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Joshua Smith, Esq.
Joshua Smith, founder and owner of Smith LLC, was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  In 1999, at only 18 years of age, he received his Bachelor's Degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a recipient of both the University Scholar Award and the Chancellor's Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship.  He initially chose to pursue his formal legal education at the University of Pittsburgh as well, and completed his first year of study at the top of his class.  Although he had been offered membership on the University of Pittsburgh Law Review for his outstanding academic performance, he did not believe that he was receiving enough of a challenge there; accordingly, he chose to transfer to Cornell Law School, an ivy-league institution located in Ithaca, New York. 

Once at Cornell, Joshua quickly made his presence known by becoming the first person in the law school's history to successfully "write-on" to the Cornell Law Review (i.e., to be offered membership in the organization based solely on the strength of his written work).  He rapidly earned a reputation as an elite Moot Court competitor as well, not only for his unanimous victory in the 2003 Cornell Winter Cup Moot Court Competition, but also for receiving the Kaiser Award for Best Brief in every single one of the three moot court competitions he entered while at Cornell (2002 Winter Cup, 2003 Cuccia Cup, and 2003 Winter Cup).  In mid-2002, Joshua received national recognition for his writing talent when he was awarded first-prize in the American Bar Association's 2002 William S. Greenhalgh Fourth Amendment Essay Competition for his entry entitled "Toward the Manufacturing of Privacy: Forcing Big Brother to Play the Fool and Other Proposals for Fourth Amendment Change in Cyberspace."  Later that same year, he was published in Volume 87 of the Cornell Law Review for his work entitled "The Craziest Reform of Them All: A Critical Analysis of the Constitutional Implications of 'Abolishing' the Insanity Defense."  Since its publication, the piece has been referenced in LaFave & Scott's Criminal Law, the most comprehensive and authoritative multi-volume criminal law treatise in use today, and has received uniform praise from both nationally-known organizations as well as individual members of the legal academy.  In Joshua's final semester of law school, he was selected for a highly-coveted constitutional law research internship position with J. Gregory Sidak, a Resident Scholar and economist at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.  In May of 2003, Joshua received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, cum laude, from Cornell at the extraordinarily young age of 22. 

After receiving his J.D. degree, Joshua began his practice of law as an Associate for the New York office of one of the most prestigious law firms in the world, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where he had also previously worked as a Summer Associate during the summer between his second and third years of law school.  After receiving invaluable experience and guidance at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, he decided to return to his hometown of Pittsburgh, where he first became Manager of Office and Legal Affairs, and later General Counsel, of Computer Fellows Inc.  In mid-2009, he opened his own law practice, Smith LLC, which, to this day, continues to make waves with its unique reputation for providing to its individual and organizational clients an elite-caliber, genuinely cost-efficient choice for the entrustment of their most critical and sensitive legal matters. 

           
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