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Attorney Brian J. Smith on the Phone

Born and raised in New York City, I have 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.


I received my 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. I successfully prosecuted a wide range of criminal offenses and was assigned to the Domestic Violence Bureau for a significant part of my time with the office.

I went on to establish his own criminal defense practice in Manhattan, where I represented both private and court-appointed defendants in all criminal matters, with an emphasis on drug trafficking and violent felonies. I represented many defendants who were facing life imprisonment in narcotics cases under New York’s Rockefeller drug laws. My 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 my clients.

I became licensed to practice law in Nevada in 2008 and moved to Las Vegas to open my criminal defense practice. I am licensed to practice before all federal and state courts in the State of Nevada, and am also licensed to practice in New York and Washington State.


For the second consecutive year, I have been chosen as one of the Top Lawyers in Southern Nevada by VegasInc Magazine. In 2013, I was also awarded a rating of “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer review rating a lawyer can receive. In 2014, I was deemed a Top Lawyer in Criminal Defense by KNPR’s Desert Companion.

I have also been named one of the 3 Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Las Vegas by In 2017, I 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

In addition to my criminal defense practice in Las Vegas, I maintain an office in Bangkok, Thailand where I frequently travel to consult with Thai and American businesses on matters of U.S. law.

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