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Michael Jens Frederick Smith

About me

We provide personal and direct representation in complicated disputes. these range from business disputes over real estate or business contracts or insurance coverage to employment disputes over terminations, harassment or discrimination.


I have been a lawyer since 1983, and have enjoyed helping all kinds of businesses and individuals obtain fair resolution of their issues. 


My background includes working at the Court of Appeal, at the District Court and in a large San Francisco Law firm. I enjoy working in the  Central Valley in a small firm setting, as it allows me to work closely with my clients and to work closely with and against people that I respect and admire. We enjoy taking on cases that others find too complex, and finding prompt, fair and economically rational solutions. 


Practice areas


  1. Employment & Labor: 40%
  2. Business: 20%
  3. Mediation: 20%
  4. Arbitration: 10%
  5. Insurance: 10%

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Contact info

Michael J. F. Smith A Professional Corporation

1391 West Shaw Avenue Suite D
Fresno, CA, 93711


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerMichael J. F. Smith, A Professional Corporation2003 - 2011
ShareholderJory, Peterson, Watkins & Smith1994 - 2003
PartnerJory, Peterson & Sagaser1990 - 1994
Judicial Law ClerkFifth District Court of Appeal1983 - 1985
Judicial ExternU. S. District Court, Northern District of California1982 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
Fresno County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1990 - 1995
Fresno County Young Lawyers AssociationPresident1990 - 1991
State Bar of CaliforniaCo-Chair1987 - 1988
Fresno County Young Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors1986 - 1992
Standing Committee on Rules and Procedures of CourtMember1985 - 1989
Fresno County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Fresno County Young Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of California - RiversideN/AMA - Masters1979
University of California - RiversideN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1977