also known as H. Van Smith, Van Smith
He is the sole owner of SMITH STRONG, PLC and a member of the family law sections of the Virginia State Bar, the American Bar Association, and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.
Van has been featured several times in the Richmond Times Dispatch, Virginia Gazette, Daily Press, WRVA 1140AM, William & Mary News and UVA Today; he welcomes the opportunity to educate his community on divorce, custody, and family law issues in Virginia.
In 2013, the Virginia legal community welcomed Van Smith’s first book in the Legal Strength Series: The Ultimate Guide to Divorce and Custody in Virginia: Quickly Get Back to Fully Living Your Life.
And Van was honored in 2013 with Avvo's Client Satisfaction Award for Family Law.
In 2014, the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys awarded Van the prestigious Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Virginia, under the age of 40.
Also in 2014, Van was nominated as one of the "10 Best Under 40" Attorneys for the State of Virginia, as determined by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys.
Van’s practice focuses on family law matters, including divorce, related tax and business issues, custody and support plans, property distribution, integrated solutions for wealth preservation and management post-separation, collaborative law, and civil litigation.
Smith Strong, PLC offers a comprehensive range of family law services from advice and counseling on the most sophisticated and complex business and legal issues to negotiating agreements, mediating disputes, and litigation involving:
Premier Family Law, Divorce & Child Custody Representation
Juvenile & Domestic Relations-Related Criminal Defense Representation
Personal, Skilled Representation of Political Consulting Firms, Elected Officials, Public Servants & Professional Athletes
Premier Trust & Estate Planning Counsel
Van resides in central Virginia with his wife Katie and daughter Farah. He attended William & Mary for undergraduate and law school, where he met his wife while studying in the law library in Williamsburg.
Prior to forming Smith Strong, Van worked under highly regarded divorce and family law attorneys in Northern Virginia with the law firm Sevila, Saunders, Huddleston & White; he began his legal career with Williams Mullen in Richmond, Virginia, practicing civil litigation for a wide range of corporate clients.
His experience also includes holding management positions at the University of Virginia Foundation, The College of William & Mary, and abroad with the U.S. Department of Defense, where he was named an Honorary Iraqi Firefighter for his service in the Coalition Provisional Authority throughout Iraq.
Van has addressed groups from a few dozen to several thousand on a variety of topics, from working in a nonprofit serving war-traumatized children in Zenica, Bosnia to rebuilding the fire and ambulance services in Iraq. He has given inspirational messages to elementary and middle school classes as well as at high school graduations and baccalaureate ceremonies, as well as lectures on law and history in Virginia before university audiences and community organizations.
He enjoys working to improve his clients’ lives, while also spending time with his family, playing tennis, hiking, cycling, being on the James River, fly fishing, and reading—beginning his day with coffee and a newspaper and ending it with tea and a good book.
Van is licensed to practice law in Virginia, the United States District Court for Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, and United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.
To schedule an interview or private meeting, please call 804.325.1245 or 757.941.4298.
Languages Spoken: Spanish
Licensed since 2008
Hourly ($195-359/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)
Cash, Check, Credit Card
|VA||Authorized to practice law||2008||03/11/2014|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 10 Attorneys Under 40||National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys||2015|
|"10 Best" Attorneys for Virginia||American Institute of Family Law Attorneys||2015|
|Reader's Choice, Lawyer Nomination||Richmond Times-Dispatch||2015|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Top 100 Lawyers||The National Advocates||2014|
|Client Satisfaction Award||AVVO||2014|
|10 Best Under 40||American Institute of Family Law Attorneys||2014|
|Top 10 Attorneys Under 40||National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys||2014|
|Client Satisfaction Award||AVVO||2013|
|Most Likely to Become Law School Dean||William and Mary School of Law, Class of 2007||2007|
|Honorary Iraqi Firefighter||Iraqi Ministry of Interior, Civil Defense Fire & Emergency Service||2004|
|The Benjamin Stoddert Ewell Award||College of William and Mary||2003|
|Attorney & Owner||Smith Strong, PLC||2012 - Present|
|Attorney||Sevila, Saunders, Huddleston & White||2011 - 2012|
|Program & Development Manager||University of Virginia Foundation||2008 - 2011|
|Associate Attorney||Williams Mullen||2007 - 2008|
|Policy Advisor||Department Of Defense||2003 - 2004|
|Intern||McGuire Woods Consulting||2002 - 2002|
|Intern||United States Senate||2001 - 2001|
|Director of Public Outreach (promoted from intern to Director)||The College Of William & Mary||2000 - 2003|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Lawyers with Purpose||Member||2015 - Present|
|American Institute of Family Law Attorneys||Member||2014 - Present|
|WealthCounsel||Member||2013 - Present|
|Chesterfield County Bar Association||Member||2012 - 2013|
|Richmond Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Historic Richmond Foundation||Quoit Club||2012 - Present|
|Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce||Member||2011 - 2012|
|Virginia Trial Lawyers Association||Member, Family Law Section||2011 - Present|
|Loudoun County Bar Association||Member||2011 - 2012|
|Virginia State Bar||Member, Family Law Section & Litigation Section||2008 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member, Family Law & Law Practice Management Sections||2008 - Present|
|George Wythe Society of Citizen Lawyers||Former President||2005 - 2007|
|Word Association Press||The Ultimate Guide to Divorce & Custody in Virginia: Quickly Get Back to Fully Living Your Life||2013|
|E-Book||The 7 Essential Steps to Divorce Planning in Virginia||2012|
|William & Mary Law School||Juris Doctor||JD - Juris Doctor||2007|
|College of William and Mary||Government & History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2003|
|Estate Planning||Two Phases of Estate Planning: A Secure Retirement & Avoiding Going Broke in the Nursing Home||2015|
|George Wythe Walking Tour & Reception||The Role of the Citizen Lawyer in Society||2006|