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Kenneth Craig Smith Jr.

also known as Craig Smith

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Personal Injury, White Collar Crime, Wrongful Death

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About Me

    Craig was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He graduated from Loyola College Prep in 1985. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Louisiana State University-Shreveport in 1990. He attended law school at Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he graduated in 1993. He is an attorney and partner in the law firm of Smith & John.  


    Craig was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1993, and since then, he has been admitted to practice before the following courts:  U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit;  U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana; and   U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana.


     He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Shreveport Bar Association, and Fifth Federal Circuit Bar Association.  He is also a Master Member of the Harry V. Booth and Henry A. Politz Chapter of the American Inns of Court.  Craig was invited to join the Inn as an Associate member in 1998.  Since then, he has advanced to a Barrister Member and then a Master member.  The Inn is a group of select judges and lawyers dedicated to improving the skills, professionalism, and ethics of the bench and bar. 


    Craig has been selected for the 2007, 2008, & 2009 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® © by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.  Additionally, Craig has been listed as one of the top lawyers in the Shreveport-Bossier area in SB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue ('04, '05, '06 '07, '08, & '09).


    Craig is currently serving a fourth term in the House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar Association for the First Judicial District  Court which encompasses all of Caddo Parish.  (Terms: '02-'04. '04-'06, '06-'08, & '08-'10). The House of Delegates is the policy making body of the Louisiana State Bar Association.  Craig has chaired the Criminal Law Committee of the Shreveport Bar Association, and he has chaired the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee which handled grievances by clients against their attorneys.


     Craig has lectured numerous times on the subjects of "Expungements" and criminal law.  Instructor, "Criminal Law," Shreveport Bar Association CLE, December 2007. Instructor, "Criminal Law," Shreveport Bar Association CLE, December 2006.  Instructor, "Criminal Law," Shreveport Bar Association CLE, December 2003.  Instructor/Author, "Expungements," Shreveport Bench-Bar Conference 2000.


    He is a past board member of the Young Lawyer's Section of the Shreveport Bar Association.  He has served as a Teen Court Judge and has volunteered his time as a Teen Court Advisor and to KTBS-3's "Call a Lawyer" program.  He has also given his time to area high school mock trial competitions.  Craig has also served on the St. Joseph's Parish Finance Council as Vice-president and as a member.


     Craig is married to Mary Ann, and they have two sons Craig, III and Jack, and a daughter, Mary Kathryn.




Primary Areas of Practice:

 


Criminal Litigation & Expungements, Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Claims & Litigation, and General Civil Litigation.

Legal Assistant: Jennifer Smith

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1993

  1. Criminal Defense: 35%
    22 years
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    22 years
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%
    22 years
  4. White Collar Crime: 15%
    22 years
  5. Wrongful Death: 10%
    22 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($190-350/hour), Contingent (33-40%), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Kenneth. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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  • F. Edward Mouton

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    F. Edward Mouton Criminal Defense Attorney
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Contact Info

Smith & John

3646 Youree Dr
Shreveport, LA, 71105

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
LAEligible to practice law199307/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward/White, Inc.2009
Top LawyersSB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue2009
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward/White, Inc.2008
Top LawyersSB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue2008
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward/White, Inc.2007
Top LawyersSB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue2007
Top LawyersSB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue2006
Top LawyersSB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue2005
Top LawyersSB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue2004

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerSmith & John1998 - Present
AssociateGreer & Frazier1996 - 1998
AssociatePeatross, Greer & Frazier1993 - 1996
Law ClerkWilkinson, Carmody, Gilliam & Hussey1992 - 1992
Law ClerkSmitherman, Lunn, Chastain & Hill1991 - 1991

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar AssociationDelegate representing Caddo Parish2008 - 2010
Harry V. Booth-Judge Henry A. Politz American Inn of CourtMaster Member2007 - Present
House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar AssociationDelegate representing Caddo Parish2006 - 2008
House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar AssociationDelegate representing Caddo Parish2004 - 2006
House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar AssociationDelegate representing Caddo Parish2002 - 2004
Harry V. Booth-Judge Henry A. Politz American Inn of CourtBarrister Member2002 - 2007
Harry V. Booth-Judge Henry A. Politz American Inn of CourtAssociate Member1998 - 2002
Louisiana State Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Shreveport Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionPast Board MemberN/A
Shreveport Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution CommitteeChairN/A
Louisiana State Bar Association, House of DelegatesMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
United States v. Edwin Edwards, et al.Not Guilty
Janski v. City of ShreveportSettled: $4.9 million

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Louisiana ExpungementsLouisiana Expungement Process2013
Louisiana Expungement LawExpungements in Louisiana2000

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Louisiana State University, ShreveportFinanceBS - Bachelor of Science1990

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Shreveport Bar Association CLECriminal Law2007
Shreveport Bar Association CLECriminal Law2006
Shreveport Bar Association CLECriminal Law2003
Shreveport Bench-Bar ConferenceExpungements2000