.D. – 08/2008
    • Honors: cum laude
  • University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona
    • B.S. – 2003

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Member
  • National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), 2012 to Present
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ), 2012 to Present

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