Roger Smith, Jr., Raleigh Criminal Defense Lawyer
Roger W. Smith, Jr., was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and attended the Raleigh public schools. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina in 1991. While at UNC he was inducted into the Order of Gimghoul.
After college, Mr. Smith moved to Wyoming where, during a period of about two years, he learned to hand-make rough white-pine furniture in the Western tradition. He returned to North Carolina and co-founded Appalachian Designs, a company through which he continued to manufacture and market this furniture.
In the fall of 1996, Mr. Smith entered the Norman A. Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University. During law school, he received the book award in the Trial Advocacy Program, was named to the School’s National Trial Team, and was inducted into the Order of Kivett. He received his law degree in 1999 and joined Tharrington Smith that year. He has been recognized by The National Advocacy for DUI Defense as the top 100 DWI Attorneys in North Carolina for 2014, Recognized by National Trial Lawyers top 100 National Trial Attorneys for 2014. Business magazine, Legal Elite for 2014.
Mr. Smith is a member of the Wake County Bar Association and its membership directory committee, the Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers, the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Bar Association, and the American Judicature Society. He and his wife, Leigh Ann Smith, have three children.
Norman A. Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University
- Juris Doctor, 1999
- Trial Advocacy Program, book award winner
- School’s National Trial Team
- Order of Kivett
University of North Carolina
- Bachelor of Arts, English, 1991
- Order of Gimghoul
Memberships & Admissions
- North Carolina State Bar 1999
- Wake County Bar Association
- Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers
- North Carolina Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section Member
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- American Bar Association, former member
- American Judicature Society
- Wake County Bar Association, Membership Directory Committee
- co-founder Appalachian Designs, 1993 Furniture designed by Roger W. Smith, Jr.
- Raymond Cook gets three years in prison for DWI wreck, News and Observer, 2/26/11
- Jurors wrestle with Raleigh DWI case, News and Observer, 2/26/11
Awards & Honors
Member – Order of Kivett
Recognized as a “Rising Star” by North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine in 2009
Recognized by The National Advocacy for DUI Defense Top 100 DWI attorney in North Carolina, 2014
Recognized by The National Trial Attorneys Top 100 National Trial attorneys, 2014
Business Magazine Legal Elite, 2014
Included in Best Lawyers in America Non-White Collar Criminal Defense Section, since 2016
Included in Best Lawyers in America DUI/DWI Defense Section, 2018
Included in North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2018
DUI/DWI Defense Lawyer of the Year – Raleigh Metropolitan Area; Best Lawyers in America, 2020