James Brian Smith ("Brian") is an attorney and owner of J. Brian Smith Law LLC, representing businesses and individuals in matters relating to business law, real estate, water rights, estate planning, wills, trusts, and probate.
Brian's clients include individuals, sole proprietors, corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, homeowner associations, water and sanitation districts, health care organizations, home owners, land owners, home purchasers and sellers, real estate professionals, builders, contractors, and developers.
Brian is originally from Virginia, however, he and his wife have lived and worked in New Mexico for 34 years. Brian received an undergraduate degree in forestry and wildlife from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 1978, and worked for several years in the area of coal mining reclamation in Virginia, Tennessee, New Mexico, and other western United States. He received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1999. He is a member of the New Mexico Bar, the bar of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico, and the bar of the United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit. Brian is a board member on the State Bar’s Animal Law Section, and he is active in the New Mexico Masons. Brian and his wife enjoy traveling, hiking, landscaping, and gardening.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Attorney||J. Bran Smith Law LLC||2020 - Present|
|Attorney/Member||Jones & Smith Law Firm, LLC||2006 - 2020|
|Attorney||Vance, Chavez, & Associates, LLC||2004 - 2006|
|Attorney/Member||J. Brian Smith, LLC||2001 - 2004|
|Attorney||Sheehan, Sheehan & Stelzner, P.A.||1999 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Animal Law Section, New Mexico Bar Association||Director||2015 - Present|
|Federal Bar for the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico||Member||2000 - Present|
|State Bar of New Mexico||Member||1999 - Present|
|Bar for the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals||Member||2002 - 2002|
|University of New Mexico Natural Resources Journal||Western Wetlands: The Backwater of Wetlands Regulation||1999|
|University of New Mexico||JD - Juris Doctor||1999|
|Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University||BS - Bachelor of Science||1978|
|Animal Talk Series||Honey Bee Law||2015|
|Endangered Species||Does Critical Habitat Designation Provide Additional Protection to Endangered Species?||2001|
|Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District v. Bruce Babbitt, et al., 206 F.Supp.2d 1156 (D.N.M. 2000)|
|Neighbors for Rational Development, Inc. v. Norton et al., 379 F.3d 956 (10th Cir. 2004)|
|Coronado Park v. City Council of Albuquerque, No. D-CV-2010-03362 (2nd Jud. Dist. Ct., Bernalillo County, NM 2011)|
|Jaramillo v. Romero, No. 32,298 (Ct. App. NM 2013)|
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