Skip to main content

Thomas Shane Smith

Divorce and separation Attorney at Homewood, AL

5.0   16 reviews

also known as T. Shane Smith, Shane Smith

  • Licensed for 17 years
    State AL
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Occupational License - Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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

About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%
    Complex matrimonial matters, including those with personal or business assets, custody disputes, domestic violence, post-divorce modification and contempt, and paternity components.

    17 years

  2. Uncontested divorce
    20%

  3. Child custody
    10%

  4. Child support
    10%

  5. Family
    10%
    Matters involving paternity, protection from abuse, and child support enforcement and modification.

    17 years

Shane Smith received his B.A. In Psychology from a Auburn University in 1998, his M.S. in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2002, and his J.D. from Birmingham School of a Law in 2006.    Mr. Smith's practice is devoted to divorce and family law and to assisting and representing individuals in complex matrimonial matters, including those with personal or business assets and custody disputes. Formerly a staff attorney with Legal Services Alabama and an attorney in private practice, Mr. Smith has 10 years of experience in domestic relations, domestic abuse, Protection from Abuse, child custody, and paternity and child support issues.  Mr. Smith also handles criminal and complex civil litigation arising from matrimonial matters and has received extensive training as a mediator and as a parenting coordinator. 
 

Location

Thomas Shane Smith
3000 Crescent Avenue
Homewood, AL, 35209

Divorce lawyers nearby

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
5 Star
 
100%
4 Star
 
0%
3 Star
 
0%
2 Star
 
0%
1 Star
 
0%
Posted by Cassie | July 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Representation!
I was two years into my divorce when Shane willingly agreed to take my case. It was an extremely continuous divorce and to make matters worse my custody had been taken away based on a series of lies. I couldn’t get s foot hold in the court system. Not only was Shane able to make progress in my case he was able to dispel the lies and gave me confidence when everyone else in the court system was telling me I didn’t matter. I now have primary custody of my children and finally after 3.5 years a divorce. Shane is methodical in his approach and never once had to lie about the other party to get a “fair” hearing. Thank you Shane and Dennis.!!! There are no words to express my Appreciation!!!!
Read less
Posted by Tina | May 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The absolute best!
Shane and Dennis were wonderful! They both put my mind at ease from the very first phone call, and went above and beyond to make this as easy and painless as possible. There is no one better!
Posted by Jamie | September 15, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Exceeded my expectations
Mr. Smith is an excellent attorney. He responded to my needs quickly and gave helpful and well informed advice. When I needed him to communicate on my behalf he expertly met my needs while also being my advocate. Shane Smith was the attorney I needed, when I needed him, and exceeded my expectations.
Posted by Mackenzie | September 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kind, Respectful, and EXCELLENT at his job!
I honestly do not know where to begin with Mr. Shane Smith and his paralegal Mr. Dennis Hodtwalker. Upon calling attorneys to setup an initial appointment, I shopped around, but was given a run around with everyone I talked to and treated like a chore, not a client. Mr. Hodtwalker upon our first conversation showed genuine concern for my well being, pending separation, and doing whatever they could to get me representation for my divorce ASAP. The small things mattered to me before coming into my first meeting,including calling to check that I was ok, and if I needed anything before my first appointment. Not only is Mr. Smith a phenomenal attorney he is a shark. He knows his trade! My divorce was quickly handled, and settled out of court with me receiving more than I was initially asking for. Mr. Smith always had my best interest at heart, and didn't lead me on, make false promises, and always told me matter of fact what my options were and what we could accomplish. Shane and Dennis give you 5 star service before you are even a client, which says a lot about their character and business practices. Then you are treated like a human being, not a client. No calls, emails, or concern of mine ever went unanswered. The one thing I will always remember is Shane telling me you have enough in life to worry about, let me worry about your divorce and dealing with your ex. You don't have to worry about that anymore. Thank you BOTH for all the hard work, dedication, and being wonderful people!
Read less
Posted by Larry | March 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent divorce attorney
Hired Shane Smith and his team to represent me in a divorce that had the potential to be very difficult long and drawn out. The end result was a fair divorce and settled in as timely a manner that could be expected. Shane and Dennis, his paralegal, work very effectively together , communicate well with their clients, and have a calming effect during trying times. I highly recommend Shane Smith. Look no further for a good divorce attorney.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Divorce Attorney
Mr. Smith was recommended to me thru a family member who was a friend. I had just discovered that I was in dire need of a very good divorce attorney, one that not only was knowledgeable of the law, but one who would have knowledge of dealing with abuse and a narcissistic personality. He was extremely professional, straightforward and positive. He told me what to expect and was available for me during the process. I could not have been more pleased with his ability and sense of judgement. I would highly recommend Mr. Smith for any legal advice.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super lawyer...T Shane Smith
I employed Mr Shane Smith by searching google, "best divorce/custody lawyers in birmingham" Shane was in the top 2! He definitely lived up to his title of being one of the best. I would highly recommend Mr Shane Smith as a Family lawyer. His knowledge and counseling far surpassed any other family/divorce lawyer that I consulted with or had previously hired. Basically I told him what I wanted, and he made it happen. As a super needy client, Shane was always there to guide me along the way, he really seemed to care about me and my family as people and not just his client. He helped get the best possible outcome, based out the circumstances we were facing. "Amazing" is an understatement when describing Mr Smith.
Read less
