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James Edward Smith

Divorce and separation Attorney at Las Vegas, NV

4.7   13 reviews
  • State Years
    Nevada - NV 42 years
    California - CA 43 years
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State NV
    Acquired 1981
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1980
    Active No misconduct found

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

About James

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I am a Nevada attorney who practices in all courts in Nevada but who lives in Las Vegas.  I have over 25 years of experience in personal injury, criminal, civil litigation, bankruptcy, family law and estate planning.  I will give you a free initial phone or e-mail consultation.  I am available for referrals and as local counsel.  My mission is to provide personal attention and reasonable rates for legal services.  I also run Conexa for uncontested legal matters which provide discounts on my normal legal rates.  I do cases on an hourly rate, fixed fee rate or contingency fee depending on the nature of the case.  I am available 24/7/365 for legal emergencies. I am also a Nevada arbitrator and am trained to do alternative dispute resolution including medation in civil, personal injury and family law matters.   I promise to give you a frank assessment of your case and will not get involved in filing a frivolous lawsuit.  I am not shy about handling the unusual or controversial case.  I will also give you a second opinion on your case.  You can visit my at for further information about me and my services.  You can also visit or for discount services.


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James Edward Smith


4.7 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent DUI attorney
I am pleased with the outcome of my DUI case that Attorney Smith represented me for. He obviously knows what he's doing based on years of experience, his price is fair, and he certainly doesn't waste time giving you false hope or beat around the bush. Attorney Smith clarified everything for me and gave me an analysis of how he thought the case could turn out, and with his advice I was able to get my case lowered to a reckless driving with a few court appointed tasks to be done.
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Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He's a life-saver!
He helped me clear up a legal issue that I was innocent for and advised me how to respond to officials. I had no knowledge of the legal world and helped me every step of the way. I highly recommend Mr. Smith in the Las Vegas region of Nevada
Posted by Stella | December 16, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Mr. and Mrs.
We were very satisfied with the services James Provided for us to set up our Trust. He was thorough and very courteous. We highly recommend him to others who are seeking similar services.
Posted by Joey borrero | December 15, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney humble and professional
He is a great attorney help me get joint custody over my son has a lot of experience very professional and takes care of business I would definitely recommend him to anyone that needs a attorney.
Posted by Mark | August 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Revocable living trust
I think Jim and his staff did a good job on my Revocable Living Trust, and my joint petition for divorce. Both services were provide at a reasonable cost. While i signed up for the services online, they were provided locally in Las Vegas.
Posted by Crystal | March 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer for Your Divorce!
I selected this lawyer from a google search and I'm glad I did! Everything went smoothly, no hassles and my divorce was granted in 2-3 weeks time. His office was very professional every step of the process. They kept me informed and assisted me with any questions I had in a timely manner. I highly recommend!
Posted by Jan Go | March 24, 2015
Simply the best!
I've found Mr. James Smith through online search. Since I am living in New York City it was hard for me to find a very good attorney. It took me a few calls with a couple of attorneys in Las Vegas, Nevada and none of them returned my call. When I found Mr. Smith, immediately he returned my call and said he would represent me. I followed my instinct and went for him. He was very approachable, experienced and trustworthy. He assured me that my case is nothing to worry about. Despite of his busy schedule he managed to follow up on the progress of my case via call and text messages. In less than a month, my case was finalized. I was very happy that I went with him and chose him to represent me despite of not meeting him in person. Thank you for all your help Mr. Smith. 100% I recommend him!
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Posted by Dan | March 9, 2015
Excellent job
I was a client of James in a separation case. He did an excellent job kept costs low and met my every expectation. In another matter he solved a potential law suit with one letter. Generally don't like lawyers but really got to like and appreciate James .
Posted by DON | March 3, 2015
Excellent Service Delivery
James' knowledge of his subject matter and the Court environment gave me confidence that I can rely on him to successfully bring my petition to a positive conclusion. He did an excellent job and I am a very satisfied customer. I would also like to commend his friendly, courteous, and super efficient staff. Their teamwork was excellent and they stayed very customer focused throughout the engagement. James' service offering (Divorce in Navada) is more than highly recommended.
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Posted by Virginia | December 19, 2011
Knowledge is Power
James Smith knows his stuff. I really appreciate a highly intelligent, street smart, experienced, cautious, reliable, determined, well-educated and well-read, capable lawyer. I have been dealing with lawyers for a long time and I've learned to hire only the best of them due to my experience in business, property management & development. One of the qualities that I look for is determination and someone who knows how to think outside the box (as I do) and also someone who never assumes anything so that resolutions can be pursued with an open mind using a clean slate. James is very open-minded and creative when it comes to solutions to dilemmas. He has developed systems, styles, and skills that are far more impressive than most attorneys I have dealt with in the past -- he certainly is way up there with the best of them. Additionally, James is very honest and forthright in his dealings and in practices. You don't have to worry about over-billing, he is very fair and generous. I deeply respect his honesty & integrity and this also helps to get issues resolved properly and quickly. James takes his time to explain everything in detail, to answer all questions, and to consider all options before he advises you. Nobody wants to be in the litigation mode longer than they need to be. Time is money and litigation is not pleasant. James has a good "bedside manner" and makes everything so much easier! He is very knowledgeable and skillful in knowing how to get problems solved the best way possible in light of all circumstances present. You can be sure that when he walks into the courtroom he is fully prepared to passionately argue your case using every law, angle, precedent, fact, and circumstance to your advantage. James is a walking library and if he doesn't know something he is the first to tell you that and find out for you. I appreciate the way he conducts his business and I know I can put my back up to him and trust him and his judgment. You will find this out for yourself, also, should you retain him to assist you. I highly recommend him and appreciate all of the help he has given me through the years.
