Mission & Core Characteristics

"At the Smith Law Firm, we are focused on you. Your path has bent into ours, and ours into yours. Our goal is to bend your path away from the criminal justice system in perpetuity and into the path of success."







Smith Law Firm Mission

The mission of The Smith Law Firm is to provide superior legal representation to achieve optimal results in resolving a client's legal issues, while exercising the highest standards of professionalism.


We accomplish our mission by following these specific objectives:

  • Uphold the highest standards of professionalism by exercising unfailing honesty, integrity, fairness, loyalty, compassion, and courtesy.
  • Seek and maintain the best reputation in the community regarding client representation, ethics, morals, and professionalism-and remain in compliance with the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct and the Rules Concerning the State Bar of Michigan.
  • Educate the client on all legal (substantive and procedural), moral, and other relevant issues in the case.
  • Provide the client with pragmatic legal advice, explaining alternatives and consequences, including giving a fair estimate of the probabilities of success and failure on each alternative, without telling the client what alternative to take.
  • Inform the client of all case developments.
  • Provide the client with copies of all documents received by the attorney.
  • Stay abreast of all changes to pertinent law, including new appellate case law and amendments to statutes, ordinances, court rules, evidence rules, Administrative Orders, and Administrative Rules, by attending legal conferences and purchasing legal resources.
  • Stay abreast of (and obtain if needed) all new technology and resources that provide better legal representation for the client.
Core Characteristics

The following core characteristics define us as a firm and as individuals. They comprise, collectively and individually, our ethos and culture:

  1. Deliver WOW performance.
  2. Be professional, take the "high road," and shun pettiness.
  3. Do what you say you're going to do—always and completely.
  4. Never lie or cheat or tolerate those who do.
  5. Embrace change and ambiguity.
  6. Take initiative.
  7. Think beyond Stage 1 and contemplate the ripple-effect of your decisions.
  8. Continuously improve—yourself and the company.
  9. Be thankful for everything.
  10. Avoid complacency—only the paranoid survive and prevail.
  11. Don't blame—excuses begone!
  12. Treat every client like a life-long client.
  13. Admit mistakes—right away and out loud to people.
  14. Find humor and be funny.
  15. Think creatively while questioning assumptions and commonly-held beliefs.
  16. Do more with less.
  17. Be neurotically punctual—remember: if you're on time, you're late.
  18. Be humble.
  19. Be infinitely curious.
  20. Work hard.