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|ND||Authorized to practice law||2012||12/09/2013|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Chief of Police Award||Seattle Police Department||2008|
|Merit Award||Seattle City Attorney's Office||2008|
|Graduated Cum Laude||Seattle University School of Law||1996|
|Licensed to Practice||US Federal Court Western District of Washington||1996|
|Partner||Law Office of Smith and White, PLLC||2011 - Present|
|Judge Pro Tem||Des Moines Municipal Court||2010 - Present|
|Judge Pro Tem||Pacific Municipal Court||2010 - Present|
|Judge Pro Tem||Federal Way Municipal Court||2010 - Present|
|Assistant City Attorney||Seattle City Attorney’s Office||2002 - 2010|
|Senior Prosecutor||City Of Kent Prosecutor's Office||2000 - 2002|
|Domestic Violence Prosecutor||City Of Kent Attorney's Office||2000 - 2000|
|Prosecutor||City Of Kent Attorney's Office||1996 - 2000|
|Rule 9 Legal Intern||City Of Kent Attorney's Office||1995 - 1996|
|Legal Intern-Institutions Project||Puget Sound Legal Assistance Fdn||1994 - 1995|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Hon. Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court||Associate Member||2013 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Character and Fitness Board||Member||2012 - Present|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, CLE Committee||Member||2012 - Present|
|Washington Defender Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|St. Marks Lutheran by the Narrows Executive Council||President||2011 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section||Member||2010 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Court Rules and Procedures Committee||Member||2010 - 2012|
|Tacoma Art Museum Activites Council||President||2009 - 2010|
|Tacoma Art Museum||Vice President||2008 - 2009|
|Tacoma Art Museum Activites Council||Chair-Procurement Committee||2007 - 2008|
|State v. J. Doe||Reckless Driving Deferred Sentence|
|State v. J. Doe||Case dismissed|
|Tacoma v. J. Doe||Dismissed|
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|Seattle University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1996|
|University of California - Davis||International Relations||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1991|
|Internal CLE||Firearms Law||2009|
|West Precinct Advisory Counsel||Vice and Narcotics Effects on the Community||2008|
|South Precinct Advisory Committee||Vice and Drug Effects on Motels||2008|
|East Precinct Advisory Counsel||Drug Law Offenses and Neighborhood Effects||2008|
|Seattle University School of Law Extern Program||Real World Criminal Law||2007|
|Seattle University Externship Program||Real World Criminal Law||2006|
|Seattle University School of Law Externship Program||Real World Criminal Law||2005|
|Washington State Criminal Justice Institute Officer Training||Report Writing for Officers||2002|
|Field Sobriety Test Training Program||Report Writing||2001|
|Spring Conference 2000||Ethics in Prosecution||2000|
|Winter Conference 1998||Evidnence in Domestic Violence Cases||1998|
Posted by Michelle
Mr. Derek Smith handled my case with the utmost professionalism, intelligence, wisdom and knowledge. Mr. Smith, & his Law Partner, James White, both worked on my case, and they both uncovered multiple discrepancies on the opposing side. Derek Smith & James White always kept my mind at rest, and w mercy and suave grace throughout my entire court experience/dilemma.
In the the eyes of the law, I had made a bad choice and decision, and sometimes I'm anxious- especially when life gets really real. This team of lawyers, Smith & White; Derek Smith & James White fought the battle for me, and we won. I'm so grateful to them both. I'd give them three thumbs up if I had another thumb. Michelle--thanks for the opportunity to provide feedback.
Posted by butterflykissesx6
Mr. Derek Smith is a no nonsense lawyer. He is personable an obviously well regarded in the lawyer field. We interviewed several lawyers and even hired another lawyer before finding Derek. Our previous lawyer said there was "nothing more he could do" and it was either trial or face jail time. He was fired and we found Derek.
Derek was immediately forthright with the possible outcomes and he was honest, didn't sugar coat anything. It just felt right to hire him, there was no doubt that he would do a better job that our previous lawyer.
Derek immediately got to work on the case. He interviewed all parties and presented the scenario to the prosecutor. After some negotiations, he was able to negotiate no jail time, only community service and a very small fine. Everyone else told us it would be for sure jail time.
I would not hesitate a second to recommend Derek to anyone needing a criminal lawyer.
Posted by Karl
I was face with a situation that could had a huge impact on my personal life and career life, But Mr. Smith was very understanding, attentive and determined to assist and resolve my situation. From the first meeting to the over and over continuance this attorney was honest and to the point without ever losing focus. Mr. Smith is extremely confident in the court room back by superb knowledge and understanding of Court rules and Common Laws. Thanks Derek!
Briteney Mercer, DUI and DWI Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
All the attributes that made Derek a strong and effective prosecutor make him a tremendous defense attorney. His experience on both sides gives him a unique perspective that will be a huge advantage to his clients. Derek is a smart, thorough and prepared attorney who is also compassionate advocate for his clients.
Heather Straub, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
Derek Smith is a highly skilled attorney with remarkable expertise in criminal law and DUI cases. I am constantly impressed with his passionate representation and his strong commitment to justice and integrity. I strongly endorse this lawyer.
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