Jay Smith began practicing law in 2004, and has devoted his practice to exclusively family law. Jay graduated summa cum laude from Oklahoma State University in 2001, with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. He attended Baylor University School of Law from 2002 – 2004. Baylor is known for its superior trial training program, which has been called the “Marine Corps of law schools” by the Princeton Review, and was recently ranked as one of the six best law schools for litigation practice by U.S. News and World Report.
Among Jay’s achievements at Baylor was the award for best legal brief in the Dawson & Sodd Moot Court Competition, and recognition as one of the top 10 speakers out of more than 100 contestants in the school-wide competition. Jay was inducted into prestigious Order of the Barristers for these accomplishments.
Jay began his legal career in Dallas, Texas, working for a firm that specialized in commercial construction litigation. In 2005, Jay moved to the Austin area to work for Akins, Nowlin & Prewitt, LLP, where he began practicing family litigation. Since that time, Jay has been involved in handling hundreds of family law matters.
As a family law attorney, Jay believes that resolving cases amicably and without the need for court intervention is always preferable, but with plenty of courtroom experience, Jay is well-equipped to take a case to trial. Jay handles cases in both Williamson and Travis counties.
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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2004||11/19/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Legal Brief, Dawson & Sodd Moot Court Competition||Baylor University School of Law||2002|
|Private Practitioner||Law Office of Jay D. Smith||2009 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Akins, Nowlin and Prewitt||2005 - 2009|
|Associate Attorney||Griffith, Nixon, and Davison||2004 - 2005|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Williamson County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Austin Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of Texas||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Austin Young Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Baylor University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2004|
|Oklahoma State University, Stillwater||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2001|
|University of Texas||Conflict Resolution||N/A|