Craig Smith Attorney at Law
Craig has been selected for the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® © by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C. He has been previously selected for the prior year\'s editions from 2007-2021.
Craig has also been selected for inclusion in the 2022 Louisiana Super Lawyers® list. Super Lawyers is part of Thomson Reuters. He has been previously selected for the prior years of 2017-2021.
Additionally, Craig has been listed as one of the top lawyers in the Shreveport-Bossier area in SB Magazine\'s "Top Lawyers" issue (2004-2022).
He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and Fifth Federal Circuit Bar Association. He has been a Master Member of the Harry V. Booth and Henry A. Politz Chapter of the American Inns of Court. Craig was invited to join the Inn as an Associate member in 1998. Since then, he has advanced to a Barrister Member and then a Master member. The Inn is a group of select judges and lawyers dedicated to improving the skills, professionalism, and ethics of the bench and bar. (1998-2012)
Craig will be serving a tenth term for the 2022-2024 term in the House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar Association for the First Judicial District Court which encompasses all of Caddo Parish. (Prior terms: \'02-\'04. \'04-\'06, \'06-\'08, \'08-\'10, \'10-\'12, \'12-\'14, \'14-\'16, \'16-\'18, and \'18-\'20.) The House of Delegates is the policy making body of the Louisiana State Bar Association. Craig has chaired the Criminal Law Committee of the Shreveport Bar Association, and he has chaired the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee which handled grievances by clients against their attorneys.
Craig has lectured numerous times on the subjects of "Expungements" and criminal law. Instructor, "DWI Defense," Shreveport Bar Association December CLE By The Hour, December 15, 2021; Instructor, "Expungements," Legal Services of North Louisiana, Inc. Recent Developments CLE, November 2015; Instructor, "Expungements," Legal Services of North Louisiana, Inc. Recent Developments CLE, September 2014; Instructor, "DWI Seminar," Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, October 2011. Instructor, "Art of Criminal Law," Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, October 2010. Instructor, "Criminal Law," Shreveport Bar Association CLE, December 2007. Instructor, "Criminal Law," Shreveport Bar Association CLE, December 2006. Instructor, "Criminal Law," Shreveport Bar Association CLE, December 2003. Instructor/Author, "Expungements," Shreveport Bench-Bar Conference 2000. Craig also teaches the certificate course "Paralegal of Criminal Litigation" at Louisiana State University in Shreveport and has done so during the Fall of 2010-2019 and 2021 semesters.
Craig was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He graduated from Loyola College Prep in 1985. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Louisiana State University-Shreveport in 1990. He attended law school at Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he graduated in 1993.
Craig was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1993, and since then, he has been admitted to practice before the following courts: U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana; and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana.
He is a past board member of the Young Lawyer\'s Section of the Shreveport Bar Association. He has served as a Teen Court Judge and has volunteered his time as a Teen Court Advisor and to KTBS-3\'s "Call a Lawyer" program. He has given his time to area high school mock trial competitions. Craig has also served on the St. Joseph\'s Parish Finance Council as Vice-president and as a council member.
Craig is married to Mary Ann, and they have two sons Craig III and Jack, and a daughter, Mary Kathryn.
Craig practices throughout North Louisiana in the following cities and parishes: Shreveport, Blanchard, Mooringsport, Greenwood, Vivian, Caddo Parish, Bossier City, Benton, Plain Dealing, Haughton, Bossier Parish, Minden, Springhill, Cullen, Webster Parish, Mansfield, Stonewall, DeSoto Parish, Arcadia, Bienville Parish, Ruston, Lincoln Parish, Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Coushatta, Red River Parish, Homer, Claiborne Parish, Many, and Sabine Parish.
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Primary Areas of Practice: Criminal Litigation & Expungements, DWI, DUI, Driver\'s License Suspensions, Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Claims & Litigation, and General Civil Litigation.