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Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2010
Someone who knows James Edward Smith very well
James is a very knowledgeable, well educated, sensitive, caring and passionate lawyer. He is also 100% ethical, trustworthy, and honest. He cares about his clients and truly does his best to help them with their predicaments and legal issues. He is a very wise man and his wisdom is very helpful in getting matters resolved and settled which is very important as the cost of going to trial anymore is very expensive, time consuming, & heart-wrenching in most cases. He is extremely passionate when it comes to representing his clients and very persuasive with judges & commissioners. He is good at getting matters settled and fairly so. He works well with other counsel and is persuasive for his client in the process of doing so. Other lawyers respect him and this helps to get matters dealt with and settled. He knows his trade well and if there is something he does not know he is quick to learn and study so that he is fully informed in the premises. I have seen many lawyers mess up for their client in court or otherwise because they were unfamiliar with some aspect of the law and their client suffers because of this incompetence. James is very competent and extremely capable. He values his clients and treats them well and has a conscience when it comes to being fully competent and prepared for battle so that he is not the weak link. You will be very satisfied with his services. He is one of the best lawyers I have met in my many years of hiring counsel to represent me in all kinds of business and personal situations. I know a good lawyer when I meet one and James will not disappoint you. He will become part of your address book, instead.
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Posted by Adam | October 11, 2012
Review of James E Smith, Esq.
I have worked with Mr. Smith for the past two years with Estate Planning issues and document reviews. He is knowledgeable and professional, as well as honest regarding potential Estate Planning pitfalls and legal matters.
Posted by Anjuli | December 5, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Inconsistent performance & inability to deliver professional results
While he advertises himself as an aggressive advocate for your interests, this lawyer is more interested in impressing judges, opposing counsel, and court officials than adequately representing his clients. During my divorce, I found him pleasant but ultimately uninterested in the details of my marital affairs. He forgot the facts of my case repeatedly and ignored informational texts. He's probably best used in an uncontested divorce, but if your case is complex and involves conscientious fact-seeking or discovery, letters of inquiry to opposing counsel, or clearly documented financials from your ex, look elsewhere. In the end, he had neither the courtesy, nor the professionalism to send me the draft of my divorce decree, with the result that it was filed without my knowledge, oversight, or consent to its wording and clauses. When I asked him why he had not sent me the decree to look over before it was filed (as I had requested twice), he informed me that he was "not obliged" to show his clients their divorce decree! I was pretty stunned, to say the least. He attempted to excuse his negligence and discourtesy by stating that since the decree was an order based on the minutes of the last hearing, and not based on a settlement between parties (which it actually was), I did not have the right to read my own divorce decree before the judge signed off on it. When I protested, he became rather rude and said he was withdrawing from my case (which was already closed). If you choose to go ahead and hire him, watch the progress of your case carefully and insist that he keep you informed ahead of time. Make sure that he sends you any important documents to approve before they are signed by the judge or filed with the court. I found this lawyer's overall performance disappointing. I felt that he was negligent and lacking in professional courtesy or attention to important detail. My overall impression is that he's a bit of a slacker.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-45%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Edward J. Achrem & Associates
  • 2003 - 2007


  • Univ of San Diego SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • Univ of Iowa
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1974


  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Nevada Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2009

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Nevada Certified Arbitrator
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (2)
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Unknown Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer, he is very knowledgeable and personable."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Soon after beginning my legal career, I had the pleasure of meeting attorney, James E. Smith. Since meeting Mr. Smith, I have been continually impressed by his extensive knowledge and experience in the law. Mr. Smith has been an outstanding mentor to me and I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking legal representation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have tried a case against this gentlemen, who is a consummate professional and experienced litigator."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know James Smith as a fellow Las Vegas lawyer for about 27 years. I continue to be impressed by his intelligence, energy, and enthusiasm for legal practice."
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Las Vegas Divorce and separation Lawyer James Edward Smith
James Edward Smith
Divorce and separation Attorney
Las Vegas, NV
Licensed for 43 years