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Victoria J. Smith

Family Attorney at Grandville, MI

5.0   25 reviews

also known as Victoria J. Drake

  • Licensed for 10 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Victoria

Learn Victoria’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Family
    82%
    Divorce, Custody and Support matters (pre and post judgment).

    10 years

  2. Mediation
    15%

    10 years

  3. Criminal defense
    3%

    7 years

As the oldest of five children with parents who went through a lengthy, contentious divorce, I developed an interest in family law. I started out my education with a Bachelors in Psychology with minors in Sociology, Education, and Marketing. Upon reaching graduation, I decided that I wanted to pursue law. My friends and family always came to me with their problems, and I seemed to have a knack for helping them resolve said problems.

I attended law school and became involved with The Student Ambassadors (with the Admissions office), Alternative Dispute Resolution Club, and the Student Bar Association (Transfer/LLM Chair). I graduated Cum Laude and moved to Michigan to start my practice.

My goal as an attorney is to help individuals in the community obtain legal assistance at an affordable rate. I believe in keeping the client informed and making the legal process as stress-free and painless as possible. I pride myself on my ability to communicate with my clients in a timely manner and I welcome feedback from my clients to improve my practice.

Another interest of mine is mediation. It provides clients an opportunity to have more say in the outcome of their case(s) and promotes effective communication between the parties. I hope to make mediation a big part of my practice and offer my services to attorneys and individuals within the community.

