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.
Member – Order of Kivett
Recognized as a “Rising Star” by North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine in 2009
Recognized by The National Advocacy for DUI Defense Top 100 DWI attorney in North Carolina, 2014
Recognized by The National Trial Attorneys Top 100 National Trial attorneys, 2014
Business Magazine Legal Elite, 2014
Included in Best Lawyers in America Non-White Collar Criminal Defense Section, since 2016
Included in Best Lawyers in America DUI/DWI Defense Section, 2018
Included in North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2018
DUI/DWI Defense Lawyer of the Year – Raleigh Metropolitan Area; Best Lawyers in America, 2020
Best Lawyers,Criminal Defense: General Practice, DUI / DWI Defense, 2021
Norman A. Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University
Juris Doctor, 1999
Trial Advocacy Program, book award winner
School’s National Trial Team
Order of Kivett
University of North Carolina
Bachelor of Arts, English, 1991
North Carolina State Bar 1999
Wake County Bar Association
Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers
North Carolina Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section Member
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
American Bar Association, former member
American Judicature Society
Wake County Bar Association, Membership Directory Committee
Co-founder Appalachian Designs, 1993 Furniture designed by Roger W. Smith, Jr.
Raymond Cook gets three years in prison for DWI wreck, News and Observer, 2/26/11
Jurors wrestle with Raleigh DWI case, News and Observer, 2/26/11
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