Kenneth Craig Smith, Jr.

Kenneth Craig Smith, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Shreveport, LA

Smith & John
 | 3646 Youree Dr., Shreveport, LA 71105-2122
Phone: 318-219-1001
Fax: 318-219-1002
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%)
Attorney Profile

Craig has been selected for the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® © by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.  Additionally, Craig has been listed as one of the top lawyers in the Shreveport-Bossier area in SB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue ('04, '05, '06 '07, '08, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13, '14, ‘15, '16, and '17).

He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and Fifth Federal Circuit Bar Association.  He has been a Master Member of the Harry V. Booth and Henry A. Politz Chapter of the American Inns of Court.  Craig was invited to join the Inn as an Associate member in 1998.  Since then, he has advanced to a Barrister Member and then a Master member.  The Inn is a group of select judges and lawyers dedicated to improving the skills, professionalism, and ethics of the bench and bar (1998-2012).

Craig is currently serving an eighth term in the House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar Association for the First Judicial District Court which encompasses all of Caddo Parish.  (Terms: '02-'04. '04-'06, '06-'08, '08-'10, '10-'12, '12-'14, '14-'16 & '16-'18.) The House of Delegates is the policy making body of the Louisiana State Bar Association.  Craig has chaired the Criminal Law Committee of the Shreveport Bar Association, and he has chaired the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee which handled grievances by clients against their attorneys.

Craig has lectured numerous times on the subjects of "Expungements" and criminal law.  Instructor, "Expungements," Legal Services of North Louisiana, Inc. Recent Developments CLE, November 2015' Instructor, "Expungements," Legal Services of North Louisiana, Inc. Recent Developments CLE, September 2014; Instructor, "DWI Seminar," Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, October 2011.  Instructor, "Art of Criminal Law," Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, October 2010.  Instructor, "Criminal Law," Shreveport Bar Association CLE, December 2007. Instructor, "Criminal Law," Shreveport Bar Association CLE, December 2006.  Instructor, "Criminal Law," Shreveport Bar Association CLE, December 2003.  Instructor/Author, "Expungements," Shreveport Bench-Bar Conference 2000. Craig also teaches the certificate course "Paralegal of Criminal Litigation" at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Fall of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Craig was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He graduated from Loyola College Prep in 1985. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Louisiana State University-Shreveport in 1990. He attended law school at Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he graduated in 1993. He is an attorney and partner in the law firm of Smith & John.

Craig was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1993, and since then, he has been admitted to practice before the following courts:  U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit;  U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana; and   U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana.

He is a past board member of the Young Lawyer's Section of the Shreveport Bar Association.  He has served as a Teen Court Judge and has volunteered his time as a Teen Court Advisor and to KTBS-3's "Call a Lawyer" program.  He has given his time to area high school mock trial competitions.  Craig has also served on the St. Joseph's Parish Finance Council as Vice-president and as a council member.

Craig is married to Mary Ann, and they have two sons Craig III and Jack, and a daughter, Mary Kathryn.

Craig practices throughout North Louisiana in the following cities and parishes: Shreveport, Blanchard, Mooringsport, Greenwood, Vivian, Caddo Parish, Bossier City, Benton, Plain Dealing, Haughton, Bossier Parish, Minden, Springhill, Cullen, Webster Parish, Mansfield, Stonewall, DeSoto Parish, Arcadia, Bienville Parish, Ruston, Lincoln Parish, Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Coushatta, Red River Parish, Homer, Claiborne Parish, Many, and Sabine Parish.

About Kenneth Smith, Jr.

