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H. Van Smith

Divorce and separation Attorney at Richmond, VA

4.7   49 reviews

also known as Horace Van Smith, Van Smith


Licensed for 14 years

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TRUSTED DIVORCE, CUSTODY & ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEY FROM RICHMOND TO WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA

 

H. Van Smith practices family law and estate planning from his Virginia offices in both the Richmond metropolitan area and Williamsburg.

 

He is the sole owner of SMITH STRONG, PLC and a member of the family law sections of the Virginia State Bar, the American Bar Association, and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. 

 

Van has been featured several times in the Richmond Times Dispatch, Virginia Gazette, Daily Press, WRVA 1140AM, William & Mary News and UVA Today; he welcomes the opportunity to educate his community on divorce, custody, and family law issues in Virginia.

 

In 2013, the Virginia legal community welcomed Van Smith’s first book in the Legal Strength Series:  The Ultimate Guide to Divorce and Custody in Virginia: Quickly Get Back to Fully Living Your Life.

 

And Van was honored in 2013 with Avvo's Client Satisfaction Award for Family Law.

 

In 2014, the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys awarded Van the prestigious Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Virginia, under the age of 40.

 

Also in 2014, Van was nominated as one of the "10 Best Under 40" Attorneys for the State of Virginia, as determined by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys.

 

Van’s practice focuses on family law matters, including divorce, related tax and business issues, custody and support plans, property distribution, integrated solutions for wealth preservation and management post-separation, collaborative law, and civil litigation. 

 

Smith Strong, PLC offers a comprehensive range of family law services from advice and counseling on the most sophisticated and complex business and legal issues to negotiating agreements, mediating disputes, and litigation involving:

 

Premier Family Law, Divorce & Child Custody Representation

  •  Divorce, Matrimonial Law, Family Law
  •  Litigation in Trial Courts
  •  Negotiated Settlements
  •  Collaborative Law
  •  Premarital and Postnuptial Agreements
  •  Marital Settlement Agreements & Separation Agreements
  •  Child Custody, Visitation & Support
  •  Spousal Support & Alimony
  •  Integrated Solutions for Wealth Management & Preservation
  •  Parentage & Paternity Cases
  •  Retirement Plans & Benefits
  •  Property Division and Distribution
  •  Adoption
  •  Business Valuation
  •  Military divorce
  •  Post-Divorce Disputes
  •  Appeals   

      

Juvenile & Domestic Relations-Related Criminal Defense Representation

  • Domestic Violence & Protective Order Hearings
  • Assault & Battery Charges
  • Juvenile Crimes (including several cases to reinstate a student following charges related to the possession, sale, or distribution of alcohol, prescription drugs or narcotics on school property or on public property)

     

Personal, Skilled Representation of Political Consulting Firms, Elected Officials, Public Servants & Professional Athletes

 

  • Discreet Negotiation on Behalf of Individuals and Firms in Crisis Situations
  • Negotiation of Settlement Agreements and Contract Disputes (often with political implications).
  • Civil Litigation, when needed and appropriate.

 

 

Premier Trust & Estate Planning Counsel

 

  • In-office or In-home, personal estate planning
  • Wills, Advanced Medical Directives, Power of Attorney
  • Trust Advisory & Management Services
  • Gift & Wealth Succession Planning
  • Probate & Trust Administration

 

Van resides in central Virginia with his wife Katie and daughter Farah.  He attended William & Mary for undergraduate and law school, where he met his wife while studying in the law library in Williamsburg.

 

Prior to forming Smith Strong, Van worked under highly regarded divorce and family law attorneys in Northern Virginia with the law firm Sevila, Saunders, Huddleston & White; he began his legal career with Williams Mullen in Richmond, Virginia, practicing civil litigation for a wide range of corporate clients. 

 

His experience also includes holding management positions at the University of Virginia Foundation, The College of William & Mary, and abroad with the U.S. Department of Defense, where he was named an Honorary Iraqi Firefighter for his service in the Coalition Provisional Authority throughout Iraq.  

 

Van has addressed groups from a few dozen to several thousand on a variety of topics, from working in a nonprofit serving war-traumatized children in Zenica, Bosnia to rebuilding the fire and ambulance services in Iraq. He has given inspirational messages to elementary and middle school classes as well as at high school graduations and baccalaureate ceremonies, as well as lectures on law and history in Virginia before university audiences and community organizations.

