About the Richmond and Williamsburg Law Firm of Smith Strong, PLC

Firm History

Smith Strong, PLC began as an idea to provide world-class service as a boutique family law firm, serving individuals and their families.  Attorney Van Smith began Smith Strong, PLC with a five page website he made himself, an I-Phone, and a laptop in January 2012.


Highly trained staff, rigid development of systems, and dogged commitment to quality representation soon followed.  Growth was immediate and continued. 


Smith Strong, PLC has doubled in size each year since it’s founding, while expanding from just divorce and custody matters to also including sophisticated estate planning and elder law solutions.  It opened its Williamsburg branch in 2013, with each Richmond attorney devoting one day each week to the branch location.


Attorney Van Smith began with a small 7 foot by 8-foot office with no windows in January 2012, the size of a nice walk-in closet.  Three and a half years later, on August 20, 2015, he closed on an office building just west of Willow Lawn/Libbie Mill on Staples Mill.


We are richly blessed at Smith Strong, PLC.


Despite our growth, we keep our client membership per attorney small to ensure quality service.  Avvo.com has awarded Smith Strong, PLC its family law client satisfaction award in 2013, and 2015, and awarding attorney Van Smith a perfect 10 out of 10 rating in the areas of family law and estate planning.


In January 2015, the Richmond Times-Dispatch awarded attorney Van Smith its Reader’s Choice Award for local Attorney.

SMITH | STRONG, PLC offers exceptional family law and estate planning services to individuals from offices Richmond's West End and Williamsburg, Virginia.

SMITH | STRONG, PLC, focuses on protecting assets and preserving futures for individuals and their families at three critical transition points:  (1) separation/divorce; (2) estate planning/retirement; and (3) elder law/avoiding unnecessary nursing home and long-term care costs.

Smith Strong is widely known for its use of a team approach to support each client, keeping family law and estate planning solutions cost-effective and goal oriented.  We implement this team approach with carefully selected staff that maintains our commitment to service, delivering complete solutions for our clients. 

For many of our clients, this is their first time in a law office; therefore, we make every effort to ensure each client is as comfortable as possible.   

The SMARTSTART comprehensive new client preparation meeting establishes the goals the client has for the representation and allows the attorney to outline the plan of action to reach those client-centered goals.  This includes candid analysis of the strengths—and weaknesses—of the client’s case in family law matters.  And the benefits (and unintended downsides) of various estate planning options.

Clients often comment that they have peace of mind leaving our office after that first meeting.  We’d like to think it’s the connection we make with each client in part due to the small size of our firm.  Probably greater than the connection made, however, is the plan of action established during that first meeting.  

Becoming a client-member of our firm really means you are becoming part of our firm’s extended family, as we introduce each new client-member to the team that will assist them through the transition—the attorney, client services specialist and paralegal.

To meet our firm’s mission, we hold weekly meetings each Monday, reviewing the status and ensuring each matter is maintaining its momentum and reaching the goals set forth in that initial SMARTSTART comprehensive case preparation meeting.

Our lead attorney and founder, Van Smith, typically ends each weekly meeting with a reminder of our firm’s mission and commitment.  In January, he reminded his team, “We are a service-based company, first, that just so happens to also practice family law at the highest level in Virginia.”

So, Who Is Strong?  The story of how Smith Strong, PLC got its name

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So, who is Strong?

In creating an innovative law firm, we had to begin with our name.  The Law Offices of Van Smith, in my view, had two problems: 

(1) No one ever gets Van right.  "Dan?  Ben?  Oh, Van, really, that's your real name?  Is that a family name?  [yes and yes, by the way]; and

(2) It was uninteresting.  Everyone, it seems, lists their practice as Law Offices of . . . . 

Faced with these two issues, I took a walk.  A long walk. 

I thought about the spirit of the firm--what we hoped to bring to our clients and what we valued as a firm.  I thought about encouraging words that I had shared with my clients in difficult moments.  I thought about innovative companies that I admire:  Apple, Amazon, and Google, unusual names indeed.

I thought about difficult moments to get to where I am today--setbacks and struggles.  I thought about the condition of our economy right now.  I thought about how most people, when they meet with me, need strength for the journey ahead.

I looked up, and said aloud, "Strong." 

Smith Strong, PLC is solely owned and operated by attorney Van Smith.

H. Van Smith
Trusted Virginia Family Law Attorney Serving Richmond to Williamsburg