Admitted: 1993, Louisiana

Professional Webpage: www.smith-john.com/kcs_profile.htm

Honors/Awards:

  • Top Lawyers in Shreveport-Bossier (2015), SB Magazine compiled a list of top attorneys based upon ballots sent to more than 800 lawyers in Shreveport-Bossier, SB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue, 2015
  • Commendation, Resolution of Recognition to Caddo-Bossier Pathway to Prosperity Second Chance Initiative Staff & Volunteers, http://www.caddoclerk.com/recognition.pdf, Caddo Parish Commission, 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2014 Edition, Selected for inclusion in the area of Criminal Law, The Best Lawyers in America©, Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C., 2014
  • Top Lawyers in Shreveport-Bossier (2014), SB Magazine compiled a list of top attorneys based upon ballots sent to lawyers in Shreveport-Bossier, SB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue, 2014
  • Top Lawyers in Shreveport-Bossier (2013), SB Magazine compiled a list of top attorneys based upon ballots sent to lawyers in Shreveport-Bossier, SB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue, 2013
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2013 Edition, Selected for inclusion in the area of Criminal Law, The Best Lawyers in America©, 2013
  • Top Lawyers in Shreveport-Bossier (2012), SB Magazine compiled a list of top attorneys based upon ballots sent to lawyers in Shreveport-Bossier, SB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue, 2012
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2012 Edition, Selected for inclusion in the area of Criminal Law, The Best Lawyers in America©, Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C., 2012
  • Top Lawyers in Shreveport-Bossier (2011), SB Magazine compiled a list of top attorneys based upon ballots sent to lawyers in Shreveport-Bossier, SB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue, 2011
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2011 Edition, Selected for inclusion in the area of Criminal Law, The Best Lawyers in America©, Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C., 2011
  • Top Lawyers in Shreveport-Bossier (2010), SB Magazine compiled a list of top attorneys based upon ballots sent to lawyers in Shreveport-Bossier, SB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue, 2010
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2010 Edition, Selected for inclusion in the area of Criminal Law, The Best Lawyers in America©, Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C., 2010
  • Top Lawyers in Shreveport-Bossier (2009), SB Magazine compiled a list of top attorneys based upon ballots sent to lawyers in Shreveport-Bossier, SB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue, 2009
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2009 Edition, Selected for inclusion in the area of Criminal Law, The Best Lawyers in America©, Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C., 2009
  • Top Lawyers in Shreveport-Bossier (2008), SB Magazine compiled a list of top attorneys based upon ballots sent to lawyers in Shreveport-Bossier, SB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue, 2008
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2008 Edition, Selected for inclusion in the area of Criminal Law, The Best Lawyers in America©, Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C., 2008
  • Top Lawyers in Shreveport-Bossier (2007), SB Magazine compiled a list of top attorneys based upon ballots sent to lawyers in Shreveport-Bossier, SB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue, 2007
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2007 Edition, Selected for inclusion in the area of Criminal Law, The Best Lawyers in America©, Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C., 2007
  • Top Lawyers in Shreveport-Bossier (2006), SB Magazine compiled a list of top attorneys based upon ballots sent to lawyers in Shreveport-Bossier, SB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue, 2006
  • Top Lawyers in Shreveport-Bossier (2005), SB Magazine compiled a list of top attorneys based upon ballots sent to lawyers in Shreveport-Bossier, SB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue, 2005
  • Top Lawyers in Shreveport-Bossier (2004), SB Magazine compiled a list of top attorneys based upon ballots sent to lawyers in Shreveport-Bossier, SB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue, 2004

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Notary Public, State of Louisiana
  • Title Insurance Producer License, Louisiana Department of Insurance

