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Ryan Thomas Smith

Ryan Thomas Smith

also known as Ryan T. Smith

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Guardianship, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury

About Me


Ryan T. Smith is the Managing Member of RTS Law Group. Mr. Smith focuses on Criminal and Civil Litigation, DWI Defense, Personal Injury, and Guardianship law. His practice is backed by an understanding of the banking world gained by his tenure with Wachovia Securities in Corporate & Investment Banking [CIB]. He worked in the Equipment Finance Division, focusing on the tax-incentivized financing of corporate assets such as aircraft, yachts, and technology-based products.

Mr. Smith was born and raised in Wheeling, WV. He completed his undergraduate education at the Marshall University Lewis College of Business. Mr. Smith then acquired his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law. During his tenure at WVU, he earned membership to the West Virginia Law Review as an Associate Editor, and spent his third year in the West Virginia University Clinical Law Program, where he practiced under a supervising attorney in the areas of family law and bankruptcy. Mr. Smith spent two summers studying abroad. The summer after his first year of law school was spent in Europe, studying law in Greece, Italy, and Spain through the University of Miami School of Law Mediterranean Legal Studies Summer Abroad Program. The summer after his second year of school was spent in South America, studying law in Brazil and Argentina through the West Virginia University College of Law Business and Politics Summer Abroad Program.

Mr. Smith is a member of several professional organizations including the North Carolina Bar Association, American Bar Association, Mecklenburg County Bar (Criminal Justice Division), Young Lawyers Division (Social Committee Member), and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

Active in community affairs, Mr. Smith is involved in many sports leagues. Mr. Smith is the commissioner of the Mecklenburg County Bar Basketball League, also being a captain of the RTS Law Group team. He is also a captain in the Queen City Hoops basketball league based at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. Additionally, Mr. Smith is a member of the Charlotte Basketball Club (CBC), Interlink Sports, and the YMCA of Greater Charlotte. He is a dedicated member of the West Virginia University and Marshall University alumni associations. Mr. Smith has formally been named in the Top 30 Under 30 Leaders in Charlotte.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2008

  1. DUI & DWI: 60%
    6 years
  2. Guardianship: 20%
    6 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 15%
    6 years
  4. Personal Injury: 5%
    6 years



Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

30 total 

  • Nathan Workman

    Ryan is an exceptionally talented, sharp, and gifted attorney. He strongly believes in the importance of maintaining contact and building relationships with clients. Every client I've referred to his office has had a top-notch experience, and I have a tremendous amount of confidence in his ability to deliver. I strongly endorse this attorney and his work.


    Nathan Workman Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • William Robinson Heroy

    I endorse this lawyer. Ryan comes into court confident and fully prepared. I would strongly recommend his services.


    William Heroy Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

RTS Law Group

1000 Van Buren Ave.
Indian Trail, NC, 28079

RTS Law Group

128 N. McDowell Street
Suite A
Charlotte, NC, 28204



NCAuthorized to practice law200804/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Associate EditorLaw Review - West Virginia University2006

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing AttorneyRTS Law Group2011 - Present
Managing MemberDillon & Smith, PLLC2009 - 2011
Wachovia - Corporate & Investment Banking2008 - 2009

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Mecklenburg County Bar Lawyer Basketball LeagueCommissioner2012 - Present
West Virginia Alumni AssociationN/A2007 - Present
West Virginia Law ReviewN/A2006 - 2007
Marshall University Alumni AssociationN/A2003 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Young Lawyer DivisionN/AN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State of North Carolina v. ConfidentialDismissed DWI Charge by a Superior Court Judge

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Publication NameTitleDate
West Virginia Law Review“Bulls Eye”: How Public Universities in West Virginia Can Creatively Comply with Title IX without the Targeted Elimination of Men’s Sports Teams2008
Albany Law Journal of Science and TechnologyCounterfeit Drugs: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly2006

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
West Virginia University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Marshall UniversityN/ABBA - Bachelor of Business Administration2003

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Attorney Continuing Legal EducationDWI/DUI Laws2014