Trusted Divorce, Custody & Estate Planning Attorney from Richmond to Williamsburg, VirginiaThorough, professional representation to protect your rights as a parent--and your children.Committed to providing you peace of mind and skilled guidance in a difficult transitionLong-term client relationships built upon a solid estate plan, for you and your children.We honestly and discreetly guide families through legal challenges to long-term solutions.
|VA||Authorized to practice law||2008||02/13/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Virginia's Legal Elite||Virginia Business Magazine||2017|
|Top 40 Lawyers Under 40||American Society of Legal Advocates||2016|
|Top 3 Divorce Lawyers in Richmond, Virginia||Three Best Rated||2016|
|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|
|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|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Virginia Business Magazine||Member||2015 - Present|
|Lawyers with Purpose||Member||2015 - Present|
|American Institute of Family Law Attorneys||Member||2014 - Present|
|WealthCounsel||Member||2013 - Present|
|Richmond Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Historic Richmond Foundation||Quoit Club||2012 - Present|
|Virginia Trial Lawyers Association||Member, Family Law Section||2011 - Present|
|Virginia State Bar||Member, Family Law Section & Litigation Section||2008 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member, Family Law & Law Practice Management Sections||2008 - Present|
|Chesterfield County Bar Association||Member||2012 - 2013|
|Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce||Member||2011 - 2012|
|Loudoun County Bar Association||Member||2011 - 2012|
|George Wythe Society of Citizen Lawyers||Former President||2005 - 2007|
|Word Association Press||The Ultimate Guide to Divorce & Custody in Virginia: Quickly Get Back to Fully Living Your Life||2013|
|E-Book||The 7 Essential Steps to Divorce Planning in Virginia||2012|
|William & Mary Law School||Juris Doctor||JD - Juris Doctor||2007|
|College of William and Mary||Government & History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2003|
|Estate Planning||Two Phases of Estate Planning: A Secure Retirement & Avoiding Going Broke in the Nursing Home||2015|
|George Wythe Walking Tour & Reception||The Role of the Citizen Lawyer in Society||2006|
Posted by Jessica
Van Smith and his associates assisted me through a difficult process. Their patience and guidance as well as their understanding of the situation I was in throughout the case allowed me peace of mind. I appreciate their efforts and how they handled my case and highly recommend them to anybody looking for a reputable family law firm. Thank-you to Van and his associates!
Posted by Matseliso
I sought the legal services of attorney H. Van Smith approximately six months ago when I separated from my estranged husband. Van not only represented me in my child custody hearing; he also provided his services in a tangled web of protective order, child custody, child support, and divorce proceedings. I knew Van would be someone I could trust at/after our first meeting/consultation. While matters such as divorce and custody can be extremely stressful and sometimes cause one to lose sight of the issues at hand, Van has demonstrated that he does not and will not lose sight of what's in the best interests of his clients. His court room demeanor is knowledgable, attentive, direct, and probably best described as having the beautiful strength and effectiveness of a quiet storm. SmithStrong is also equipped with a WONDERFUL staff (Donna, Brittany, Abigail, and Stephanie)! EVERYONE is aware of your case and offers gentle guidance through the legal process. They keep their clients regularly informed of the status of their cases which proved to be especially helpful/appealing to me. Some people believe that when they seek legal services, they are retaining a lawyer. In my case (and I'm sure in the cases of Van's other clients), I gained a knowledgable TEAM of true friends, a wonderful support system, and an extended family who cares more about the interests of their clients and clients' children than lining their own pockets. Not choosing Van to represent me would have been a disservice to myself, and I'll never go with anyone else from this point forward.
Posted by Chris
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."
Van is both :)
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