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James Brian Smith

Real estate Attorney at Albuquerque, NM

5.0   1 review

also known as J. Brian Smith

  • Licensed for 25 years
    State NM
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    Commercial, residential, and ranchland purchase and sales, leasing, development, easements, rights-of-way, encroachments, water rights and water law

    25 years

  2. Business
    Business formation; general business matters; contract negotiations and drafting; dispute resolution; mergers; acquisitions; sales; real estate leasing, financing, purchases and sales.

    25 years

  3. Estate planning
    Wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives, living wills, estate administration, probate

    25 years

  4. Wills and living wills
    Wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives, living wills, estate administration, probate

  5. Probate
    Estate administration.

    25 years

 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.


James Brian Smith
7850 Jefferson St. NE
Suite 140
Albuquerque, NM, 87109

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Posted by George | November 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I endorse Brian
I have co-counselled with Brian on several matters and the board of a non-profit on which I serve hired him as our general counsel. Brian is thorough, conscientious, competent, and scrupulously honest. I recommend him highly.


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Work Experience

  • 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
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  • University of New Mexico
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1978

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 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)
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  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016


  • University of New Mexico Natural Resources Journal
  • Western Wetlands: The Backwater of Wetlands Regulation
  • 1999

Speaking Engagements

  • Animal Talk Series
  • Honey Bee Law
  • 2015
  • Endangered Species
  • Does Critical Habitat Designation Provide Additional Protection to Endangered Species?
  • 2001

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Albuquerque Real estate Lawyer James Brian Smith
James Brian Smith
Real estate Attorney
Albuquerque, NM
Licensed for 25 years