 

He enjoys working to improve his clients’ lives, while also spending time with his family, playing tennis, hiking, cycling, being on the James River, fly fishing, and reading—beginning his day with coffee and a newspaper and ending it with tea and a good book.  

 

Van is licensed to practice law in Virginia, the United States District Court for Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, and United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

 

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Licensed for 14 years
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 12/27/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Smith Strong, PLC
5803 Staples Mill Rd.
Richmond, VA, 23228
Smith Strong, PLC
123 Bulifants Boulevard, Suite 1
Williamsburg, VA, 23188
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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  49 customer reviews
Posted by Chris | May 20, 2014
No need to search high and low..search Van
After searching online and discovering Van's website, I knew he was the man for the job. Once you meet Van you will realize he is very personable and loves his profession. Van has a great heart and is knowledgeable in what he loves. I was nervous and he walked me through the process and at the same time made the experience a pleasant one. I highly recommend Van for any big decisions you need dealing with a lawyer. On his side he has experience, commitment, and effective communication. He was always positive with his reassurance. Van's staff was very friendly and very accommodating. They all are really good people who make up a great team to have on your side. "Good has two meanings- it means that which is good absolutely and that which is good for somebody." Aristotle Van is both :)
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Response from H. Van Smith October 21, 2014
This comment is really powerful, and I'm truly humbled to read it (and I'll admit, I re-read it too!). First, thank you. Second, our firm is truly blessed to have clients that come to us for honest, done-right-the-first-time solutions. Working on your matter was very enjoyable, including securing the 'little tweaks' needed to get the agreement signed. All the best, Van
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Posted by Lisa | March 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate planning
Extensive market research of estate planning firms in my area repeatedly lead me to Mr. Van Smith. Through a process of elimination centering on firms not returning my calls, charging for consultation, unfavorable reviews, Smith Strong stood above at the outset. Mr. Smith listened to my needs, presented many options, and developed an estate plan that is flexible with life changes. Being very familiar with military related dynamics was particularly valuable to me as a client. Mr. Van Smith is very personable and approachable. He listens. And he is very strategic. Those qualities are exactly what I was seeking in a lawyer, and found in him. Thank you!
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Posted by Bobby | July 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superior Representation
In our mid-60s, my wife and I were anxious to update our 20-yr old wills/ trust documents. References from several of our reliable attorney, banker friends intersected at the office of Van Smith. Van prudently and professionally led us through an informative, detailed estate planning exercise that enabled us to create a customized, comprehensive strategy; meet our combined trust objectives; and construct an estate framework that can be updated as future circumstances warrant. We were favorably impressed with Van's knowledge, experience, and, especially, his gift of exceptional communication skills. In addition to thoughtfully and patiently addressing our questions, he was able to effortlessly and clearly contextualize complex concepts which enabled us to visualize how each component of the overall plan works together for our benefit. Van is friendly, engaging, and personable. It's been a joy to work with him and his expert legal team. We've found everyone at SmithStrong works with high energy, enthusiasm, courtesy, attentiveness, and timeliness.
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Posted by Gary | April 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent team to have on your side
Van Smiths has been my legal team for over two years through a difficult divorce and child custody. The lawyers and the legal team did an outstanding job ensuring all my concerns were addressed. Probably the most important thing you need first is information to understand the legal processes. Van provides great information and feedback to allow you to make the right decisions at the right time. In the end I got a much better settlement then I could have hoped for at the start. Mostly due to Vans' team providing insight into the legal processes and developing a winning strategy. I highly recommend them.
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Posted by Kevin | December 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Atourney Interested in His Client's Best Interests
I first met Mr. Smith attending one of his complimentary Asset Protection Workshops. If you attend this workshop he will give you 90 minutes of time to consult within the next 6 months. When I met with him in private, after reviewing my case considering my wife's mental health he recommended a divorce over an Asset Protection Plan. In the long run, the office could have earned more doing the APP. Mr. Smith crafted a non-standard property settlement agreement that protected my retirement savings. He was able to get a very disagreeable woman to sign the agreement in 29 minutes! He and his office has guided me throughout the process. I would highly recommend him for skills and talents, and have recommended him to others in need.
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Posted by Christine | December 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch in litigation skills and counsel
Van Smith has been by far the best attorney you will every come across. Both he and his staff have been there for me every step of the way through a very tough litigation process. Van made me feel at ease throughout this process, and always made it a point to be both responsive; and had such superb knowledge of the law; that I was not left in a position where I felt that I was not in good hands. His skills in the court room far exceeded that of opposing counsel. Van took my life throughout my custody/divorce process into his own hands and placed very close attention to details that, in my experience, far exceeded that of other attorneys. This is by far the best attorney in the state of Virginia, and would highly recommend him to anyone going through a difficult divorce/custody battle
