Our Clients Say It Best: Smith Strong Law Firm Delivers Outstanding Legal Services

I am always grateful when clients write thank you notes and leave satisfied scores on legal rating websites.  Of course, results vary and past performance does not provide any guarantee for future cases, or your case in particular.  But I’d be personally leery of becoming involved with an attorney with less than positive reviews. Wouldn’t you? 

These reviews were left on my public Avvo profile, emailed to our firm, or directly sent to us from this website.

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  • Reader raves that divorce and custody book helped her through a daunting process

    "Divorce and Custody in Virginia written by H. Van Smith works as an excellent tutorial, guiding you through the anxious and daunting process of divorce and child custody in the state of Virginia. The book details the “what if’s”, detailing worse case scenarios. What if your ex-spouse is trying to get custody of the children? What if your ex-spouse is overtly hostile, inflammatory, deceitful, manipulative, even launching a campaign to make you look like a bad parent both in the eyes of your children and the law? Entering a divorce is difficult but going through a custody battle throws your life in a warzone. Smith’s book navigates you through this tenuous process with careful, thoughtful steps on what to expect. Mr. Smith’s “Marquis of Success” is garnered from his experience as one of Virginia’s most winning attorneys in family court law (as evidenced by client accounts in his book), granting you powerful skills that will help you maintain healthy relationships with your kids, fight unfair accusations, and uphold your rights as a parent." HUNDRED STAR REVIEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Amazon.com review  

    Elizabeth St. Michel, June 10, 2017
  • Your books and conversations on divorce and estate laws make these aspects of life less intimidating.

    Van, thanks for spending time with me on my divorce case and next steps. It was very kind of you to take interest in my family/parent challenges. You just can't expain the time [it takes] when it comes to transitioning the elderly from the hospital/rehab/long-term care and all the financial management that comes with it. Just know that you've been an inspiration to me. The information, your books and conversations on divorce and estate laws make these aspects of life less intimidating. At the right time, I'd love to talk more about how my experience with the elderly, grants, insurance, etc. might complement your materials on estate planning.  I'll be in touch soon when we can move my case "off hold". 

    Lisa C., age 54, Henrico County, Technology Executive
  • Jamie was very good about walking me through the process, she was very responsive, always followed up.

    Jamie was very good about walking me through the process, she was very responsive, always followed up. Once I provided her with the information she was able to quickly draw up a separation agreement, which she also went over with me in detail. I will happily recommend her to family & friends, although I hope they never need her services!

    Gina, 2017 family law client
  • Jamie and her team are awesome. She represented our family and we were very pleased with the outcome.

    Jamie and her team are awesome. She represented our family and we were very pleased with the outcome. Jamie is highly responsive, sharp, energetic and quick on her feet.

    Andrew, 2017 client
  • She will treat your case with special attention and not make you feel like you're just a name on a file.

    Jamie is a driven and hard working attorney. An expert in the field of family law. She will treat your case with special attention and not make you feel like you're just a name on a file.

    David, 2017 client
  • Trust me, she knows what she is doing and is highly respected and well known in legal circles and courthouses in Virginia.

    I knew nothing about getting a military divorce. Married 20+ years out of state, a full time working Mom of 3, I didn't know what I was entitled to [IF I wanted those things], how to negotiate during mediation [what is REALLY important to me - stay focused], or how to remain civil when an uncontested divorce turns contested. Not once was I caught unware of the process, the paperwork, or her expectations of me. I needed someone not just smart and stylish, I wanted someone who would be honest and straight forward with me about all things. Trust was instant which is rare for me and along the process I had, and she did too, remind me I paid HER for her expertise, knowledge, and sound advice - especially when my feelings got in the way of her REASONABLE sound advice. I could not be happier with my outcome or more complimentary of the legal services provided, professionalism extended, and knowledge base known by Mrs. Jaime Allgood. She works the process in your favor, listening to what you want and knowing what you're entitled to, but never leading you on. Listen to her advice, communicate openly and honestly with her, and allow her to fully represent you. Trust me, she knows what she is doing and is highly respected and well known in legal circles and courthouses in Virginia. I highly recommend her, give her a call!!

    La'Shawn, 2017 military divorce client
  • She is very well informed and quite knowledgable.

    She is very well informed and quite knowledgable. She treated us extremely well and we very much appreciate how interested she was in our very complex and difficult case. We are much more at ease after consulting with Jamie. We have sought several advise, but Jamie's was the most informative, transparent and objective we have ever recieved. She was sensitive, caring and respectful. I am so glad to have met her and so appreciative of her time and effort.  Her advice brought peace and serenity back to my family. God bless you Jamie. You are an angel.  Thank you so much

    Anonymous, 2016 client
  • Jamie and her team at Smith Strong, PLC provided an excellent service.

    Jamie and her team at Smith Strong, PLC provided an excellent service. Very pleased how Jamie is so professional, polite, respectful, knowledgeable and immediately recognized my concerns in my divorce case. Always kept me informed how the case was moving along and took care of my case from start to finish, didn't have to worry about anything had the confident and peace my case was in good hands. Strongly recommend.

    Sue, 2016 divorce client
  • Her compassion and empathy along with her professionalism always made me feel like I was not "just another case".

    I was very pleased that I hired Jamie for my case. She always presented various possible outcomes to the different issues that came up so I was not unprepared when it happened. She was always quick to respond to my questions and I felt like she was "just a phone call away". Jamie is very easy to talk to and this was extremely important to me. Her compassion and empathy along with her professionalism always made me feel like I was not "just another case".

    Janice, 2016 client
  • She is very dedicated and efficient.

    Jamie has been my lawyer for almost a year now. I loved her from the moment I decided to work with her. She is very dedicated and efficient. I am always impressed with how quickly she gets back to me and solves all issues I throw at her very quickly. I can tell she truly cares about taking care of me. She makes herself available whenever needed and has gone above and beyond with everything she has done. I cannot say enough about how wonderful she is as a person and an attorney. I will never look anywhere else for my legal needs. I highly recommend her, you will not be disappointed.

    Ashlyn, 2016 family law client
  • Jamie Allgood is a very smart and compassionate family attorney who knows her stuff.

    Jamie Allgood is a very smart and compassionate family attorney who knows her stuff. She was excellent in dealing with my case and any issues that had come up she dealt with them in a timely and compassionate manner. She was always available on the phone/email and responded to my queries promptly. Above all she is a great human being who genuinely cares for her clients. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an attorney.

    Autumn, 2017 family law client
  • ...efficiently drafted the documents exactly as we had discussed.

    I hired Jamie for a will and trust. She was incredibly professional, kind, and very easy to work with. Most importantly, however, she treated my family and me with utmost respect. Her passion for serving clients was obvious, and she quickly and efficiently drafted the documents exactly as we had discussed. I recommend her without hesitation or reservation.

    Anonymous, 2016 Estate Planning client
  • He was very thorough and attentive during our initial consult.

    Alex was great with our case. He was very thorough and attentive during our initial consult. He listened to our needs and did what we wanted to do, not what he wanted. He did give recommendations and we listened. Our case was handled quickly and efficiently and settled out of court like we had hoped. I recommend Alex to everyone. Great people!

    Anonymous client, 2016
  • I couldn't say enough good things about Alex Phillips.

    Alex Phillips helped me come to an agreement with my ex husband regarding child support and custody so I was able to avoid two court appearances. Alex was always available. He responded to emails and calls quickly. He communicated with my often unpleasant ex about the case so I didn't have to. He and his paralegal were always kind and accomodating. Alex went far beyond what I asked from him and actually cared about me as a person. His office was an hour away from me and he was still able to get everything done for me before my court dates and I only hand to go to the office for our initial consultation. I have already recommended him to my friends and family and told them it's worth the short trip. Even after my case was finished, he gave me further advice and made suggestions about how to handle my legal situation in the future (and he didnt even bill me for that). I couldn't say enough good things about Alex Phillips.

    Anonymous, 2016 Hampton, VA family law client
  • ..there are lawyers who go above and beyond the call and Alex is one of those lawyers.

    When you need legal representation, most lawyers can provide the services being rendered. However, there are lawyers who go above and beyond the call and Alex is one of those lawyers. Not only is Alex knowledgeable, capable, and transparent but his work ethic epitomizes a successful lawyer who, despite the nature of your case, is optimistic and caring. I went into my case with a feeling of uncertainty and fear of which some lawyers would have sought to profitable gain. Alternatively, Alex upon our first consultation provided a peace of mind and confidence that transcend throughout his diligent work on my case. Smith Strong [sic] should be just as proud as I am to have Alex on their team. If you want true legal representation and a peace of mind, I highly recommend Alex Phillips.

    Lee, 2017 Williamsburg client