Panelist Profile: Smith, Esq., Charles L

Charles L Smith

Smith, Esq., Charles L

San Antonio, TX

Attorney; Mediator; Arbitrator


St. Mary’s University School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 1955; Texas A&M University, B.A., 1953; Alternative Dispute Resolution Training: AASLT, Arbitration Training, 2007; AAA Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process and Dynamics (ACE005), 2006; AAA Practical Tips for Dealing with Delay Tactics of Parties and Advocates (ACE004), 2005; attended AAA Neutrals Conference, 2004; AAA Annual Arbitrator Update 2004, 2002; AAA Commercial Arbitrator II Training: Advanced Case Management Issues, 2001; Texas Association of Attorney-Mediators, Advanced Mediation Seminar, 2001; AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training, 2001; St. Mary’s University School of Law, Basic Mediation Training Seminar, 2000.


Work History: Has been licensed to practice law since 1955. After two years in the U.S. Army, spent two and one-half years in the San Antonio City Attorney’s Office as an assistant city attorney doing trial work. Thereafter, in 1960, became a member of the Groce Locke & Hebdon firm, and was a member of that firm until its merger with Jenkins & Gilchrist in 1996. He was a member of Jenkins & Gilchrist until March 2007 when that firm ceased to exist. At that time he joined the law firm of Jackson Walker L.L.P. where he is presently Senior Counsel. Experience: Has tried over 300 jury trials and numerous non-jury trials and arbitrations, and handled thousands of cases in both the federal and state courts. Has handled a variety of cases, including those involving administrative law, construction, commercial, employment, insurance, landlord/tenant, municipal, attorney and medical malpractice, negligence, products liability, church liability, and workers’ compensation disputes. Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience: Panel member of the National Roster of Neutrals for the American Arbitration Association (AAA) since 2000; a panel member of the National Association of Security Dealers (NASD) until its consolidation with the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to form the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and now on the panel for FINRA since its approval by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in July 2007. Since 2000, has been appointed an arbitrator in 60 cases and has mediated 55 cases, all involving commercial, business-entity issues, insurance, tort, employment, aviation, and contract disputes.

Membership & Affiliations

Past President, San Antonio Bar Association; Past President, State Bar of Texas, Board of Directors, Past Chair ADR Section; Past House of Delegates, American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution; Past State Chair, American College of Trial Lawyers; Past President, Association of Defense Trial Attorneys; Board of Directors, International Academy of Trial Lawyers; American Board of Trial Advocates; Past Chair, Commission on Judicial Conduct; Past Chair, Commission for Lawyer Discipline; Board of Disciplinary Appeals, 2006-Present; Association of Attorneys-Mediators; Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism.


Outstanding Young Man of the Year by San Antonio Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1964; Distinguished Law Alumnus by Law Alumni Association of St. Mary’s University, 1982; Attorney of the Year by the Texas Aggie Bar Association, 1985; Lola Wright Foundation Award by Texas Bar Foundation for Outstanding Public Service in the Enhancement of Legal Ethics, 2001; Henry Gilchrist Award by Jenkins & Gilchrist for Professionalism in Highest Ethical Conduct; Joe Frazier Brown Award by San Antonio Bar Association for Outstanding Leadership and Service to Legal Profession and Citizens of Texas, 2005; Carol Lomax Memorial Award by San Antonio Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates for Exemplary Integrity, Civility and Professionalism, 2006; Lifetime Achievement Award by St. Mary’s University School of Law, 2007; Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award by Texas Bar Foundation, 2007.


Two Party Arbitrations/Mediations: $175/Hour Per Party; All Other Arbitrations/Mediations: $150/Hour Per Party; Reduced Fee Arbitrations/Mediations: $75-$100/Hour Per Party Regardless of Number of Parties.

Charles Smith, Esq. is an experienced panelist for Conflict Solutions of Texas, the state's premier roster of attorney mediators and arbitrators. CS of TX offers a broad range of services to resolve disputes and are designed to be more cost-effective and timely than conventional arbitration offerings.