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Posted by Stephanie | December 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best family attorney in Virginia 10 stars
Van Smith is the best in the business when in comes to practicing family law. Coming from a strong legal background myself; I feel that from one attorney to another, I serve as a good judge of this. Van excelled in his litigation skills and paid very close attention to each and every detail of my case. He was 10 steps ahead of a very strong opposing counsel. Both he and his staff were readily available to answer very crucial decisions that I needed to make at key points in time. Without this type of responsiveness, my outcome would have been a whole lot different. He was both understanding and honest, and provided me with realistic expectations each and every step of the way. He also kept me informed of each and every new piece of information immediately, and provided me with opportunity to make informed decisions. He has superb knowledge of the law. His actions speak loudly, and is a leader in the court room. If you are going through a difficult divorce/custody battle, consider yourself lucky to have Van Smith as your attorney. His close attention to details that I would not have thought of on my own is crucial.
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Posted by Daniel | October 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney. Professional, Timely, and Courteous.
I had the trifecta from hell: A custody battle, a divorce, and then a PSA enforcement of said divorce. All three were handled by Van and his team. I was never lacking in communication and they were always very thorough to explain my options. What was most impressive, was that during this time (and it was the better part of 3 years for all of this), several attorneys had life event changes and had to leave. I had two attorneys leave during my cases. I was afraid things would be jumbled when the next attorney took my case, but thanks to Van, transitions were smooth. He even took on my case himself to make up for events that were obviously beyond his control when the second attorney had to move. A third attorney was on my case then too, but Van had been personally overseeing everything from the start. The team always made sure to double review every drawn up document carefully with me. We had some air-tight agreements because of this. All three events had better than expected outcomes, and I give that credit to Van and his team for their legal skills, their presence in court, and very clever drafting of legal documents. A final note. While they're based in Richmond, they do have an office in Williamsburg (they know the judges here too).
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Posted by Matt & Jess | January 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pleased Client
My husband and I have had a really hard time finding a decent lawyer. My husband got online and simply typed in the best family attorney in or near Williamsburg Va. Vans was the first page that popped up and im glad it did! We've been through so much and it was refreshing meeting Van and his team. They welcomed us in with open arms. Van and his team explained things thoroughly, they were easy to get into contact with, and were very understanding of your situation. When your looking to hire someone to put your trust in, you want someone who truely loves what they do. You will get that with Van and his team. I would definitely recommend Van to anyone looking for a great knowledgeable friendly attorney!!!
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Response from H. Van Smith February 7, 2017
Matt and Jess, thanks so much for your kind review, and putting your trust in our firm. That first meeting was so important. We set out our goals, and then with your help methodically moved towards resolution in a way that avoided court. We truly enjoyed helping you with your family law matter. Thank you for the high praise. And keep in touch! Our best from the whole team, Van
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Posted by Sarah | December 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch
Going to meet Van was one of the hardest days of my life. He did a fantastic job in every aspect. I am beyond satisfied. Van and his team are exceptional, you can trust them. His online videos and books really prepare you as well. Look no further, you won't find better.
Response from H. Van Smith December 14, 2016
Thank you so much! From our entire team, it was truly a privilege to represent you. And I was so happy we were able to reach the solution so quickly. Thank you for putting your trust in us at such a critical moment in your life. We wish you all of the best in your future. Keep in touch! --Van
Posted by Shan | October 5, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Initial consultation
I had a consultation in Van's office with Van himself. I feel I'm very lucky to choose him, professional advise, no push, honest to me, and most important is he will not hold anything back even if it's not gonna bring him any interests . He told me to wait till 2017 to start my case, for the better chance to win. I really appreciate his honest. He is nice to my son, and very nicely walk me out to my car after consultation, which makes me feel more like friends. I'll say no any other attorney will do this to his client. I would recommend him to anyone who needs legal help! I'll hire him in 2017, and I'll come back and give more info!
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Response from H. Van Smith November 3, 2016
How very kind of you to leave this review. Thank you! Truly. I'm very fortunate to have a great team, and wonderful clients that are the real drivers for our firm at SmithStrong.com--as most of our work comes from referrals from past clients. And this success, frankly, allows us to remain very honest with folks about the strengths and weaknesses of their matter. It is all very humbling. Thank you for taking time out of your day to leave this review. And I look forward to seeing you again very soon. Until then, my best, Van
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Posted by Patel | June 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good office team, excellent in court trial
