Born and raised in New York City, Brian J. Smith has had an accomplished legal career: as a prosecutor in Brooklyn, then as a defense attorney in Manhattan, and now as a criminal defense attorney in Las Vegas.
Mr. Smith received his law degree from Fordham University School of Law, and subsequently accepted a position as Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Mr. Smith successfully prosecuted a wide range of criminal offenses, and was assigned to the Domestic Violence Bureau for a significant part of his time with the office.
Mr. Smith went on to establish his own criminal defense practice in Manhattan, where he represented both private and court appointed defendants in all criminal matters, with an emphasis on drug trafficking and violent felonies. Mr. Smith represented many defendants who were facing life imprisonment in narcotics cases under New York’s Rockefeller drug laws. His impressive win-loss ratio in criminal trials is the result of his experience, knowledge, and tireless preparation, while zealously and passionately advocating for the rights of his clients.
Mr. Smith became licensed to practice law in Nevada in 2008, and moved to Las Vegas to open his criminal defense practice. He is licensed to practice before all federal and state courts in the State of Nevada. He is also licensed to practice in New York and Washington State. Mr. Smith serves on the board of Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice, and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
For the second consecutive year, Mr. Smith has been chosen as one of the Top Lawyers in Southern Nevada by VegasInc Magazine. In 2013, he was also awarded a rating of “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer review rating a lawyer can receive. In 2014, Brian J. Smith was deemed a Top Lawyer in Criminal Defense by KNPR’s Desert Companion.
Brian J. Smith has also been named one of the 3 Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Las Vegas by ThreeBestRated.com. In 2017, he was also nominated by Las Vegas locals for the MyVegas Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards, and was named one of the 20 Best Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyers by Expertise.com.
In addition to his criminal defense practice in Las Vegas, Mr. Smith maintains an office in Bangkok, Thailand where he frequently travels to consult with Thai and American businesses on matters of U.S. law.