Dave Smith

Attorney at Law

James David (Dave) Smith is legendarily one of the most thorough and effective cross examiners and has been described by both Police Officers and Prosecutors as a “Nightmare” in the Courtroom. As a result, he is also one of the best Phoenix criminal attorneys in the State at getting amazing pre-trial deals for his clients.

Dave is one of Arizona’s most effective trial attorneys.

Dave’s unique talents were obvious, and he started his career after graduating cum laude from law school at one of Arizona’s largest criminal defense firms. After many years honing his craft, he found that the philosophy that the AZ Defenders espouses better fit his personal philosophy that more time dedicated to clients both explaining their cases with them and aggressively representing them in court lead to significantly better results.

Dave joined AZ Defenders in 2011 and has been creating thrilled clients here ever since. Dave is an active member of Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ), NACDL, NCDD.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Member

Best Lawyers Award Badge

BL Smith 2023