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Roger W. Smith, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Raleigh, NC

Tharrington Smith, LLP
150 Fayetteville St., Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-821-4711
Fax: 919-829-1583
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2010
Licensed in North Carolina Since: 1999
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense
Attorney Profile

Roger W. Smith, Jr.’s primary area of focus is criminal defense law at Tharrington Smith. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina in 1991. 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. 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. He and his wife, Leigh Ann Smith, have three children.

About Roger W. Smith, Jr.

First Admitted: 1999, North Carolina

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Educational Background

  • University of North Carolina, B.A., English, 1991 

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Order of Kivett, Norman A. Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Wake County Bar Association, Membership Directory Committee
  • Wake County Bar Association, Member
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Member
  • American Judicature Society, Member
  • North Carolina State Bar , 1999
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Raymond Cook gets three years in prison for DWI wreck, News and Observer, 2011
  • Jurors wrestle with Raleigh DWI case, News and Observer, 2011


  • Recognized by The National Trial Attorneys Top 100 National Trial attorneys, 2014
  • Best Lawyer, Non-White Collar Criminal Defense Section, Best Lawyers In America, 2016
  • Business Magazine Legal Elite, 2014
  • Best Lawyer, Non-White Collar Criminal Defense Section, Best Lawyers In America, 2017
  • Recognized by The National Advocacy for DUI Defense Top 100 DWI attorney in North Carolina, 2014
  • Order of Kivett, Member
  • Best Lawyer, Non-White Collar Criminal Defense section, and in the Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI Section, Best Lawyers in America, 2018
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Office Location for Roger W. Smith, Jr.

150 Fayetteville St.
Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601

Last Updated: 9/2/2021

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