Mr Smith and team is very good in field of family law. They were prompt in reply. Meticulous work in gathering documents and evidences. Mr Smith was sharp and to the point in court arguments to be able to achieve favorable out come in my case. I will recommend him and his team for family law matters.
Response from H. Van Smith November 3, 2016
Thank you. I believe the most surprising experience most clients comment on are the "two sides" of my personality. Out of court, I'm patient, kind, settlement-oriented. But if court is required, that, as you say, "sharp" and "to the point" side comes out. We're thrilled you were pleased with your experience. And I'm very happy for you and your family. Appreciate it! Sincerely, Van
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Posted by Daniel | May 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Made a tough process simple
H. Van Smith and his firm made my divorce as smooth as possible. There is no such thing as an easy divorce but by taking the time to explain the process and my options, attorney Smith and his team made it easier to navigate. They were with me every step of the way and kept me informed as to the status of the proceedings. I couldn't be more appreciative. You won't be sorry if you choose H. Van Smith for your family law needs.
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Response from H. Van Smith November 3, 2016
The hurt of a divorce matter cannot be imagined, only experienced. We understand how raw and trying that time can truly be for our clients. You handled yourself with a tremendous amount of grace and dignity through some very tough moments. Our hats off to you. And thank you for the compliment. I'll be sure to pass it along to my team. They are the secret sauce. I couldn't do it without them. Thank you! Sincerely, Van
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Posted by Rowena | January 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Strongly Recommend For Prenup!!
Attorney Van Smith made an otherwise awkward process of a prenup consult with my fiance an enjoyable one - which is a bit hard to believe, but the honest-to-God truth! He made both of us feel very comfortable as soon as we stepped into his office and then he impressed us both even more by his in-depth knowledge and expertise. His thoughtful suggestions for what to include in our prenuptial agreement in particular were super helpful, along with the additional resources he provided via both print and online (by the way, check out his website, it is fantastic!). Our initial consult could have easily taken about 20-30 minutes, but my fiance and I were with Van for almost an hour because he was so friendly and fun, and we felt super comfortable asking him for sound legal advice in regards to our upcoming marriage. We scheduled this initial appointment with Van based on a referral from a good friend, and now I can see why. I would strongly recommend any couple interested in a prenup to hire Attorney Smith - he is smart, he is professional, but the bottom line is that he treated both me and my fiance with the utmost respect - which to me is so valuable when it comes to very personal matters such as marriage.
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Posted by James | January 4, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Estate Planning
Thank you Van for your excellent Estate Planning consultation. From the internet, I gathered some information on this subject but your consultation session has been an eye opener for me. You were very professional and have answered all my questions. I would recommend your firm to anyone for future Estate Planning services.
Response from H. Van Smith November 3, 2016
Most come into our office with a vague notion, "You know, Van, I really need to update my will . . . ." Through our free estate planning workshop and private meeting, they begin to understand that a true comprehensive plan ensures that they have a secure retirement, don't go broke paying for long term care, and pass along wealth to the next generation that is protected--including from their heir's potential divorce, litigation, or financial issues. Once they understand that the plan can provide real security for them and their children--and its "simple" to live with, then the light bulb goes off. They look at me and say, "Where have you been hiding?" I sort of laugh at that--the teacher presents itself when the "student" is ready. And we love educating clients! Thanks for the kind review, truly. Sincerely, Van
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Posted by Kerri | January 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful firm and attorney
Smith Strong is a dedicated, professional law firm that fights for their client. Their knowledgeable and responsive staff help to ease an often stressful situation. Smith Strong utilizes the most recent advances in telecommunications to gather, collect, and maintain information for your case. I started as a client living hundreds of miles away from Virginia. Their ability to use Google and Apple based communication and data services made physical location a non-issue. The firm has represented me in three litigation suits, all involving custody, visitation, and support brought against me over the past 18 months. They make all attempts to work out a settlement, but are not timid to go to court. In my case, mediation was not possible. Smith Strong has been successful in all three court cases. Van Smith represented me in the latest dispute. Mr. Smith figuratively and literally wrote the book on Divorce in Virginia. His polite and down to earth demeanor reflect well in court. He is tenacious, knowledgeable, and well spoken. These characteristics make him an excellent and sought after attorney. I highly recommend Van Strong and the Smith Strong law firm to anyone going through this unfortunate situation. They are truly looking out for your best interest and the best interest of the children involved. You will not regret the decision to make Smith Strong part of your life. Rest assured they will work diligently for you.
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Posted by Esther | October 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thorough and attentive
Van and the rest of the team at Smith Strong have done excellent work with us. We went to him for estate planning, and Van took the time to go through in detail all our different options. We never felt rushed or pressured, because he took his time with us, encouraged us to take our time to make decisions, and he was patient to review concepts with us. Additionally, his team went above and beyond in helping us speed up the process due to a pending home purchase. They took care of things very quickly, and were extremely helpful in dealing with our mortgage company. We have already recommended Van and his team to our family and friends, and will continue to do so. Thanks Van for your excellent service!
