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Born, raised, and educated in Michigan, Thomas Smith has practiced law for over 20 years, predominately in the field of criminal law. As both a prosecutor and defense counsel, he has successfully prosecuted and defended literally thousands of criminal cases, from low-level misdemeanors to life-offense felonies.
Mr. Smith began his legal career as a trial attorney in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as a Captain and Judge Advocate (defense counsel). In that capacity, he handled hundreds of felony and misdemeanor cases before members panels (juries), military judges, and Administrative Discharge Boards at Camp Pendleton, California.
After fulfilling his commitment to the Marine Corps, Mr. Smith became an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office in Lansing, Michigan, where he prosecuted hundreds of criminal and civil infraction cases. After his tour as an assistant prosecutor, Mr. Smith became a criminal defense counsel with The Reynolds Law Firm, P.C., a prestigious criminal defense firm in Lansing. While there, Mr. Smith successfully defended hundreds of clients charged with misdemeanors, felonies, and civil infractions.
To further hone his research and writing skills, Mr. Smith became a Research Attorney with the Michigan Judicial Institute, a division of the Michigan Supreme Court. In that capacity, he authored and edited numerous legal Benchbooks and Monographs on substantive and procedural criminal law, including the influential Sexual Assault Benchbook (2002), the New Magistrate Traffic Adjudication Manual (2003), and various criminal procedure Monographs, which are distributed to all Michigan judges (including court staff), magistrates, prosecutors’ offices, and probation offices (click here for a list of benchbooks). In 2003, to take advantage of his research and writing and trial advocacy skills, Mr. Smith established his own law firm, The Smith Law Firm, P.L.L.C., which is dedicated to defending the accused in criminal and traffic matters—and in upholding the highest standards of integrity.
Finally, Mr. Smith is actively involved in Drug Courts. He is currently the designated defense attorney on the 20th Circuit Adult Drug Treatment Court (ADTC)