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 in the courts of Arizona, United States District Court in and for the District of Arizona, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Tax Court.
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 outstanding pro bono attorney from the Pima County Bar Association and is a life member in the National Registry of Who’s Who.
Charles has previously served as treasurer and a director 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 Tax Force and continues to this day as a volunteer lawyer for Southern Arizona Legal Aid.
In 2016, 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, and he also serves as a member of their board of directors. 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.
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.