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Posted by Bill | September 30, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent advice
I am a professor at a local state university and have retirement plans with Virginia Retirement System (VRS) and TIAA-CREF. Recently, I was approached by the Wealth Management folks at TIAA-CREF about estate and retirement planning. They recommended one lawyer to see about the legal aspects of the plan - Van Smith. Our initial meeting was an eye-opener. My wife and I quickly realized Van was someone who was intelligent, well-versed in his profession, and personable. As a professor, I appreciate a good teacher and Van is such a person. He rewrote my will exactly the way we wanted it and explained the value of trusts to us in a very clear and consise manner. My wife had her will reworked last year by another attorney and what Van did for us was clearly outstanding and was more than 75% less expensive. Van will be our "go-to guy" for our legal needs.
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Response from H. Van Smith October 5, 2015
Many thanks for your kind words, truly appreciated. I always get a little nervous with "professor-clients" because they can be tough graders! But like each client in family law and estate planning matters, we stick to our fundamentals--clear plan of action, well-executed implementation, steady communication, reasonable fee. I'm glad we've earned your trust, and I look forward to our long-term relationship as questions arise. Happy to be your "go-to" lawyer. My best, Van
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Posted by Lorraine | July 23, 2015
I reccomend his firm to anyone who asks for a referral!
At a very scary crossroads in my life, Van and his team guided my with expert and professional advise. He addressed all of my concerns and was able to keep my case out of court (even though I was pushing for it). I was copied on all correspondence efforts to opposing counsel and vary rarely had questions, because it all made sense. His reputation precedes him and his work proves it. A kind lawyer that isn't slimy and still knows what he is doing.....they do exist!
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Response from H. Van Smith July 28, 2015
Lorraine, I'm grateful for your kind words. This year was a time of incredible transition for you, and my hat's off to you for facing that moment with grace under pressure. It was a pleasure to serve you and keep your matter out of court. Thank you for trusting me and my firm with this responsibility. Keep in touch, and I can't wait to hear about what's next for you. Sincerely, Van
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Posted by Brian | June 23, 2015
The Team I Needed for a Tough Decision
I appreciate everything this firm has done for me throughout this difficult time and have been extremely happy with the professionalism and courtesy that were extended to both myself and my wife during the deliberations. My career requires the highest levels of customer service so I am very particular about the businesses and associations I have based simply on how they treat their clientele. I chose this firm because of the level of customer service that I perceived in Van's reviews and the fact that he actually takes the time to read them and respond. I read hundreds of reviews of different lawyers and usually the only response was to defend themselves and try to discredit the source, but not Van. His responses show the passion he has for his career and his clients. I was thoroughly impressed by everyone that I spoke with in the firm and they far exceeded my expectations. During the initial consultation he brought in an associate attorney (at no charge to me) to consult with me as well based on my specific situation. They were not pushy or judgmental in any way and we talked well past the hour that was allotted for me (again at no extra cost). I felt very "listened too" and understood every time I spoke with them. Fortunately my wife and I decided to work on fixing things before moving on to the D word. Their counsel and help were exactly what I needed and provided the assurance that if things didn't work they would take care of whatever I needed. To the other reviews that mention being charged repeatedly, I can only speak to my experience but I can't count the times that I talked with Van or another attorney at absolutely no cost simply because they wanted to check in on me. They are always willing to work out a payment solution so don't feel embarrassed if you need to ask for their help in figuring it out or a little more time until that next paycheck comes (I personally had to do so and was amazed at the understanding response I received). I will be sure to recommend them to anyone I know that may need their services and will be back if I should ever need too.
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Response from H. Van Smith June 28, 2015
Integrity, for me, is guiding our firm's clients to their best life. It means being honest about the strengths and weaknesses of cases and situations, but it also means giving people a safe place to think, to ponder, about their life and the direction it is headed. In these quiet moments, the practice of law for me transitions over into the realm of a calling, a ministry of sorts. I'm honored to be an attorney; it is extremely humbling to be placed in that moment with people each week. You are a tremendous person, and we are grateful you chose our firm. Our very best to you---Van
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 195-359 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney & Owner
  • Smith Strong, PLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Sevila, Saunders, Huddleston & White
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Program & Development Manager
  • University of Virginia Foundation
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Associate Attorney
  • Williams Mullen
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Policy Advisor
  • Department Of Defense
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Intern
  • McGuire Woods Consulting
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Intern
  • United States Senate
  • 2001 - 2001
  • Director of Public Outreach (promoted from intern to Director)
  • The College Of William & Mary
  • 2000 - 2003
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Education