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member of the House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar Association (7th term, 2014-2016), First Judicial District Court (Caddo Parish), which is the policy making body of the state bar association, 2014
  • Master Member, American Inn of Court, Harry V. Booth-Judge Henry A. Politz Chapter (2007-2012), 2012
  • Member of the House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar Association (6th term, 2012-2014), First Judicial District Court (Caddo Parish), which is the policy making body of the state bar association, 2012
  • Member of the House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar Association (5th term, 2010-2012), First Judicial District Court (Caddo Parish), which is the policy making body of the state bar association, 2010
  • Member of the House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar Association (4th term, 2008-2010), First Judicial District Court (Caddo Parish), which is the policy making body of the state bar association, 2008
  • Barrister Member, American Inn of Court, Harry V. Booth-Judge Henry A. Politz Chapter (2002-2007), 2007
  • Member of the House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar Association (3rd term, 2006-2008), First Judicial District Court (Caddo Parish), which is the policy making body of the state bar association, 2006
  • Member of the House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar Association (2nd term, 2004-2006), First Judicial District Court (Caddo Parish), which is the policy making body of the state bar association, 2004
  • Member of the House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar Association (1st term, 2002-2004), First Judicial District Court (Caddo Parish), which is the policy making body of the state bar association, 2002
  • Associate Member, American Inn of Court, Harry V. Booth-Judge Henry A. Politz Chapter (1998-2002), 2002
  • Member, Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Member, Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Past Chairman, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Shreveport Bar Association which handled grievances by clients against their attorneys
  • Past Chairman, Criminal Law Committee of the Shreveport Bar Association
  • Past Board Member, Shreveport Bar Association, Young Lawyer's Section

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, St. Joseph's Church Parish Finance Council (past volunteer)
  • Vice-president, St. Joseph's Church Parish Finance Council (past volunteer)
  • Judge, Shreveport area High School Mock Trial Competitions (past volunteer)
  • Advisor, KTBS-3's "Call a Lawyer" program (past volunteer)
  • Teen Court Advisor, Caddo Juvenile Court (past volunteer)
  • Teen Court Judge, Caddo Juvenile Court (past volunteer)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Louisiana Expungements," law and interpreting jurisprudence on expungement process and procedures, Louisiana Expungements, 2000
  • Teacher, "Paralegal of Criminal Litigation" Certificate Course, Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Fall of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
  • Instructor/Author, "Expungements," Shreveport Bench-Bar Conference 2000
  • Instructor, "Criminal Law," Shreveport Bar Association CLE, December 2003
  • Instructor, "Criminal Law," Shreveport Bar Association CLE, December 2006
  • Instructor, "Criminal Law," Shreveport Bar Association CLE, December 2007
  • Instructor, "Art of Criminal Law," Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers CLE, October 2010
  • Instructor, "DWI Seminar," Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers CLE, October 2011
  • Instructor, "Expungements," Legal Services of North Louisiana, Inc. Recent Developments CLE, September 2014

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • United States v. Edwin Edwards, et al. (concluded May 13, 2000); Practice Area: Criminal Defense; Outcome: Not Guilty. Case Summary: This was one of the largest and most notorious white collar trials in Louisiana. It started with a 96 page Indictment. This was the prosecution of Louisiana's former governor, Edwin Edwards, along with a State Senator, Gaming Board member and four of the governor's friends. The trial commenced on January 10, 2000, and ended May 13, 2000. Mr. Smith represented Ecotry Fuller, the Gaming Board member who was accused of using his power on the gaming board to effectuate the RICO charges made against the other defendants concerning the issuance of a gaming license to a casino. The trial lasted 4 months. The case was widely covered by the media, both state and national. There were tens of thousands of pages of discovery. Witnesses appeared from the IRS, FBI, Louisiana State Police, high ranking state officials. Mr. Smith's client was acquitted, the State Senator was acquitted, and the remaining five defendants, including Governor Edwards were convicted.
  • Janski v. City of Shreveport (2002); Practice Area: Personal Injury - Plaintiff; Outcome: Settled $4.9 million; Case Summary: This was a widely publicized case where an inmate in Shreveport City jail was beaten by another inmate. A Section 1983 action was filed against the City, including high ranking city officials, for the substandard conditions in the jail. After filing the lawsuit and diligently working the matter, the lawsuit was settled within 9 months of the incident for $4.9 million.

Educational Background:

  •  Bachelor of Science Degree (Major: Finance), Louisiana State University-Shreveport, 1990
  • Loyola College Prep, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1985
Office Location for Kenneth Craig Smith, Jr.

3646 Youree Dr.
Shreveport, LA 71105-2122

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Last Updated: 5/28/2019

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