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Charles R Smith

Business Attorney at Tucson, AZ

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Charles R. Smith was admitted to the practice of law in 1987 and has since that time sought to provide sound advice and quality representation to his clientele. Among his goals is to put the interest of the client first and to empower the client with valuable and relevant information whenever possible.

Charles spent his primary youth in the city of his birth, Winona, Minnesota. Following a family move, he attended high school in Amarillo, Texas and began his college education at West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas. Charles married his high school sweetheart, Carol, in 1980 and they relocated to Oklahoma for Charles to work in a family apple and peach orchard operation while he attended East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. In 1983, Charles graduated with high honors from East Central University, majoring in accounting. Following graduation, Charles and Carol relocated to Tucson, Arizona in order for Carol to be closer to her family while Charles studied law. Charles attended the University of Arizona College of Law where he obtained a Juris Doctor in 1986. After working for two medium size law firms and having two young children, Charles opened his doors as a sole practitioner in 1991.

Charles is a member of the Pima County Bar Association, the State Bar of Arizona, and the American Bar Association. Charles is admitted to practice law in the courts of Arizona, the United States District Court in and for the District of Arizona, the United States Bankruptcy Court in and for the District of Arizona, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Tax Court. Charles is additionally authorized to represent clients before the Internal Revenue Service.

Charles has received many honors and accolades during his education and throughout his career. Charles was honored with the distinguished graduate award from East Central University, a bar service award, and an outstanding pro bono attorney award from the Pima County Bar Association. Charles is also a life member in the National Registry of Who’s Who. In 2018, Charles received the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who's Who.

Charles has previously served as a treasurer and one of the directors of the Young Lawyers Division of the Pima County Bar Association, as well as an active participant on the Membership and Membership Benefits committees of the Pima County Bar Association. Charles also served as a member of the State Bar of Arizona committee on Rules of Professional Responsibility and is a member of multiple sections of the State Bar and American Bar associations. For many years, Charles was a member of the Southern Arizona Legal Aid Bankruptcy Task Force and continues to this day as a volunteer lawyer for Southern Arizona Legal Aid. Charles also serves on the editorial board of The Writ, the official newsletter of the Pima County Bar Association.

In 2015, Charles was selected by the Phoenix Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to attend the FBI Citizens Academy. The FBI Citizens Academy curriculum focuses on federal law enforcement issues and challenges. Each graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy is eligible for participation in the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association. Following graduation, Charles joined the FBI Phoenix Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBIPCAAA) as a life member. The FBIPCAAA is a community-based and supported organization, associated with, but not part of the FBI, designed to promote a safer community through community service projects and a process of educating business, labor, media, medical, minority, religious, government, senior citizens, and other community leaders about law enforcement, with particular emphasis on the mission and resources of the FBI. In July 2016, Charles was elected as a director for the FBIPCAAA, and in June 2017 Charles was named as a Vice President of the FBIPCAAA. In August 2017, he was designated as Vice President of Operations, and in March 2018 began service as General Counsel Committee for the FBIPCAAA. Charles is pleased to be continuing his community service in support of the FBIPCAAA as well as in furtherance of their organizational directive to support the FBI's community outreach program.

In December 2017, Charles was selected as a member of the General Counsel Committee for the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBINCAAA). Charles additionally serves in an advisory capacity on the FBINCAAA Board of Directors. The FBINCAAA and each of the local FBICAAA chapters are private, non-profit corporations, associated with, but not part of the FBI. Their members promote safer communities through community service projects and educating business, labor, media, medical, minority, religious, government, senior citizens, and other community leaders about law enforcement, with particular emphasis on the mission and resources of the FBI.

Charles and his exceptional staff remain devoted to Charles’ goals and ideals and, in doing so, to further the interests of our clients as best we are able.

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Licensed for 35 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 1987
Updated 09/18/2022

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

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Charles R. Smith, P.L.L.C.
600 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ, 85705-7434

Reviews

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Posted by Gary | May 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding attorney
My wife and I have been clients of Charles Smith for many years. He wrote our estate plan, established our LLC and has advised us about business and tax planning. We are very pleased with his service which is timely and accurate. We highly recommend Charles Smith.
Posted by Russell | November 5, 2013
Excellent Attorney
Mr. Smith has handled estate planning documents and contracts for me for years. He is straight-forward, incredibly helpful and insightful. His knowledge is absolutely invaluable. Thank you very much for your help.
Posted by Alicia Wadas | November 2, 2013
Charles has integrity and is one of the best and brightest attorneys in AZ
Charles is one of the smartest people you'll meet. He knows the law well and is able to draw upon his experience and worldly knowledge in guiding clients. He's always answered my questions thoroughly and in a way that a non-lawyer can understand. Charles has also been able to help me see a comfortable resolution to any issue. He's also personable and is able to contribute to a conversation beyond law. Last but not least, his billing is fair and the hourly rate quite reasonable for an attorney of his experience. I have worked with Charles for most of the years he has been in practice and intend to stick with him for my business needs.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 325-325 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Charles R Smith PLLC
  • 1991 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Gabroy, Rollman & Bosse', PC
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Law Clerk / Associate Attorney
  • O'Connell & Bosse', PC
  • 1984 - 1990

