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John Ernest Smith

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Friendswood, TX

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John E. Smith is a native of Houston. He was raised on the near east side of Houston in below middle class circumstances. He is familiar with the pressures of financial problems and their toll on the individual and family. He attended HISD schools and graduated from Furr High School (Houston). He was able to attend Baylor University and Baylor Law School through academic scholarships and financial aid. John attempts to practice law with the compassion for financial hardships he learned in these early years. 

Academic Credentials 
John E. Smith received a B.A. cum laude from Baylor University . He later received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Baylor University School of Law. He is licensed in the State of Texas , the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas, and the Fifth Circuit Court Of Appeals. He has been certified as a specialist in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1989 

John is a member and Past President (3 terms) of the Houston Association of Debtor Attorneys. He is a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. He is also a Master and previous co-chair of the Membership Committee of the Moeller/Foltz Inns of Court, an educational and social organization for top attorneys in the field of bankruptcy law. 

He has served on the following committees in the Southern District of Texas: Local Rules, Chapter 13 Procedures, Home Mortgage Pass-Through procedures, the Consumer Bankruptcy Advisory Committee, and currently, the Local Rules Committee. 

In 2002, he coached a University of Houston team to a second place finish in the Conrad Duberstein Moot Court competition in New York. John has been a speaker at the following seminars: 2002 South Texas College of Law Bankruptcy Seminar, 2003 State Bar of Texas Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy, 2005 University of Texas Consumer Bankruptcy Seminar, and 2007 HBA Bankruptcy Seminar on the topic of Chapter 12, the 2009 National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys; as well as various local Bar associations in 2011,2012,2013, and 2014. 

He published the paper “Looking for Expenses in All the Wrong Places- A Debtor Attorney’s perspective on 707b” for the 2003 Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Seminar. 

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Licensed for 41 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1981
Updated 02/07/2023

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

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John E. Smith & Associates
907 S Friendswood Dr Ste 204
Friendswood, TX, 77546-5489


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Posted by Felicia | February 8, 2021
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Takes action - gets results!
In my dealings with John E. Smith & Associates, I found they were not just "another name in the phone book:. They are very courteous and professional and always ready to answer/explain questions you may regarding your case. Due to the pandemic, everything was handled courteously online, which was a huge help!
Posted by David | November 4, 2020
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Held our hands
John Smith and his associates reassured us and held our hands throughout a very trying time. I am very happy that I chose them to handle our case.
Posted by Mary | October 7, 2020
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Excellent team
John Smith and his team did a phenomenal job helping us through our bankruptcy. They filed everything and we were able to be discharged. They answered all of our questions promptly no matter how menial they may have been. Bankruptcy can be very stressful but they made it happen for us and we are so thankful.
Posted by Mike | October 19, 2016
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When you can't trust an Attorney!
I would give no stars if it was an option. What a horrible experience only after Mr. Smith's services were retained and paid in full. Horrible communication and in his eyes you are always in the wrong for pointing out his short comings. Clients come to him for his help and expertise and we were given very little of both. We were told when my wife went on maternity leave that everything would be handled only to find out it was not which cost us getting financing to purchase our dream home. My greatest fear is that he treats all his clients just like another Debtor.
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  • Baylor University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Certified as a Specialist in Consumer Bankruptcy Law
  • N/A


  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Hon. Arthur L. Moller/David B. Foltz, Jr. American Inn of Court
  • Master
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Houston Association of Debtor Attorneys
  • President
  • 1999 - 2003

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English


  • Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Institute
  • “Looking for Expenses in All the Wrong Places- A Debtor Attorney’s perspective on 707b”
  • 2003

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Friendswood Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer John Ernest Smith
John Ernest Smith
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Friendswood, TX
Licensed for 41 years
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