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J Thomas Smith Ph.D.

About Me

At the Law Offices of J Thomas Smith, our attorneys provide clients with accessible

and cost-effective representation in US Immigration and Nationality Law.  As a “debt relief agent,” we help people file for Bankruptcy under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. We’re based in Northwest Houston, but we provide Immigration services in states across the country.  


Attorney Smith is a present member of the American Bar Association, Houston Bar Association and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. He is a past member of the American Association for Justice, American Immigration Lawyers Association and National Bar Association.


Smith, a broadcaster, hosts a local talk show,  “Sunday Morning Live”  on KMJQ/Majic 102.1 Houston.  On the program we address many issues of the day, including immigration, politics and social issues.  You can listen on-line at 


Attorney Smith is also state licensed and national board certified in mental health and addictions.  He provides expert witness and assessment services to other attorneys who practice immigration and criminal law.  


He is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia, Georgia, Kansas, Tennessee and the U. S. District Court for the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas, Kansas and the Northern District of Georgia and the Georgia Court of Appeals. 


Languages Spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice Areas


  1. Immigration: 40%
    10 years
  2. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 30%
    10 years
  3. Tax: 20%
    6 years
  4. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: 10%
    10 years



Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

107 total 

  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mr. Smith. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help.


    Mark Clay Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Amanda Toby Mays

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Amanda Mays Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Offices of Attorney J Thomas Smith, J.D., Ph.D.

11500 Northwest Fwy
Suite 280
Houston, TX, 77092


GAActive Member in Good Standing 201109/08/2015
DCActive 200905/24/2015
KSAuthorized to practice law200508/09/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 50 Black P & Business Journal2015
"Top 50 Black Attorney"D-Mars.Com Business Journal2013
“Houston Sun Beacons of Light: Men of Valor and Purpose”The Houston Sun Newspaper2013
Certificate of Congressional RecognitionAl Green, Member of Congress2013
2011 Man of StyleLet The Fashions Begin, Incorporated2011
Certificate of Congressional RecognitionSheila Jackson Lee, Member of Congress2011
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of J Thomas Smith, J.D., Ph.D.2005 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Federal Communications Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
National Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2005 - 2007
American Bar AssociationMember2005 - 2014
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - 2012
American Association for Marriage and Family TherapyClinical Member1993 - Present
NAADAC, the Association for Addiction ProfessionalsNational Certified Addiction Counselor1991 - Present
National Board for Certified CounselorsN/A1990 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMemberN/A
Houston Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Extreme Hardship Waiver - Consular ProcessingGreen Card granted
Derivative CitizenshipClient sworn-in as U.S. citizen
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Publication NameTitleDate
Xlibris PublishingThe Secret to a New Life (in 21 Days)2011
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thurgood Marshall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Universidad de San JoseBehavioral SciencePhD - Doctorate1995
University of the State of New YorkLiberal Studies-CommunicationsBS - Bachelor of Science1988
Norwich UniversityCounseling PsychologyMA - Masters1988
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Houston Lawyer's Association Diamond Anniversary CelebrationMC "Commemorating HLA’s 60 Years of Service"2015
2015 Symposium on Bridging the Gap in Mental Health DisparitiesCommunity Heroes: Bridging the Gap in Mental Health Disparities2015
Honoring Our Military JAG CorpsMaster of Ceremonies2014
National Depression Screening DayDepression Screening Day2013
Men of Style and Fashion ShowTexas Children's Hospital Sickle Cell Research2013
Entertainment and Sports Law Section LuncheonTop Legal Problems in Moderen Radio Broadcasting2013
"Getting Signed and Getting Paid"Getting a record deal and contract related matters2010