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John C. Smith

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Office: 520.790.5433
Fax: 520.790.5736
[email protected]

Practice Areas:

Corporate Restructuring and Reorganization
Commercial and Civil Litigation
Creditor's Rights Litigation

First and foremost, John C. Smith believes in service before self and has served as a pilot in the National Guard for the past 15 years and was sworn-in shortly after the attacks on 9/11/01.

John's practice focuses primarily on civil and commercial litigation, secured transactions, bankruptcy and corporate reorganization.   John is married to Jan Leavitt Smith. They have three children—Elizabeth, Jacob and Owen—and currently reside in Tucson.  A second generation Arizonan, Mr. Smith was born and raised in Phoenix.  He attended Brophy College Preparatory School prior to college. In addition to practicing law and serving our country as a Major in the Arizona Air National Guard, John and his family own and operate a 860-acre farm, vineyard and winery in Pima and Graham County, Arizona.

Bar Admissions

  • Alaska Supreme Court, 2003;
  • Arizona Supreme Court, 2004
  • United States District Court for the District of Arizona, 2004
  • United States District Court for the District of Alaska, 2008

Education and Honors

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona
Juris Doctor, May 2003
Substantial Research Paper:  Prosecuting the Corporation—Ramifications of Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, May 1998
Varsity Member, University of Washington Golf Team (NCAA Division I)
Editor, Bricolage: A Literary Journal

Public Service and Community Involvement

  • Arizona Women Lawyer Association, 2016 to present
  • Arizona Minority Bar Association, 2016 to present
  • Arizona Pilots' Association
  • Arizona Wine Growers' Association, Vice President, 2015 to present
  • Best Practices Committee- State Bar of Arizona on Bankruptcy,
  • State Bar of Arizona – Legal Services for Veterans, 2011 to present
  • Pima County Lawyer Referral Service, 2014 to present
  • Pima County Bar, Judge Pro Tem, 2016 to present

Military Experience

161st Air Refueling Wing, Arizona Air National Guard, Phoenix, Arizona
Aircraft Commander KC-135 (Jul 2011—Present)

144th Airlift Squadron, Alaska Air National Guard, Anchorage, Alaska

Command Pilot C-130H2 (Jun 2002—Jul 2011)
A combat-tested C-130 pilot, John has deployed to Afghanistan twice (2007 and 2009), flying more than 120 combat sorties in support of military, counter-insurgency, humanitarian, and special operations missions.  During his 2009 deployment, John served as de facto executive officer, ensuring all U.S. Central Air Forces (CENTAF) requirements and documentation for approximately 30 deployed aircrew of his unit were satisfied—ensuring timely promotion for all personnel.

Articles and Publications

  • Article for Pima County Bar Association Journal, The Writ, Appeared October 2011, p.16
  • Competence: In the Age of Google
  • Federal Bar Association Case Summaries, 2013 to present
  • Norton Annual Circuit Review Writer, 2013- present
  • Best Practice Committee, State Bar of Arizona Bankruptcy Section, Guidelines

About Our Firm

We are a minority owned, Tucson based law firm. We are frank and responsive in providing intelligent services which afford the best possible outcomes for our clients.