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Ryan T. Smith

also known as R. Thomas Smith

About me


To read my full bio, go to  To give you the shorter summary, I'm a West Virginia native that came to Charlotte to work in the Corporate & Investment Bank, which I did for a couple years before starting the law firm.  My family also lives in Charlotte and some of them work at the firm.  

I was on Law Review and enjoyed having my article published.  Surely I was sort of a nerd during school, but I also spent most of my time on the basketball court and in the gym.  I still play basketball, although the games are less frequent.  I'm currently the Commissioner of the Mecklenburg County Lawyer Basketball League.  

I love to travel, having lived in Spain and Brazil, and having traveled to many other countries.  

During my younger days I was Charlotte's Top 30 Under 30.  In January of 2015, I was listed in the "Top Lawyers" publication by Business North Carolina.  

I'm known as the DWI Guy and I fully own it.  It's what I do.

I love competition, I love being a trial lawyer, and I wouldn't do anything else.  I'm looking forward to fighting on your behalf.  


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 80%
    9 years
  2. Guardianship: 10%
    9 years
  3. Speeding Ticket: 5%
    9 years
  4. Criminal Defense: 5%



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Mark D. Gott

    I have worked on the other side of the case from Ryan MANY times. I have always respected his legal ability, advocacy, and honesty. He has a great reputation with the court and other lawyers. I would personally refer him to a valued client if I had a conflict of interest and it was an area that Ryan practiced.


    Mark Gott Guardianship Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Howard Winfred Long II

    Ryan is a great guy and even better advocate. I tried many cases against him and can attest that he was always beyond prepared. I highly endorse Ryan.


    Howard Long Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

RTS Law Group

128 N. McDowell Street
Suite A
Charlotte, NC, 28204


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
TOP CRIMINAL LAWYER in NCBusiness North Carolina's Legal Elite:
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers / Rising Stars2016
Top LawyersBusiness North Carolina's Legal Elite2015
Top 30 Under 30Elevate Lifestyle - Charlotte2010
Clinical Law Program MemberWest Virginia University College of Law2006
Law ReviewWest Virginia University College of Law2006
Associate EditorLaw Review - West Virginia University2006
CertifiedLexisNexis & Westlaw2004
President's Honor RollMarshall University, Lewis College of Business2003
Dean's ListMarshall University, Lewis College of Business2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyRTS Law Group2009 - Present
AssociateWachovia - Corporate & Investment Banking2008 - 2009
Law ClerkMacCorkle Lavender, PLLC2006 - 2006
Clinical Law ProgramWest Virginia University College Of Law2006 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeMember2014 - Present
Mecklenburg County Bar Lawyer Basketball LeagueCommissioner2012 - Present
Western District of North Carolina (Federal Court)Member2009 - Present
Mecklenburg County Bar Young Lawyer DivisionMember2009 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
West Virginia Alumni AssociationMember2007 - Present
YMCAMember2007 - Present
Marshall University Alumni AssociationMember2003 - Present
QC HoopsSponsor/Coach2011 - 2014
West Virginia Law ReviewAssociate Editor2006 - 2007
Sports Law SocietyMember2006 - 2006
Business and Politics Summer Abroad Program in BrazilMember2006 - 2006
Mediterranean Legal Studies Summer Abroad program in EuropeMember2005 - 2005
Trial AdvocacyMember2004 - 2005
American Marketing AssociationVice President2003 - 2003
Phi Eta SigmaMember2003 - 2003
Beta Gamma SigmaMember2003 - 2003
Alpha Kappa PsiMember2001 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Superior Court DWI AppealDismissed the DWI Charge
Court Finds No Probable CauseCase Dismissed by Court
Court Finds No Reasonable SuspicionDismissed charge
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Publication nameTitleDate
West Virginia Law Review“Bulls Eye”: How Public Universities in West Virginia Can Creatively Comply with Title IX without the Targeted Elimination of Men’s Sports Teams2008
Albany Law Journal of Science and TechnologyCounterfeit Drugs: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
West Virginia University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Marshall UniversityN/ABBA - Bachelor of Business Administration2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Panther's Greg Hardy (NFL)Greg Hardy (NFL) - Assault Trial2015
MidtownState of the Union2015
Lawyer Basketball League - MCBChampionship Game2015
360 View - Charlotte Legal WorldConnections For The Future2015
Ten ParkCurrent Events, From A Defense Perspective2014
Sports Law SocietyLawyer League Basketball & Softball2014
Round-Table of AttorneysReflection2014
Lawyer Basketball League - MCBChampionship Game2014
Courthouse Basketball ShowdownProsecution vs. Defense2014
Cinco de MayoLife & Times III2014
Charlotte Lawyer ConferenceRetirement Farewell2014
Attorney Continuing Legal EducationDWI/DUI Laws2014
TradeMark RooftopWelcoming2013
Lawyer Basketball League - MCBChampionship Game2013
Friends of Friends - Manchin, Inc.Making Connections2013
Cinco de MayoLife & Times II2013
Lawyer Basketball League - MCBChampionship Game2012
Cinco de MayoLife & Times2012
Professional Round-TableSteps for the Future2011
Christmas in July - D&SChristmas in July2011
Real Estate 101 - SunTrust BankReal Estate2010
Wills For HeroesWriting Wills - Pro Bono2009
WEF - Corporate & Investment BankDeal Partners - Equipment Finance2008
Sales Conference360 Viewpoint2004
Resident AdvisorNew Residents2001
Resident AdvisorNew Residents2000