H. Van Smith
Divorce and separation Attorney at Richmond, VA
also known as Horace Van Smith, Van Smith
Licensed for 14 years
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
Juvenile & Domestic Relations-Related Criminal Defense Representation
Personal, Skilled Representation of Political Consulting Firms, Elected Officials, Public Servants & Professional Athletes
Premier Trust & Estate Planning Counsel
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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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.