Posted by Allen | February 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly professional
Shane Smith has been extremely helpful to me and my family with two different situations. He is extremely knowledgeable and supportive. He is very patient and understanding with difficult and emotional circumstances.
Posted by Heather | December 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Head and shoulders above the rest!
Shane was referred to me in 2014 by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an attorney who is supportive of marginalized communities; for me it is the LGBT community. My experience in court with child custody issues had been heavily weighted against me and I knew I needed to move away from the hometown attorneys and find someone who was a high profile attorney and could fight against the prejudices that my marriage faced in the south. I struggled because I couldn't find an attorney that had the gusto to fight the opposing counsel. When I found Shane, everything changed. He had that fire in his belly that I had not seen before in an attorney who was representing me. He was ALWAYS honest and professional. His integrity ranks at the very top. There was never a time where he came close to any ethical or moral lines. I always felt comfortable with Shane and the dialogue between us was honest and productive. Shane represented me in two separate cases and both outcomes were positive and in the best interest of my son. I never felt like my same sex marriage was a consideration in the ruling and it was because of how Shane fought for me. My family is together today because of Shane and there is no price that you can put on that.
Read less
Posted by Jeremy | December 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cool, Calm, and Collected
I came to Mr. Smith after moving to Alabama and still trying to finish up a separation/divorce that began in another state. In my initial consultation, I was nervous, stressed, and overwhelmed, but Mr. Smith brought a palpable sense of relief; we even laughed a time or two. What was supposed to be an easy and uncontested divorce dragged out longer than expected due to the other party. Throughout the entire process, Smith was patient and kept in more than satisfactory communication with me to obtain an expedient resolution. I would not only suggest Mr. Smith for his authenticity and professionalism, but also because he is strong, scrupulous, and just. I would also add that Mr. Smith is aided by a truly consummate paralegal. It was obvious to me that this team is a valuable one, and one that I would highly recommend to anyone.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced, calm and focused divorce lawyer.
There is nothing pleasant about divorce, so the attorney representing you should be competent, knowledgeable, unrelenting, kind and a good communicator. Shane is all those things, is quick on his feet and has an appropriate sense of humor. I highly recommend him to anyone going through this challenging time. I trust Shane completely and know that he represented my interests, and the interests of my children, at all times during the year-long process. Because of his background in psychology, Shane understood what the children were going through and how the decisions being made would affect them. He used that understanding to help guide the process. He is a fierce advocate and took the time to understand my goals and fight on my behalf so I did not have to. Shane is also very responsive and has great judgment. He got me through the long ordeal in as positive a manner as possible. Shane impressed me by doing everything he said he would do, when he said it would be done, and always kept me "in the loop". Shane did a great job of keeping the case focused, even during situations that could have been blown out of proportion. In that way, he never tried to overwork the case to earn more; he was very fair with billing. Not only is Shane a fantastic attorney, he is also an impressive person with outstanding morals and takes his ethical obligations very seriously. While I would never want to go through a divorce again, if I did I would not hesitate to call Shane. I highly recommend him as an experienced, knowledgeable, kind, and rational attorney.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2014
An invaluable resource throughout my divorce
Shane was great about explaining the process and keeping me up to date with how things were progressing. He was extremely helpful with any problems I had throughtout the process and answered all of my questions in a knowledgable and straightforward manner. He proved himself to be trustworthy and an invaluable resource during such an overwhelming time.
Read less
Posted by The Durhams | August 14, 2014
Absolute phenomenal lawyer
Shane was absolutely phenomenal. He remained involved from the beginning and always kept us informed about what exactly was going on in our case. He took time to understand our situation in detail and truly listened to our wants and concerns. He made us feel as though we were close friends and he wanted the absolute best for me and my family. I completely believe our victory in court was 100% due to us hiring him as our lawyer.
Read less
Posted by Hal | September 30, 2013
Shane is the essential ingredient in child custody matters.
Shane was the essential ingredient in the performance of my child custody case. He effortlessly navigated through my highly complex, sensitive, and volatile case with a granular focus on the legal details necessary. The results were both measurable and effective. His methodical work ethic coupled with immense probing, and investigatory skills secured my case and alleviated as much stress as was possible during a tremendously trying time.
Read less
Posted by Susan | September 22, 2013
Excellent attorney for a divorce or custody case
Mr. Smith did an excellent job. He was very knowledgeable and gave me sound advice. He is tough but fair and got me the judgment that I wanted. He was a calming presence during a very stressful stage in my life and I am grateful to have had him represent me. I would recommend him to anyone in need of a lawyer to represent them in a divorce or custody case.
Read less
Posted by Jason | September 21, 2013
Outstanding Integrity
As a law enforcement officer I have worked with numerous attorneys in a variety of cases ranging from criminal to civil. I've seen firsthand what an attorney without a conscience is capable of. A few years ago, I was forced into a legal battle of my own. I obtained the services of Mr. Smith to represent me in the most important case of my life. Mr. Smith's knowledge of family law and his integrity while practicing that law is nothing short of amazing. I was most impressed that he did not accept my narrative as the truth until he had confirmed it through the means that he had available. Mr. Smith made it clear that while he represented me, the child involved was what was most important. I have no reservations about recommending Mr. Smith to anyone.
Read less
View less reviews

