J. Bradley Smith, Esq.Managing Member
The Historic John Price Carr House
200 N McDowell St
Charlotte, North Carolina 28204
Brad Smith is one of the founding members of Arnold & Smith, PLLC in North Carolina. As a litigator, Mr. Smith has dedicated his career to advocating for individuals in courtrooms throughout North Carolina. He focuses his practice on representing individuals charged with DWI / DUI, felonies, misdemeanors, and federal criminal charges. In addition to his criminal practice, Mr. Smith also handles civil rights and police misconduct cases, as well as personal injury and wrongful death claims. In 2013, and again in 2014 he was named the Charlotte Observer's Readers’ Choice Best Lawyer in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has been listed as a Super Lawyer in North Carolina since 2011. In 2011, Mr. Smith was named by Lawyers Weekly Magazine as one of the Emerging Legal Leaders in North Carolina. He is considered one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the United States by the National Trial Lawyers Association and has argued cases in front of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Supreme Court, and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA. Mr. Smith is frequently asked to appear on television news programs to provide his legal insight into developing stories. In 2019, Mr. Smith was appointed to serve on the board of directors for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ).
Mr. Smith has lived in Charlotte for most of his life. He is a graduate of Charlotte Country Day School and North Carolina State University. He received his law degree from Mercer Universities Walter F. George School of law where he was a member of the Dean’s List and President of the Federalist Society. After graduation, Mr. Smith returned home to Charlotte and joined the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s office prosecuting both felony and misdemeanor cases. In 2006, Brad left the public sector and entered private practice. In 2007, he teamed up with fellow Charlotte native Matt Arnold and founded Arnold & Smith, PLLC.
Mr. Smith is a graduate of the prestigious National Trial Advocacy Program at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina. He has received the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration certificate for DWI detection. This certificate requires the same training police officers undergo to spot motorists suspected of driving while impaired. He is also a certified operator of the Intoxilyzer 5000, the device used by law enforcement to test alcohol concentration.
Mr. Smith is married with three children and two dogs. In his free time he enjoys traveling with his family, playing golf and boating in the waters around his home on the South Carolina coast.
J.D., Mercer University, 2004
B.A. Political Science, North Carolina State University, 2001
U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
2004 North Carolina State Bar Mecklenburg County
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
North Carolina Bar Association
Charlotte Observer's Readers' Choice Best Lawyer in Charlotte, North Carolina
National Trial Lawyers Association Top 40 Under 40
National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers
North Carolina's Weekly Emerging Legal Leaders
Super Lawyers Rising Stars