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Tonya Graser Smith

also known as Tonya Graser Smith, Tonya Smith

About me

Ms. Smith grew up in Eastern Tennessee outside of Knoxville. She attended West Virginia University where she earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science and graduated from the Honors College. After college, she spent a year working as a consultant for Delta Gamma Fraternity which had her work all over the United States and in Canada. Ms. Smith then attended law school at Texas Tech University School of Law where she was selected in her third year of law school to participate in the Civil Legal Assistance Clinic where she was the lead attorney on a variety of civil cases including many family law matters.

Upon graduation from Texas Tech Law and passing the North Carolina Bar Exam, Ms. Smith relocated to Charlotte and began her practice of law. She focused her practice on family law and domestic matters first with Hatcher Law Group, P.C. She then opened the Charlotte office of the national family law firm Cordell Law, LLP. Ms. Smith now brings her unique skills and compassion for her clients to Arnold & Smith, PLLC. She finds her work and relationships with clients most rewarding as she is able to help clients achieve their goals, protect their families, and allow them to financially provide for their families and themselves.

At Arnold & Smith, PLLC, Ms. Smith focuses her practice on family law including divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, equitable distribution, and other family law matters. Since 2007, she has been practicing family and domestic law exclusively in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. In 2011, Ms. Smith completed an eight-day trial school program through the American Bar Association Family Law Section.

Ms. Smith believes families are the most important part of an individual’s life. Family relationships - good or bad, easy or difficult - help to shape one’s life and the lives of the other very important people that surround him/her. Ms. Smith believes her clients have a right and duty to protect and provide for their family. In order to protect the family and make children the number one priority, one must first have control over family finances and be able to provide for himself/herself.

The decisions clients face in family law situations regarding family and finances are of upmost importance and should not be made without competent guidance from an attorney after reviewing the personal circumstances from all angles. Ms. Smith strives to have the highest quality working relationship with her clients so that her client are informed, educated, and confident in their decisions on how to address their family law matters.

Ms. Smith's role as an attorney is to help her clients navigate through litigation or settlement proceedings strategically and efficiently. When presenting a client’s case she ensures her client’s goals are highly emphasized throughout the process. To achieve the best possible outcome, Ms. Smith believes she and her clients must work together to be creative, employ logical solutions, and use all the tools available through the settlement or litigation proceedings.


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Practice areas


  1. Domestic Violence: 20%
    4 years
  2. Divorce: 20%
    4 years
  3. Alimony: 20%
    4 years
  4. Child Support: 20%
    4 years
  5. Child Custody: 20%
    4 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Rebecca L. Robison

    Tonya is a knowledgeable and experienced family law attorney. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law with experience both in and out of the courtroom. Tonya is a strong advocate for her clients and well respected among her colleagues.


    Rebecca Robison Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Laura B. Burt

    Tonya is an amazing attorney with a quick legal mind and a strong desire to obtain the best results for her clients. Tonya is caring and detail oriented yet very efficient. I highly recommend Tonya!


    Laura Burt Family Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Burt & Cordes, PLLC

122 Cherokee Road, Suite 1
Charlotte, NC, 28207


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Board Certified Specialist - Family LawNorth Carolina State Bar2013
Nominated for Emerging Leaders 2011Lawyers Weekly Emerging LeadersN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyBurt & Cordes, PLLC2014 - Present
Attorney, Managing MemberLaw Office of Tonya Graser Smith, PLLC2014 - 2014
PartnerArnold & Smith, PLLC2012 - 2014
AttorneyCordell Law, LLP2009 - 2012
AttorneyHatcher Law Group, PC2007 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Charlotte Women's Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Mecklenburg County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, Membership CommitteeMemberN/A
Charlotte Women's Bar Association, Membership CommitteeCo-chairN/A
Mecklenburg County BarVolunteer LawyersN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Various Family Law Litigation and Mediation CasesPositive outcomes for clients related to personal client goals.
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Publication nameTitleDate
“Family Law Section Lunch & Learn: A Discussion on Contempt”"A Discussion on Contempt”2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
North Carolina BarN/ABoard Certified Specialist in Family Law2013
West Virginia UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Texas Tech University School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Mecklenburg County Bar Family Law Section Continuing Legal EducationWhat You Need to Know About Parties in the Military [for Family Law Cases]2015
“Family Law Section Lunch & Learn: A Discussion on Contempt”A Discussion on Contempt2012
10 Stupidest Mistakes10 Stupidest Mistakes Men Make When Facing Divorce2011
Divorce Questions and AnswersDivorce Questions and Answers - Discussion Seminar2009