Justin Bradford Smith

Justin Bradford Smith

Temple, Texas

Justin is a dedicated appellate attorney from San Antonio. He did his undergraduate work at The University of Texas at Austin and received his law degree from Baylor University School of Law. Before relocating to Central Texas where his wife grew up, he practiced in Texarkana in both Texas and Arkansas and focused on litigation and appeals.

As an appellate attorney, Justin has obtained several reversals for clients, and is experienced in appellate oral argument. His appellate practice has included the Third, Sixth, Seventh, Tenth, Eleventh, and Fourteenth Courts of Appeals, as well as the Court of Criminal Appeals and the Arkansas Court of Appeals. He is committed to providing the best appellate representation possible.

Justin is a member of the Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas, a graduate of Leadership State Bar of Texas, a graduate of Leadership Academy State Bar of Arkansas, the current President-Elect of the Bell County Young Lawyers Association, and a member of the Bar Leaders for Justice Committee of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation. He is a past President of the Texarkana Young Lawyer Association, a past member of the Texas Pattern Jury Charges-Criminal Committee, and has been a guest lecturer, guest speaker and Teen Court judge. His work with the Texarkana Young Lawyers Association earned him statewide recognition with the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the State Bar of Texas. He has done pro bono work with Lone Star Legal Aid, and is a part of the Third Court of Appeals Appellate Pro Bono program.

Justin's wife also practices law, and they have two sons and a daughter. They attend Christ the King Catholic Church in Belton.

Areas of Practice

  • Appeals
  • Civil Litigation
  • Business Entities, Nonprofit Organizations (501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4))

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2010
  • Arkansas, 2011


  • Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
    • J.D. - 2010
    • Honors: “High A” in Post-Trial Procedure and Supreme Court Seminar
    • Honors: Dean’s List –Fall 2007, Winter 2008, Fall 2009, Winter 2009
  • The University of Texas at Austin
    • Bachelor of Arts in English - 2005
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Eta Sigma

Representative Cases

  • Kennedy DeWayne Riley v. State, No. 447 S.W.3d 918 (Tex. App.—Texarkana 2014, no pet.)
  • Don Parr Bosworth v. State of Texas, 422 S.W.3d 759 (Tex. App.—Texarkana 2013, pet. denied)
  • Billy Wayne Speights v. State, No. 06-12-00137-CR, 2014 WL 1246074 (Tex. App.—Texarkana March 26, 2014, pet. granted (State’s) and pet. denied)
  • Reginald Reece v. State, No. 06–13–00082–CR, 2014 WL 1851322 (Tex. App.—Texarkana May 6, 2014, no pet.)
  • Brandy Lashay Cooks v. State, No. No. 06–12–00149–CR, 2013 WL 2456346 (Tex. App.—Texarkana June 5, 2013, pet. denied)
  • Mark Dolph v. State, No. 06-13-00029-CR, 440 S.W.3d 898 (Tex. App.—Texarkana 2013, pet. denied)
  • Tarsha Lasha Simmons v. State, No. No. 06–13–00060–CR, 2013 WL 6727870 (Tex. App.—Texarkana Dec. 20, 2013, no pet.)
  • Quadreuy Flowers v. State, 438 S.W.3d 96 (Tex. App.—Texarkana 2014, pet. denied)
  • Willie Lee Harper v. State, 2014 WL 4258124 (Tex. App.—Texarkana Aug. 29, 2014, no pet. h.)
  • Devon Strong v. State of Texas, No. 06–11–00100–CR, 2012 WL 4044725 (Tex. App.—Texarkana Sept. 14, 2012, pet. denied)
  • Mitchell Hollis Wright v. State, Nos. 03-14-00468-CR and 03-14-00469-CR; Third Court of Appeals, Austin
  • Alexis Marie Ireland v. State, Nos. 03-14-00615-CR and 03-14-00616-CR; Third Court of Appeals, Austin
  • Sherill Ann Small v. State, No. 03-14-00768-CR; Fourteenth Court of Appeals, Houston
  • Lane Andrew Pickle v. State, No. 03-14-00770-CR; Seventh Court of Appeals, Amarillo
  • In re: P.M.G., 405 S.W.3d 406, (Tex. App.—Texarkana 2013)
  • Russell v. Coward, No. 10–12–00158–CV, 2014 WL 5093990 (Tex. App.—Waco Oct. 9, 2014, no pet.)
  • Joseph Scanlon v. Real Star Property Management, No. 11-14-00082-CV, 2014 WL 5801516 (Tex. App.—Eastland Oct. 31, 2014, no pet.)
  • T.M. v. Texas Department of Family Protective Services, No. 03-14-00784-CV; Third Court of Appeals, Austin
  • Jerry Hofrock v. Judy Hornsby, 03-14-00505-CV; Third Court of Appeals, Austin
  • Bosworth v. State, PD-0317-13
  • Cooks v. State, PD-0961-13
  • Dolph v. State, PD-0086-14
  • Speights v. State, PD-0543-14
  • Harper v. State, PD-1250-14 and PD-1251-14
  • Gary Sharp v. James Sharp, 2014 Ark. App. 645, No. CV-14-100


  • Presented Appellate CLE for the 2014 Fall Bench/Bar Conference in Bell County
  • Teen Court of Texarkana, Volunteer Judge, 2010 - 2012
  • Guest Lecturer on Evidence, Liberty-Eylau Independent School District’s Youth Court Program
  • Guest Speaker, Pleasant Grove High School “Business Success Seminar” in Fall, 2012
  • Guest Speaker, Texarkana Legal Assistants Association, 2012

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Young Lawyers Association Local Affiliates Award of Achievement Competition, 2012 - 2013
  • Received, along with Norton & Wood, LLP, the “Excellence in Pro Bono Award” for 2011-2012 from Lone Star Legal Aid
  • Official Delegate to the 2011 Bar Leaders Conference on behalf of the Texarkana Young Lawyers Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Texas State Bar, Member
  • Arkansas State Bar, Member
  • Texas Pattern Jury Charges—Criminal Committee, Member, 2013 - 2014
  • Bar Leaders for Justice Committee, Part of the Texas Access to Justice Commission, Member, 2012 - 2015
  • Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Bell County Bar Association, Member
  • Bell County Young Lawyers Association, President-Elect, 2014 - 2015
  • Texarkana Young Lawyers Association, Past President and President-Elect, 2011 - 2013
  • Leadership Texarkana, Graduate, 2011 - 2012
  • Leadership Academy of the Arkansas Bar Association, Graduate, 2013 - Present
  • Leadership State Bar of Texas, Graduate, 2012 - 2013

Past Employment Positions

  • Norton & Wood, L.L.P., Texarkana, Texas, Associate Attorney, 2010 - 2014
  • Harrell & Stoebner, P.C., 2014

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member of Third Court of Appeals Appellate Pro Bono Program
  • Pro Bono Attorney for Lone Star Legal Aid, 2010 - 2013


  • English