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Justia Lawyer Rating
AV Preeminent
Avvo Client's Choice Award 2018
Avvo Rating 10 - Top Attorney
BBB Business Accredited
2019 Champion of Justice


Smith & White, PLLC appreciate the work and potential sacrifice of our service personnel. For this reason, we offer a 20% discount to active members and their immediate family. We also are usually willing to extend payments for a longer period to assist our service persons. If you feel you are a class of person, not a service person, but equally deserving of recognition for your service to our city, state or country, feel free to raise the issue with us. We have some discretion in granting the 20% discount.

Generally, we charge flat fees that are known before you make the decision to hire us. While individual cases vary depending on their likely complexity, generally we base fees on the class of the offense with misdemeanors costing less than felonies and Class A felonies costing more than Class B’s, which cost more than Class Cs. Our fees include our staff and investigator fees, so they are inclusive of all the fees you will pay to our firm.

Traditionally, attorneys charge hourly rates. We strongly believe this is part of why the public generally does not care for attorneys. With cases being very expensive, costs usually being for an unforeseen circumstance, and no specific outcome guaranteed, attorneys are perceived as adding insult to injury by drawing out cases for greater billable hours. Also, the attorney may withdraw before the case is resolved, despite being paid very high fees, because the client has run out of money. These leaves a bad taste as the client often feels that they have paid thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars for no result. We enjoy our jobs and do this work to help people. We prefer it when our clients have a good experience. Knowing what a case will cost is an important part of that, so we provide a legal flat fee to you from the start.

At your Case Assessment we will discuss the facts of your case, the applicable laws and your rights and responsibilities. And, to the extent possible, we will discuss anticipated ramification, outcomes and options so you can make an informed decision regarding how to proceed. All of these specific factors plus some additional issues will affect the final price for your case. Some cases may not be available on a flat fee basis in which case our hourly rate is $500/hr.

In some rare circumstances your attorney’s fees may be reimbursed to you. In a claim of self-defense in a case brought against you by the state (District or Superior Court but not Municipal Court), if the jury finds you not guilty and makes an additional finding that you were not guilty by reason of self-defense, your attorney can petition to have your legal fees reimbursed to you. Similarly, in an asset forfeiture case, if you “substantially prevail” than the hearing examiner or court should award to you all or some of your attorneys fees.

For your convenience, the Law Offices of Smith and White, PLLC accepts VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover, as well as debit cards.

Client Reviews
I was represented by James White and have been nothing but satisfied with the outcome. Jame is very efficient and eliminates much of the stress that the judicial system can place on an offender. I am very grateful to have such a great attorney and owe him my gratitude for helping me when times were rough. Not only is he professional, but he is also someone you can talk to on a personal level. I highly recommend James White and would undoubtedly use him again in the future. If you are in search of an attorney, do yourself a favor and have the law offices of Smith & White represent you. Mike D.
I contacted James after my charge for reckless endangerment, and right from the start he was informative and reassuring. James worked hard to get me the best possible outcome, and was always very quick to return a call or text. He was straightforward and honest with me about my case, explaining both the good and the bad in a way that was reassuring without being misleading. Overall, I highly recommend Smith and White to anyone who is looking for the most professional representation in their legal matters. Matthew B.
Attorney James White was a beacon of hope for me at a time when my options appeared limited and the likeness of a satisfactory resolution seemed close to nothing. Not only was he able to defend me in a specific sticky situation in which I hired him for, I felt as though he also went above and beyond in efforts to provide me with the best outcome possible. His calm and professional demeanor offered such a great assurance to myself and those I care about around me. I am completely grateful for his service and I most definitely recommend Mr. White. Leyasha J.
Derek Smith guided us through a troubling legal situation with absolute professionalism. This was my first experience with a trial situation and Mr. Smith was able to address all of my questions and concerns in a way that helped address some of the fear I had regarding the legal system. Mr. Smith was highly effective during the trial and the result ended up in our favor. Legal troubles are scary and it was great knowing we had a fantastic legal team on our side to help navigate the somewhat confusing situation. My wife and I emphatically recommend this law firm. Steve B.
Mr. Smith was wonderful to work with. He was professional, knowledgeable and effective!! He takes the time to listen, which is amazing and can be a hard quality to find! He is informative and straight forward, which I truly appreciate! He was quite helpful on another matter that I asked his advise on. Thank you!!! Melika