  • William & Mary Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • College of William and Mary
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Associations

  • Lawyers with Purpose
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Historic Richmond Foundation
  • Quoit Club
  • 2012 - Present
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Family Law Section
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member, Family Law & Law Practice Management Sections
  • 2008 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member, Family Law Section & Litigation Section
  • 2008 - Present
  • Chesterfield County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Loudoun County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2012
  • George Wythe Society of Citizen Lawyers
  • Former President
  • 2005 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Awards

  • Top 3 Divorce Lawyers, Richmond VA
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2018
  • Virginia's Legal Elite
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Top 3 Divorce Lawyers in Richmond, Virginia
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Virginia's Legal Elite
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • "10 Best" Attorneys for Virginia
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Reader's Choice, Lawyer Nomination
  • Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2014
  • Client Satisfaction Award
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Client Satisfaction Award
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Most Likely to Become Law School Dean
  • William and Mary School of Law, Class of 2007
  • 2007
  • Honorary Iraqi Firefighter
  • Iraqi Ministry of Interior, Civil Defense Fire & Emergency Service
  • 2004
  • The Benjamin Stoddert Ewell Award
  • College of William and Mary
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Estate Planning
  • Two Phases of Estate Planning: A Secure Retirement & Avoiding Going Broke in the Nursing Home
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (29)
Given (32)
Endorse H.
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Smith has a sterling reputation in the Richmond legal community - a distinction he has earned through tireless and expert representation of his clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Horace Smith. Competent, experienced, and hard working attorney with a proven track record of success."
Family Attorney | Nov 24
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Family Attorney | Nov 20
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Family Attorney | Nov 20
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Family Attorney | Nov 17
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Family Attorney | Nov 17
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 11
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Family Attorney | Oct 16
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 29
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Family Attorney | Sep 22
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Family Attorney | Sep 11
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Child custody Attorney | Aug 19
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Richmond Divorce and separation Lawyer H. Van Smith
H. Van Smith
Divorce and separation Attorney
Richmond, VA
Licensed for 14 years