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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 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 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 anonymous
I first reached out to Van Smith a day after being served a notice for spousal support for 70% of my income. Scarred and worried, I found Mr. Smith on the internet and was encouraged by his specialization in divorce. He met with me outside of regular hours and while on vacation (over the holidays) making a special trip to Williamsburg just to meet with me. His office was very upfront with the purpose of the initial visit and cost (a one hour consultation) with no obligation. Mr. Smith called me himself to provide directions and confirm. After the hour, I hired him on the spot.
Since I have been working with him, I have received invoices at the agreed upon schedule. I go over them with a fine tooth comb and have not found any discrepancies yet. His staff has been upfront and honest and allowed me to complete work on my own to cut cost. His paralegal provides most of the information gathering for discovery, which is good because she is cheaper.
Mr. Smith makes it clear that he meets with his entire team every week to go over the case and make sure everything is on track. After this meeting, I often get calls for clarification and other information. It is helpful to know that at least once a week, everyone is on the same page. He provided me with his direct contact info and has answered every question the day of being asked. His staff is very responsive as well and I have never had to leave a message.
I have been to court once with Mr. Smith. It was clear that his experience has taught him very effective strategy. He was anticipating the opposing attorney's underhanded move to obtain temporary support without a formal hearing. He was able to squash this, and demonstrated that he expected this all along. My first hearing was a clear victory. After the hearing, he sat down with me one on one in the courthouse to move on to the next step.
I will say that he is personally involved in my very complicated case and has made an effort to understand all the intricate details. I have not had any abnormalities in my invoices, and I've looked. I work a lot with the paralegal, but just on information gathering. Strategy and court appearances have all been handled by Mr. Smith himself. At this point, I have no regrets in hiring him and would repeat in a heartbeat. My only regret is not hiring him sooner.
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