Craig Smith , Jr. - Smith & John

Craig Smith , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 318-219-1001

Craig was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1993.  He has been admitted to practice before the following courts:  U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit;  U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana; and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana.

He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Shreveport Bar Association, and Fifth Federal Circuit Bar Association.  He is also 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. He is currently a Master member of the Inn. The Inn is a group of select judges and lawyers dedicated to improving the skills, professionalism, and ethics of the bench and bar.

Craig has been selected for the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® © by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.  He has been listed as one of the top lawyers in the Shreveport-Bossier area in SB Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue ('04, '05, '06 '07, '08, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13, '14 & '15).

Craig is currently serving a 6th term in the House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar Association. Craig has chaired the Criminal Law Committee and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Shreveport Bar Association.

Craig has lectured numerous times on the subjects of "Expungements" and criminal law. Instructor, "Expungements: Recent Developments" CLE, Legal Services of North Louisiana, Inc., 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, Fall of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015.

Louisiana State University in ShreveportBS 1990Louisiana State University Law SchoolJ.D. 1993

Case History

Janski v. City of Shreveport, W.D.La., U.S.D.C. (2002)

This was a widely publicized case where an inmate in Shreveport City jail was beaten by another inmate. A Section 1983 action was filed against the City, including high ranking city officials, for the substandard conditions in the jail. As a result of persistent discovery after filing suit, the lawsuit was settled within 9 months of the incident for $4.9 million.

United States v. Edwin Edwards, et al., M.D.La., U.S.D.C., 2000

This was the largest and most notorious white collar trial in Louisiana. It started with a 96 page Indictment. This was the prosecution of Louisiana's former governor, Edwin Edwards, along with a State Senator, Gaming Board member and four of the governor's friends. The trial commenced on January 10, 2000, and ended May 13, 2000. Mr. Smith represented Ecotry Fuller, the Gaming Board member who was accused of using his power on the gaming board to effectuate the RICO charges made against the other defendants concerning the issuance of a gaming license to a casino. The trial lasted 4 months. The case was widely covered by the media, both state and national. There were approximately 27,000 recorded conversations from wiretaps and hidden microphones and tens of thousands of pages of discovery. Witnesses appeared from the IRS, FBI, Louisiana State Police, and high ranking state officials. Mr. Smith's client was acquitted, the State Senator was acquitted, and the remaining five defendants, including Governor Edwards, were convicted.

Client Comments

"Our organization has worked with Craig Smith over the past several years. We believe that our members are in capable hands with this attorney. He demonstrates a caring attitude and a strong work ethic. It is our pleasure to recommend him. "

-Jackie Lansdale
Caddo Federation of Teachers/SP

Office Location

3646 Youree Drive
Shreveport, LA 71105
United States

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense: General Practice
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
DUI/DWI Defense

Other Information

Gender: Male