Mr. Smiley is honored to be named by the National Trial Lawyers’ organization as one of the Top 40 Under 40. The National Trial Lawyers’ (NTL) Top 40 Under 40 is a professional organization composed of the top trial lawyers from each state or region who are younger than the age of 40. Membership into The NTL’s Top 40 Under 40 is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those trial lawyers practicing civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law. Invitees must exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under the age of 40. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.
Each of the distinguished Top 40 Under 40 members is asked to strive to encompass the knowledge, skill, experience and success held by only the best lawyers in America. It is The NTL’s mission to promote a unique and professional networking opportunity for young lawyers. The program also seeks to develop progressive ideas to pursue justice for those injured by the negligence of others, to educate the public about the importance of access to courts that are free of bias and undue influence, and to protect the right of trial by jury.