Location

Bolhouse, Hofstee & McLean P.C.
3996 Chicago Drive SW
Grandville, MI, 49418

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Stacy | April 30, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and professional
Absolutely love Victoria. She is great at communicating and helping you understand not only the process you are going through but what you could be up against. Her billing is broken down and explained well, so you know where your money is going. She doesn’t make you feel stupid for asking questions. Her advice both in and out of court is worth every penny! For nearly 4yrs she has been my representation.
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Posted by Heidi | November 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Terrific!
Victoria Drake was my lawyer and guided me through a very difficult divorce. She was very thorough, diligent and helpful. The communication was always clear and timely. She was fair and transparent in her billing. highly recommend her.
Posted by Hayley | August 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Medical and school decision
Victoria is absolutely great! She responded back to my emails almost immediately or as soon as she had a moment. She gave me great advice during my case and after it was finished, and helped me feel at ease. She could see right through my opposing party and presented my side better than I planned. If I need an attorney again I will definitely be hiring her again.
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Posted by Brenda | February 11, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Just AWESOME!
Victoria is very knowledgeable, personable and just plain AWESOME! She represented me in a very complicated case that has since taken blossomed into another avenue. Although she is not needed at the moment, I hope she will be available when I do need her. Highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knows the system and helped me navigate it
Ms. Smith helped me with an OWI charge and helped me navigate a system that often felt designed to confuse. Here are a couple of examples. She petitioned the court for all the evidence. I had naively assumed that the police report I had obtained was complete, but we got a police report that was much more detailed than what was available to me. Without Ms. Smith I would have been going into my case blind. Ms. Smith also understood that being proactive in obtaining an assessment and treatment was an important part of my defense. She pointed me in the direction of the appropriate resources and worked with me to resolve my case in a reasonable time frame. She responded promptly to emails and listened to ideas that I had. Overall, she made a bad experience (of my own making) bearable.
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2018
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Review for attorney
That is awesome attorney who did great job for my case. I really greatly appreciate what she did. I would recommend her for every my friend who need attorney help.
Posted by Cynthia | March 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lawyer
Attorney Smith adequately defended my custody rights and prevailed: from 50-50 to 100% legal and physical custody of my children. My contentious divorce did not intimidate her and her strategy to adhere to best interest factors was crucial. Highly recommend her services to you.
Posted by Amanda | June 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Victoria was always respectful and helpful with answering my concerns and questions. Always got back to me when I needed her the most as well. I highly recommend her!!
Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Personal, and Prompt
Through my divorce and custody battle, Victoria helped me to stay grounded and make reasonable decisions I was comfortable with. She was great to work with and I would recommend her to others.
Posted by Brandee | June 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring courteous and a shark all in one!
Victoria has been my lawyer for a year! She has assisted and guided me through custody and any additional family matters! Her attentiveness and assertiveness is far beyond anyone's services I've had! She is honest caring and keeps things as simple as they can be! Which creates an inviting feeling for such chaotic times! She helps keep me at peace knowing my matters are being taken care of with the highest priorities !
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Posted by Casey | March 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely knowledgeable attorney
I hired Victoria Smith for her assistance with my divorce. I came to her terrified and nervous and from our first meeting she put me at ease. Victoria always kept me up to speed on the progress of my case and was incredibly patient with me though all of my questions and concerns. When scheduling conflicts made it impossible to make it to my court date to gain possession of my marital home, Victoria fought for me and got me everything I asked for. She was a rock for me throughout the process and I am forever grateful for her services. I wouldn't hesitate to hire her again for any future legal advice.
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Posted by katrina | February 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very pleased with her!!
She got done what she was hired to do. I hired a attorney before I found Victoria that didn't get the work done . I'm so happy I found Victoria. In a way she's a lot like a bulldog. I was very happy with that she did for me.
Posted by Erica | August 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My experience with Victoria
I highly recommend Victoria and her practice as a whole. I found myself in a terribly unfortunate legal situation and didn't know where to turn. I needed someone extremely competent, experienced and knowledgeable that was willing to be realistic and forthcoming with me and also willing to go the extra mile to fight for me and my family. Her firm offers legal services and payment plans that are more accessible and tailored to each individual client and their needs. It's the future of legal representation and I highly recommend it. I highly recommend Victoria.
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Posted by Dan | April 18, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Exceeded expectations!
What was one of the worse times of my life, Victoria made simple and painless as possible. I needed to divorce my wife, and my second thought (aside from the obvious heartbreak, was, "how am I going to accomplish this, legally?). I have never been through this before and had no clue as to what paperwork to file and which way was up. Victoria drafted all the paperwork, also submitting it to the court. Working with her, everything was easy, done properly and efficiently. I'm now divorced with the second to none assistance from Victoria and the OWL Resource Group. With my head in every which way, Victoria made sure all the legal stuff happened and in a timely manner. Including answering my calls and pointing me in the right direction in regards to when to be where and what to expect. Victoria succeeded admirably. I can't say enough good things about her professionalism, courtesy and commitment to handling my case, when I know I would have been frustrated with myself if I was in her position. Thank you. Victoria and the OWL Resource Group I HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Fantastic experience under such circumstances.
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Posted by Jessica | January 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Right place, right time
She was there from day one she has been there from the moment I met her. When we first spoke I had a court date already in place the following week, ironically she was able to attend and assist. She definitely made me feel very comfortable when we discussed the issues at hand. Also, handled herself very well in court might I add! Definitely recommend her!!
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Posted by Amber | December 30, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Victoria Smith
Victoria was very helpful and understanding during my time of frustration and hurt. She answered a ton of questions in a timely manner. I would refer her to anyone who is going through a divorce or thinking about a divorce.
Posted by Amanda | October 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Victoria Smith provided great customer service during a difficult time of divorce. She kept me informed of details needed to make wise decisions & was patient with all my questions about the best plan of action. I'd recommend her for any of your legal needs
Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
could not have asked for a better lawyer
Went thru an awful divorce. Victoria was there for me for everything. All legal issues, as well as the emotional things. Stood up for me in mediation, made me feel comfortable, really fought for me. I would recommend her for anything.
Posted by Leanne | September 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A great experience
During this emotional process, I felt very satisfied and comfortable with Victoria. She guided me through beautifully as this was my first experience getting divorced and hopefully my last. She communicated well, was patient and compassionate. She was a voice of reason during this tough time. She is a good listener and presented options. I was impressed by her attention to detail and ambition in making sure the process kept moving forward. I would choose Victoria again now having been through this. I had not known her before but I'm writing a review because I didn't know who to choose to help me. I had hoped to choose someone just like her and I couldn't have been more pleased with my choice. Thank you Victoria!
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Posted by Melanie | September 17, 2015
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Landlord/tenant
Victoria is knowledgable in the Michigan Landlord/ tenant laws. In all my Landlord/tenant cases, she has been quick to respond and communicates any necessary information as well as procedures I am responsible for. She has made it a point to understand all of my cases in full detail so that she can represent me to the best of her ability. She has become an attorney I can depend on to get the job done at a reasonable price. I recommend Victoria Smith for any Landlord/tenant needs.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Bolhouse, Hofstee & McLean, P.C.
  • 2019 - Present
  • Contract Attorney
  • OPEN Legal Services of West Michigan
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Victoria J. Smith, PLLC
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • The OWL Resource Group d/b/a OWL Legal Services
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • DAWN Legal Services
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Law Clerk/Paralegal
  • Andrew Hilton Attorneys
  • 2011 - 2012
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Education

  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008

Associations

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Alternate Dispute Resolution Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Grand Rapids Young Lawyers Section
  • Board Member - Community Outreach
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Habitat for Humanity Young Professionals
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40 Family Lawyers in the State of Michigan
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (7)
Endorse Victoria
Family Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Victoria since we were in law school together. She is detail-oriented and a great communicator. I know that Victoria takes a personal interest in all of her cases and uses that as her motivation to ensure the best outcome for the client. I highly recommend Victoria."
Family Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Victoria J. Smith is a great family law attorney. I had the distinct pleasure of seeing her legal expertise in action and I would not hesitate to recommend this lawyer to any client in need."
Family Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of working with Victoria on several cases. Victoria is professional, trustworthy, and courteous to her colleagues. Victoria treats her clients with respect and dignity, and is willing to go the extra mile for them. Victoria is an attorney who can think outside the box, to generate alternative resolutions to litigation. I would recommend Victoria without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Victoria is on top of her work, hard-working, and a genuinely great person!"
Family Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Victoria and I worked together on several occasions in the past. I can only say that she is diligent, committed and a shrewd negotiator. I recommend her without reservation."
Family Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Victoria is a passionate and honest person. She looks out for the best interest of her clients and is always readily available."
Family Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Victoria is very energetic and hard-working on her cases. She takes her role of representing her clients to the best of her ability very seriously and does not do anything that is not in her clients' best interests. She is also great to work with and is very helpful when I have an issue in a case that just needs to be discussed and bounced off other attorneys."
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