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Terry Bays Smith

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Terry Bays Smith is a 1989 graduate of the University Of Arizona, College of Law. After graduation, Ms. Smith served as a prosecutor for a period of eight years, thus has many years of aggressive trial experience. In 1998 Ms. Smith was selected by the Governor of Arizona to serve as his Director for the Governor's Office of Children. In this capacity, served as an interagency coordinator for all children, youth and family programs within the state; acted as a liaison between state government and community and neighborhood organizations serving children. Ms. Smith assisted the Governor's staff in evaluating and improving the effectiveness of state agencies and systems dealing with children and families. Ms. Smith served on the Governor. Juvenile Justice Reformation Commission, Interagency Coordinating Council For Infants  Toddlers, Juvenile Justice Advisory Council, Arizona Safe Kids Coalition, Greater Phoenix Child Abuse Prevention Council and Arizona Juvenile Justice Commission as the Executive Director. Ms. Smith also served on the Joint Legislative Committee on School Safety, Court Improvement Project and Child Welfare Ad Hoc Committee.

In 1999, Ms. Smith formed a private practice focusing her practice in the area of family law, including divorce, paternity, child support, enforcement issues, legal decision making authority, relocation, grandparent rights and post decree modification matters. Ms. Smith is the managing family law attorney at Smith Law Office, P.C. where she is solely responsible for overseeing family law cases from the initial client consultation to the point of ultimate settlement or court litigation.

In addition to her work at Smith Law Office, P.C. Ms. Smith is a volunteer member of the Family Law Initiatives Committee. Ms. Smith has been a Judicial Performance Review team member since 2009.

In estate planning and probate practice areas, Ms. Smith assists you with solid recommendations that lead to your family's future financial security. When a probate administration becomes problematic, or a quarrel over an inheritance divides your family, she negotiates and litigates with equal proficiency, while remaining sensitive to your emotions at a difficult time in your life.   She is currently a volunteer for Wills for Heroes Foundation Arizona. Ms. Smith is a member of the Estate Planning Section of the Arizona State Bar.  She has prepared 100's of estate planning documents to include simple Wills, Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives. She has been at the helm in numerous probate cases, even arguing one case successfully in the Arizona Court of Appeals.


Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Dissolution of Marriage
  • Legal Separation
  • Paternity
  • Probate Law

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1989
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1989


  • University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, Arizona
    • J.D. - 1989
    • Honors: Dean's List
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
    • B.A. - 1976
    • Major: Psychology / Biology

Published Works

  • Truancy Prevention Partnership Program, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Bulletin, U.S. Department of Justice, 1997


  • Youth Out of The Educational Mainstream, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Education
  • Forum on Juvenile Crime, U.S. Senate Sub Committee on Juvenile Crime
  • Delinquency: From Intake to Disposition, State Bar of Arizona
  • Violence & Youth, Arizona State University West
  • Community Collaboration, National League of Cities

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona, Member, 1989 to Present
  • Phoenix Children's Chorus, President, 2009 to Present
  • Family Law Section, Member, 2000 to Present
  • Arizona Legacy Board, 2013 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • State Of Arizona Governor's Office, Director of Office for Children, 1998 to 1999
  • City of Peoria, Assistant City Attorney, 1991 to 1998

Pro Bono Activities

  • Phoenix Children's Chorus, President, 2009 to Present
  • Arizona Legacy Board, 2013 to Present


  • Chi Omega

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