Every single day, everybody at Smith & Lee comes into the office with one goal: to take care of our clients. Whether that means answering questions and easing concerns, fighting with an insurance company for fair compensation, or zealously challenging prosecutors in a courtroom, we never lose sight of why we are here and why we do what we do.
Our attorneys and staff have extensive experience, unrivaled commitment to our clients’ well-being, and compassion and understanding for the challenges they are facing. This combination has led to a track record of positive results for our personal injury, criminal defense, and business litigation clients. We look forward to the opportunity to assist you.
G. David Smith
G. David Smith is a principal of the firm. David grew up in the panhandle town of Muleshoe, Texas. He attended college at Odessa College and the University of Texas at the Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas. While in college, David was a nationally ranked debater. After graduating with honors from UTPB, David pursued a law degree at Texas Tech University School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1983. David is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and has been Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1990.
David has been selected as a Super Lawyer by Texas Super Lawyers six times and has earned that distinction recently in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
David is active in community functions and organizations. He is a past president of the Rockwall Bar Association and is a director of the Rockwall Bar Foundation. David serves on the board of directors of the Rockwall Housing Development Corporation, which provides affordable housing to income challenged families. He serves on the Board for the Rockwall Grace Clinic which serves the medical needs of uninsured residents of Rockwall. David is on the City of Rockwall Board of Review and has served as a committee member of the City of Rockwall Charter Review Commission.
David resides in Rockwall, Texas with his wife, Diane. They have four grown children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. They enjoy spending time with the family at their lake home in Athens, Texas.
Ryan K. Lee
A principal of the firm, Ryan Lee was born and raised in Rockwall. After graduating Rockwall High School, he moved to San Diego, California, where he attended and graduated from San Diego State University. Ryan earned his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2009. Ryan has been selected as a Rising Star by the Texas Super Lawyers in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Ryan served as General Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee for the Texas Senate in 2013, and is a member of the Texas Bar Association, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is also a charter member of the Rockwall County Criminal Defense Bar Association, was admitted into the American Association of Justice in 2011, and is a member of the State Bar College which requires its members to complete double the amount of continuing legal education required by the State Bar of Texas.
Ryan, his wife Christina, and their two sons live in Rockwall, where he spends most of his free time chasing those two sons around, watching football, and trying to get in the occasional mud run.
Jury Consultant and Witness Development Coordinator
Diane Smith is a jury consultant and witness development coordinator. Diane has over 20 years of experience in jury studies. She performs focus group studies for the firm so that the issues of a given case can be clarified and tested before trial commences. She also assists witnesses in learning the rigors of testimony and teaches them to communicate information effectively to a jury or judge. Diane previously worked with the firm of Courtroom Intelligence, Inc., a premiere legal support company. Diane is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Diane graduated with honors from the Southeastern Paralegal Institute. She obtained her Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Texas at the Permian Basin and her Master’s Degree in Counseling, with honors, from Texas A&M University at Commerce.
Interpreter and Translator
Christina Lee works with the firm as a Spanish-language interpreter and translator. Christina assists non-English speaking clients and witnesses to better understand the legal issues in their case and interprets for them during legal proceedings. Christina also translates foreign language documents and prepares communications with courts and counsel in international matters. Christina obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from San Diego State University and her Master’s Degree in Education from Texas A&M University at Commerce. She also teaches bilingual education for the Rockwall Independent School District.