James M. Smith has been practicing law for more than 37 years, concentrating in domestic relations law, particularly litigation. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts
on March 25, 1949. He was admitted to the Massachusetts bar and the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts in 1976; the U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit in 1980; the U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit in 1982; and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1984. He graduated from Tufts University (B.A. magna cum laude, 1971) and received his Juris Doctorate from Boston College in 1975. Attorney Smith was a Contributing Editor of The Massachusetts Family Law Journal. Since 1986, he has published several law review articles including "Confrontation and the Child Hearsay Statute," (The Massachusetts Family Law Journal, March 1993).
In 2015, Attorney Smith was on the faculty of the Cutting Edge Issues in Western Massachusetts Family Law. In 2014, Attorney Smith was on the faculty of the Sophisticated Issues in Western Massachusetts Family Law Practice and taught the program entitled "Tax Issues: Traps for the Unwary." In 2013, Attorney Smith was on the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Seminar "How to Try Divorce Cases in Massachusetts." In this program Attorney Smith taught other lawyers how to try divorce cases including the use of Experts such as C.P.A.'s, forensic accountants, business valuators and real estate appraisers. In 2009, Attorney Smith was on the faculty of the Continuing Legal Education Program "Evidence for the Civil Litigator," and in 2008, he was on the faculty of the "Experts in Residence Seminar: