Alex Phillips

Alex Phillips served Smith Strong from 2016-2020, and now serves as in-house counsel with Capital One in Richmond, Virginia.

Alex Phillips served as an Attorney & Counselor at Law in the firm’s family law section.  His practice focused on the representation of clients in divorce, custody, support, and equitable distribution matters.  He is an experienced courtroom advocate and is as comfortable in the courtroom as he is at the negotiating table.  He represented clients throughout Central Virginia, from Richmond to Williamsburg.

Alex's practice focused on the following areas:

Premier Family Law, Divorce & Child Custody Representation

  • Divorce, Matrimonial Law, Family Law
  • Litigation in Trial Courts
  • Negotiated Settlements
  • Premarital and Postnuptial Agreements
  • Marital Settlement Agreements & Separation Agreements
  • Child Custody, Visitation & Support
  • Spousal Support & Alimony
  • Integrated Solutions for Wealth Management & Preservation
  • Parentage & Paternity Cases
  • Retirement Plans & Benefits
  • Property Division and Distribution
  • Adoption
  • Business Valuation
  • Military divorce
  • Post-Divorce Disputes
  • Appeals 
  • Child/Parent Relocation Cases

Juvenile & Domestic Relations-Related Criminal Defense Representation

  • Domestic Violence & Protective Order Hearing
  • Assault & Battery Charges

Alex graduated from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary, which is where he first discovered his passion for family law.  In law school, he was introduced to the practice of family law when he worked under the direction of founding attorney Van Smith to draft articles and news stories for the Smith Strong, PLC website. His interest in family law further developed during his participation in the William & Mary Family Law Clinic. In his work at the clinic he gained valuable experience while representing and advising clients of limited financial resources at the Williamsburg office of the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia.

Attorney Alex Phillips filming videoIn law school, Alex was also a member of the William and Mary Law Review and the Moot Court team.  He was a finalist in The Bushrod T. Washington Moot Court Tournament, a competition for William & Mary’s first-year law students.  During law school, he also gained practical experience working as an extern for The Honorable William G. Petty of The Court of Appeals of Virginia and as an intern for the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Fredericksburg. 

Prior to attending law school, Alex worked in a congressional office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and before that on a congressional campaign in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond, where he majored in Political Science with a minor in Law and the Liberal Arts.  As an undergraduate, he was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, a national political science honor society and was the President of his fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon. 

Alex currently resides in the Fan neighborhood of Richmond with his wife and three dogs.  He attends St. Bridget Catholic Church.  Outside of work he can generally be found walking his dogs around the neighborhood, watching the Washington Nationals / Redskins on television, or taking advantage of one of Richmond’s many festivals and museums. 


B.A., University of Richmond

J.D., William & Mary Law School






Nominated as an American Institute of Legal Advocates Rising Star in Family Law AIOLA (2018)



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Alex Phillips

Alex Phillips

  • Former Smith Strong Attorney
  • Smith Strong, PLC
  • 5803 Staples Mill Road Richmond, VA 23228
  • 804-325-1245