Thomas Smith

Thomas SmithBorn, raised, and educated in Michigan, Thomas Smith has practiced law for over 20 years, predominately in the field of criminal law. As both a prosecutor and defense counsel, he has successfully prosecuted and defended literally thousands of criminal cases, from low-level misdemeanors to life-offense felonies.


Mr. Smith began his legal career as a trial attorney in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as a Captain and Judge Advocate (defense counsel). In that capacity, he handled hundreds of felony and misdemeanor cases before members panels (juries), military judges, and Administrative Discharge Boards at Camp Pendleton, California.


After fulfilling his commitment to the Marine Corps, Mr. Smith became an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office in Lansing, Michigan, where he prosecuted hundreds of criminal and civil infraction cases. After his tour as an assistant prosecutor, Mr. Smith became a criminal defense counsel with The Reynolds Law Firm, P.C., a prestigious criminal defense firm in Lansing. While there, Mr. Smith successfully defended hundreds of clients charged with misdemeanors, felonies, and civil infractions.


To further hone his research and writing skills, Mr. Smith became a Research Attorney with the Michigan Judicial Institute, a division of the Michigan Supreme Court. In that capacity, he authored and edited numerous legal Benchbooks and Monographs on substantive and procedural criminal law, including the influential Sexual Assault Benchbook (2002), the New Magistrate Traffic Adjudication Manual (2003), and various criminal procedure Monographs, which are distributed to all Michigan judges (including court staff), magistrates, prosecutors’ offices, and probation offices (click here for a list of benchbooks). In 2003, to take advantage of his research and writing and trial advocacy skills, Mr. Smith established his own law firm, The Smith Law Firm, P.L.L.C., which is dedicated to defending the accused in criminal and traffic matters—and in upholding the highest standards of integrity.


Finally, Mr. Smith is actively involved in Drug Courts. He is currently the designated defense attorney on the 20th Circuit Adult Drug Treatment Court (ADTC) Team.


Practice Areas: Criminal Trials; Traffic Matters; Liquor License Denial Hearings.
Admitted: 1991, Michigan Bar.
Law School: University of Detroit, J.D., 1990.
College: Michigan State University, B.A. (Business—Materials, Logistics, Management), 1983.
Military: U.S. Marine Corps, Captain, Judge Advocate, 1988-1995, 1988 (Officer Candidate School), 1992 (The Basic School; Naval Justice School), 1992-1995 (Fleet Marine Force).
Member: Michigan State Bar, Marine Corps Association, National Rifle Association.
Born: Detroit, Michigan, August 14, 1961.
  • Sexual Assault Benchbook, Michigan Supreme Court (2002)
  • New Magistrate Traffic Adjudication Manual, Michigan Supreme Court (2003)
  • Monograph: Preliminary Examinations (Revised Edition), Michigan Supreme Court (2003)
  • Monograph: Issuance of Complaints & Arrest Warrants/Issuance of Search Warrants (Revised Edition), Michigan Supreme Court (2003)
  • Scientific Evidence Guide Update by Federal Judicial Center, Michigan Supreme Court Report (August 2001)
  • The Frustrating Effects of Hills on Small Arms Marksmanship, Marine Corps Gazette (June 1999)
  • Waving Good-Bye to Juveniles, Ingham County Briefs (April 1998)
  • Professional Reading for the Profession of Violence, Marine Corps Gazette (April 1992)
  • Disarming America, Michigan Out-of-Doors (January 1990)
  • Hilly Hunting, Michigan Out-of-Doors (December 1989)
  • Lifting the Veil-The War in Afghanistan, In Brief (October 1988)
  • On Marine Culture

  • Guide to Vehicle Immobilization, Michigan Supreme Court (2002)
  • Monograph: Pretrial Motions (Revised Edition), Michigan Supreme Court (2001)