Education

  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • East Central University
  • Bachelor of Science, with high honors
  • 1983
  • West Texas State University
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • LLC Formation
  • LLC successfully formed next day
  • Creation of Living Trust
  • Client happy and given peace of mind.
  • Property Owner versus Lien Claimant
  • The wrongful lien was removed from title by Court Order
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Associations

  • FBI Phoenix Citizens Academy Alumni Association
  • Life Member, and Member of Board of Directors
  • 2016 - Present
  • Pima County Bar Association
  • Member of Editorial Board of The Writ
  • 2016 - Present
  • Southern Arizona Legal Aid
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 1994 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 1987 - Present
  • Pima County Bar Association
  • 1987 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • 1987 - Present
  • East Central Lawyers Alumni
  • 1983 - Present
  • Alpha Chi national honor society
  • 1982 - Present
  • Pi Gamma Mu, International Social Science Honor Society
  • 1982 - Present
  • FBI Phoenix Citizens Academy Alumni Association
  • General Counsel
  • 2018 - 2019
  • FBI Phoenix Citizens Academy Alumni Association
  • Vice President of Operations
  • 2017 - 2019
  • FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association
  • General Counsel
  • 2017 - 2021
  • Southern Arizona Legal Aid Bankruptcy Task Force
  • Member
  • 1994 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBINCAAA)
  • 2020
  • 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Marquis Who’s Who
  • 2018
  • Member
  • Marquis Who's Who in the World
  • 2017
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Superb Rating
  • Avvo.com
  • 2014
  • BV Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Excellent Rating
  • Avvo.com
  • 2013
  • Honoree
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2004
  • Member
  • Marquis Who's Who in the World
  • 2003
  • Business Advisory Council
  • National Republican Congressional Committee
  • 2002
  • Who’s Who in the West
  • Who's Who
  • 2001
  • National Registry of Who’s Who - Lifetime
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 2000
  • Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney of the Month
  • Pima County Bar Association
  • 1994
  • Bar Service Award
  • Pima County Bar Association
  • 1993
  • Distinguished Graduate Award
  • East Central University, School of Business
  • 1983
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Publications

  • TucsonLegal.com
  • Use of the Limited Liability Company for Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • Charles R Smith PLLC newsletter
  • Small Business Structuring with Limited Liability Companies
  • 2011
  • TucsonLegal.com
  • Estate Planning Information
  • 2010
  • Charles R Smith PLLC newsletter
  • Starting A Business
  • 2009
  • Charles R Smith PLLC newsletter
  • Legal Employment Laws
  • 2008
  • Charles R Smith PLLC newsletter
  • Tax and Business Aspects of Marital Dissolution
  • 2007
  • Southern Arizona Legal Aid
  • Guide to Bankruptcy
  • 1993
  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • Doing Business WIth Clients
  • 1986
  • The Writ, Pima County Bar Journal
  • Type and Availability of Ethics Opinions
  • 1985
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Speaking Engagements

  • Corporate Annual Meeting
  • Legal Review and Advice
  • 2013
  • Bankruptcy Counsel Meeting
  • Bankruptcy Round Table
  • 2005
  • Current Issues in Chapter 13
  • Chapter 13 Round Table
  • 2004
  • Blue Flame Propane Directors Meeting
  • Business Planning
  • 2001
  • Bankruptcy Workshop
  • Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
  • 1993
  • Various
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • N/A
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Tax Issues in Bankruptcy
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (31)
Given (43)
Business Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney, whose reputation and credentials speak for themselves."
Business Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Smith is a well-respected lawyer and a valuable asset to this community. His continuing dedication to the law and his clients is admirable."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Charles R Smith is one of the good guys - helping people in Arizona with the basic day to day legal problems that they often put off dealing with. I am honored to endorse Mr Smith & only regret I have not done so earlier."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Other
"This attorney strives to always represent clients the best way possible. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Other
"This attorney has great determination and drive. I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Charles Smith. He is a hard working, intelligent, and skilled attorney who fights hard to obtain the best possible outcome for his clients. A dedicated professional who is widely respected within the legal community."
Business Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Charles Smith. He provides accurate and very helpful legal answers in the Avvo community to assist people who came here seeking help. He is an asset to our profession."
Business Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Charles Smith is a very active member here in the Avvo community providing accurate and helpful legal answers for folks needing some advice on their case. He is a respected member in our profession. I fully endorse him."
Business Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Charles Smith. Active participant in the Avvo community posting thoughtful legal answers to individuals who have asked for assistance. This not only demonstrates his excellent knowledge of the law, but also his commitment to serving clients very well. He is a valuable member to the legal industry."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Smith has made a substantial number of contributions on AVVO. I have read several of his contributions and have found them to be thoughtful, informative and practical. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Business Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Smith is one of the finest attorneys in his state. I highly recommend his legal services."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Charles. Highly respected in the legal community with a strong reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Business Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Charles is a very knowledgeable business and estate planning attorney. He is careful and thorough when analyzing a client's situation, looking at the client's entire scenario, to ensure that the client's needs are met both in the short run and the long run. I recommend Charles to anyone in the Tucson area in need of business or estate planning services."
Business Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Business Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Smith is a top notch lawyer. His clients like him and his legal opponents respect him."
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