Robert R. Smith Forms Dallas Criminal Defense Firm With Seasoned Veterans; Criminal Bar Veteran Brings 29 Years of Experience to New Firm
Wednesday September 22, 11:04 am ET
DALLAS, Sept. 22 2004 LAWFUEL – Best attorney, law, legal, law firm newsFormer state and federal prosecutor Robert R. Smith, a 29-year veteran of the Dallas criminal bar, has joined as a name partner in the new criminal defense firm of Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl.
The Dallas-based firm will focus on representing business professionals, companies and individuals involved in white collar criminal investigations as witnesses, targets or defendants.
“I am very excited to be forming a firm with three of the most battle- tested criminal defense attorneys anywhere,” says Mr. Smith. “We are building a firm that will help clients navigate every type of investigation and criminal prosecution, regardless of the scope or location.”
Smith’s legal career began in 1975, when he was hired as an assistant district attorney by legendary former Dallas District Attorney Henry Wade. Smith rose through the ranks before eventually being named as a felony chief prosecutor.
In 1981, he left the D.A.’s office to join the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas. During his 12 years as a state and federal prosecutor, Smith handled numerous complex, high-profile multi- defendant cases.
Smith founded his successful private practice in 1987. During his 17 years as a defense attorney, Smith earned accolades for his work in bank fraud, securities fraud, tax fraud, money laundering and other white-collar crime cases. He has been listed as a “Texas Super Lawyer” for two consecutive years in Texas Monthly magazine.
At Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl, he continues his representation of professionals in investigations, grand jury proceedings and trials. Smith also frequently represents business professionals, organizations and individuals targeted by various state and federal agencies.
The other founding members of Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl are:
* Knox Fitzpatrick: Former General Counsel to the Governor of Texas, and Supervising Chief Felony Prosecutor under legendary Dallas District Attorney Henry Wade. Texas Monthly Super Lawyer.
* Dan Hagood: Special Prosecutor, fake drugs investigation, and former Supervising Chief Felony Prosecutor in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. Texas Monthly Super Lawyer.
* Michael J. Uhl: Former Assistant U.S. Attorney. 1999 Dallas Crime Commission Prosecutor of the Year.