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Wayne V.R. Smith

also known as Wayne Vincent Robert Smith, Wayne Smith

About me

I have been a lawyer for 43 years. I have been in court in each of those 43 years dealing with a myriad of disputes. I am now devotign most of my time to probate and trust matters. I have done a lot of work over the years as a mediator. I see disputes from many different angles. I like to help people resolve disputes, and I find that experience does help in getting to the point of resolution.


Most of what I have done in the past 30 years involves construction law, real estate law, business and contract law and probate. The basic issues of life arise in these fields of law. I have clients who have been clients and friends for over 30 years.  I have clients I have known for just a few months.But I bring all these disciplines and experience to my work in estates.



I am no different from most of my clients. I am a father, husband, grandfather and family man. I enjoy playing golf with friends, and I enjoy traveling and seeing new places. I enjoy a lot of things in life, but the greatest joy comes from the relief shown in the eyes of a person when a dispute gets to closure. Because that is what this life path thing is all about, closure, not the battle.


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Practice areas


  1. Probate: 50%
    47 years, 287 cases
  2. Estate Planning: 35%
    47 years, 800 cases
  3. Mediation: 15%



Hourly ($300-400/hour), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

6 total 

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  • William Joseph Kelly

    I enthusiastically endorse and recommend Wayne Smith as a Mediator. My client was the injured party in a dispute with a neighbor after the neighbor;s retaining wall failed causing damage to my clients property. The other party was uninsured and damages amounted to over $70K and my clients' retaining wall was 50 years old. Wayne skillfully guided the parties and three lawyers through a process that enabled us to resolve the case in less than 7 hours. The case had been pending for over two yrs Great job.


    William Kelly Landlord-tenant Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Matthew Scott Toth

    Wayne is sharp attorney, you can't go wrong with him.


    Matthew Toth Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Smith Law Offices

6680 Alhambra Ave # 505
Martinez, CA, 94553-6105


TXNot Eligible to Practice - Administrative197007/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Volunteer in Dispute SettlementSuperior Court of Contra Costa2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney * MediatorSmith Law Offices1972 - Present
SalesFirst Hospital Products1971 - 1975
Law ClerkUS District Court, ED Tex1968 - 1970
Association namePosition nameDuration
Contra Costa County Bar Associationmember1972 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1972 - Present
State Bar of California, Real Property Law Sectionmember1972 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaLitigation Section1972 - Present
Contra Costa County Bar Association, Conservatorship/Guardianship, Probate and Trust Sectionmember1972 - Present
Contra Costa County Bar AssociationReal Estate Section1972 - Present
State Bar of California, Probate Law Sectionmember1972 - Present
Mediation Society of Contra Costa CountyBoard Member, President2009 - 2014
Contra Costa County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionChair2008 - 2011
Contra Costa County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionBoard Member2004 - 2013
Contra Costa County Bar Association, Litigation SectionBoard Member1998 - 2002
Executives Association of Contra Costa CountyBoard Member, President1978 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Verlis B Smith EstateResolved by global settlement
Frank Estate SF Superior CourtSettled
Thomas Ranch EstateResolved by global settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Contra Costa County Bar JournalAlter Ego - Myth and Law2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawLL.B - Bachelor of Laws1968
University of WaterlooEconomics, Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1965
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Contra Costa County Bar MCLEADR Mediation Practices2012
Brown Bag Lunch Dept 9Mediating with Selp Represented Litigants2012
Contra Costa County Bar Association MCLEADR Mediation Skills Workshop2011