Fourth Circuit Court
Judge Philip E. Smith graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in May of 1988. In October of 1988, Judge Smith went to work for the Office of the District Attorney General for the Twentieth Judicial District. In September 1990, Judge Smith joined the Norman Law Offices and remained there until March of 2001. In March 2001, Judge Smith, along with Phillip Robinson and Teresa Webb Oglesby began their own law practice.
Judge Smith’s practice consisted primarily of family law matters, including divorce, child support matters, custody and visitation matters, antenuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements, grandparent visitation cases and domestic mediation.
In 2008, Judge Smith was inducted as a “Fellow” in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. In 2007 and 2008, Judge Smith was listed in “Best Lawyers in America” in the Family Law category. In 2008, “Mid-South Super Lawyers” listed Judge Smith, along with 24 other lawyers from the Mid-South (Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee) as a “Super Lawyer” in the Family Law category.
In January 2009, Judge Smith became board certified as a Family Law Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Judge Smith is currently a “Fellow” with the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Judge Smith previously served as a hearing committee member on The Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee.
Judge Smith is a member of the American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association and the Nashville Bar Association. Judge Smith is a “Fellow” in the Nashville Bar Foundation and a member of the Tennessee Trial Judges Association.
Judge Smith is currently a member of the Harry Phillips American Inn of Court.
On March 18, 2009, Judge Smith was appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen as Judge of the Fourth Circuit Court of Davidson County, Tennessee, to replace Judge Muriel Robinson upon her retirement. In August of 2010, Judge Smith was elected by popular vote to serve the balance of Judge Robinson’s term.