Cost

We have not found any cost information for this lawyer

Contact for Details

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • Steel City Law Firm, LLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Lloyd & Hogan, P.C.
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • White Arnold & Dowd P.C.
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Legal Services Alabama
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Clinical Coordinator
  • Birmingham Neuropsychology
  • 2003 - 2008
View all work experience

Education

  • Birmingham School of Law (Birmingham, AL)
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • Masters
  • 2002
  • Auburn University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Associations

  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Alabama State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Secretary
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Alabama State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Director
  • 2012 - 2013
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Hunstville, Alabama Roadshow CLE
  • Family Law Section
  • 2013
  • Divorce on the Beach
  • Domestic Violence
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (37)
Endorse Thomas
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Shane. He is very talented attorney and takes great care of his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He's well respected in the field."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Shane is well liked and respected which gives him a great advantage in resolving contentious cases."
Family Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Thomas. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Shane is a fine attorney, I endorse him."
Family Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Shane is a pleasure to work with as opposing counsel. He is knowledgeable about family law and works hard to obtain a good result for his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One great lawyer! He exhibits all of the qualities one would expect from their divorce lawyer. He is honest, friendly & trustworthy. You will not be disappointed if you hire him to represent you. I highly recommend him for representation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shane is an excellent attorney with a strong reputation in our legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Thomas "Shane" Smith in the area of Divorce and Family Law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
View more endorsements
DUI and DWI
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Criminal defense
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Bankruptcy and debt
Divorce and separation
Criminal defense
Divorce and separation
Homewood Divorce and separation Lawyer Thomas Shane Smith
Thomas Shane Smith
Divorce and separation Attorney
Homewood, AL
Licensed for 17 years