H. Van Smith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Richmond, VA

Smith | Strong, PLC
 | 5803 Staples Mill Road, Richmond, VA 23228
Phone: 804-325-1245
Fax: 804-482-2661
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (60%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (30%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    H. Van Smith practices family law, estate planning, and estate/fiduciary litigation across central Virginia, including from his offices in both the Richmond metropolitan area and Williamsburg, Virginia.  Van also routinely provides strategic legal counsel to business owners, elected officials, professional athletes, entrepreneurs, and political consulting firms in long-term, retained attorney-client relationships.  

    He is the sole owner of SMITH STRONG, PLC and a member of the family law and estate planning sections of the Virginia State Bar, the American Bar Association, and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.  Van is also a member of WealthCounsel, a national organization of elite estate planning attorneys, and Lawyers with Purpose, focusing on asset protection trust planning.

    Each week, Van's practice preserves financial assets and protects futures as individuals and their families navigate divorce/custody transitions, estate planning through the retirement years, and elder law by avoiding impoverishment from nursing home costs.

    Van has been featured several times in the Richmond Times Dispatch, Virginia Gazette, Daily Press, WRVA 1140AM, William & Mary News and UVA Today; he welcomes the opportunity to educate his community on divorce, custody, and family law issues in Virginia.

    Van received the highly regarded Super Lawyers' Rising Star distinction in the area of family and matrimonial law in 2014 - 2020.

    Van also earned the Legal Elite designation, based on a vote of his attorney peers, by the Virginia Business magazine, for 2015 - 2020, awarded to only to 2% of attorneys in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Mr. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree from William & Mary and received his law degree from William & Mary Law School.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Family Law
    • 30%Estate Planning & Probate
    • 10%Estate & Trust Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Will Contests


    top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 7 years

    Rising Stars: 2015 - 2021

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    About Van Smith

    Admitted: 2008, Virginia

    Professional Webpage: https://www.smithstrong.com/bio/h--van-smith.cfm


    • Awarded 2016 to 2021, the legal elite distinction, recognizing only 2% of the legal community in Virginia., Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine, 2020
    • Awarded 2016-2021, for attorney Van Smith's practice in family law and estate planning., Rising Stars, Virginia Super Lawyers, 2020
    • Avvo's Client's Choice Award, 2015
    • Richmond Times-Dispatch Reader's Choice Award, Lawyer, distinction, 2015
    • "10 Best Under 40" Attorneys for the State of Virginia, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2014
    • William & Mary School of Law, Class of 2007, voted Most Likely To Become Law School Dean, 2007
    • TOP 10 Attorneys in Virginia: Family Law, Attorney and Practice Magazine, 2017
    • Family Law "10 Best Attorney" Selection for Virginia, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2017
    • The American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 40 Under 40 Family Lawyers in Virginia, 2016
    • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, Inc, Top 10 Attorney Award(Under 40), 2015
    • Avvo's Client Satisfaction Awardfor Family Law, 2013, 2014, 2015
    • The National Advocates, Top 100 Matrimonial and Family Lawyers, a nationwide recognition, 2014
    • Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq, Honorary Iraqi Firefighter, 2004
    • Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers' Rising Star Award in Family & Matrimonial Law, 2017
    • Legal Elite, Virginia Business magazine, 2016
    • Virginia Business magazine, Virginia's Legal Elite for 2015 Award & Membership, 2015
    • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, Family Law "10 Best" Attorneys for Virginia, 2015 - Present
    • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys Award for Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Virginia, under the age of 40, 2014
    • Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers' Rising Star Award in Family & Matrimonial Law, 2014 & 2015
    • William & Mary, Benjamin Stoddert Ewell Award for Community Leadership, "selected on the basis of their outstanding participation and leadership on campus and/or community activities, and on the basis of their service and contribution to the school or community", 2003
    • Legal Elite,Virginia Business magazine, 2017
    • ThreeBestRated.com, Top 3 Divorce Lawyers in Richmond, Virginia, Certificate of Excellence, 2016

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
    • United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
    • Virginia

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • National Professional Advisor Network, The American Cancer Society
    • CrossOver Healthcare Ministry: Smith Strong has supported CrossOver financially in its effort to provide free healthcare services to impoverished individuals in the greater Richmond, Virginia area, 2016
    • Project Hope: Smith Strong, PLC supported this non-profit organization through financial gifts and sponsorship attendance at annual dinner. The mission behind Project Hope is to help in the eradication of leprosy in Ethiopia, one family at a time, and providing a medical clinic to one of the most impoverished cities in Ethiopia.

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Book, Legal Strength Series, The Ultimate Guide to Divorce & Custody in VirginiaQuickly Get Back to Fully Living Your Life, Word Association Publishers, published 2013
    • Provided hour and a half workshop to private investors group on estate planning, trusts and asset protection., Lead Speaker, Estate Planning Workshop: Secure Your Retirement & Avoid Going Broke in Your Elder Years, Lecture, Banking, Family, Individuals, Investment, Trusts, 2020
    • Report, The Seven Essential Steps for Divorce Planning, Published 2012.
    • Complex Assets in Divorce, National Business Institute, Henrico, Virginia, October 2017, Continuing Legal Education Course.
    • Two Phases of Estate Planning:  Secure Retirement & Avoid Going Broke in Long Term Care, Retirement Training and Coaching Services, Inc, February 2017, Virginia Department of Military Affairs, Henrico, Virginia
    • Two Phases of Estate Planning:  Secure Retirement & Avoid Going Broke in Long Term Care, Retirement Training and Coaching Services, Inc, July 2015, Fort Lee, Richmond, Virginia
    • Honest Advice and Tips on Investing for Your Retirement, Cornerstone Assembly of God Church, Presented 2013 in Chesterfield, Virginia
    • The Role of the Citizen Lawyer in Society, William & Mary School of Law, Presented 2006
    • The Two Wars in Iraq, Williamsburg Kiwanis, Williamsburg, Virginia, Presented at the Williamsburg Lodge and other venues, 2004

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Honorary Iraqi Firefighter.  Awarded this honor by the Civil Defense Directorate of Iraq for his service to the fire and ambulance services of Iraq, while serving there as a civilian with the U.S. Department of Defense., 2004


    • Monthly, printed, mailed newsletter with distribution of over 3,000 people across Central Virginia.  Attorney Van Smith has authored this family law, estate planning, and estate/fiduciary litigation newsletter since 2012 - present., Strength for the Journey, a newsletter of Smith Strong, PLC law firm, Caregivers, Elders, Families, Financial Advisors, Individuals, Seniors

    Educational Background:

    • The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, B.A., Major: Government, 2003

    Industry Groups

    • Business Owners
    • Entrepreneurs
    • Families
    • Individuals
    • Professionals
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    Office Location for H. Van Smith

    5803 Staples Mill Road
    Richmond, VA 23228

    Phone: 804-325-1245

    Fax: 804-482-2661

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    Last Updated: 12/29/2020

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