MR. SMITH RECENTLY RESIGNED FROM THE PRACTICE OF LAW AND IS NOW A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY.
J. Christopher Smith, of the Law Offices of J. Christopher Smith, has successfully defended clients charged with homicide and attempted homicide, narcotics sales and possession, rape, bank robbery, strike allegations, driving under the influence, petty theft, juvenile cases, and a host of other criminal matters. He has tried a significant number of jury trials with remarkable results. In addition, he has used his litigation and negotiation skills to advocate for juveniles in the juvenile justice system, individuals facing probation violations, and those with parole revocation concerns.
Among other cases, Mr. Smith was involved with the representation and defense of Giovanni Ramirez, in connection with the beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium (NBC News). Mr. Smith represented celebrity attorney Howard K. Stern, on conspiracy charges relating to Anna Nicole Smith (TMZ), as well as with the defense of rapper T.I. and his wife (CNN), and with the legal representation of Grammy-winning singer Faith Evans (NY Daily News). Before affiliating with Robles & Tantraphol, PLC, Mr. Smith was a Trial Attorney with the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office. There, he successfully managed a significant caseload and effectively represented thousands of clients charged with felony and misdemeanor offenses throughout Los Angeles County. Mr. Smith is also a former associate of a Downtown Los Angeles firm where he litigated labor, employment, and business law matters. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Smith worked for the Los Angeles County Superior Court as a judicial assistant, where he operated as court manager in criminal, civil, and family law courtrooms. He was also employed with the National Criminal Defense College, where he assisted with the implementation of continuing legal education programs for attorneys in the area of criminal defense. Mr. Smith received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles and his law degree from Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, on scholarship and as a quarterfinalist in moot court competition. He is licensed to practice law in California and Georgia. Mr. Smith is also an expert legal commentator on television (ABC7 News) and on the web (Jerry Sandusky and Bernie Fine), has had his cases published in newspapers, been included in the 16th Edition of Who's Who Among American Law Students, and was a recruiter and representative for Mercer University School of Law. Mr. Smith is formerly general counsel and secretary for the UCLA Black Alumni Association, and remains a member of the UCLA and UCLA Black Alumni Associations.