TODD ALLEN SMITH
Todd has laid down strong roots in the Burlington, North Carolina area. His father was a local pharmacist, his mother a jeweler, his stepfather worked at Burlington Industries as a computer systems analyst and his stepmother was a substitute teacher in the Burlington City School system. He attended school at Grove Park Elementary School, Hillcrest Elementary School, and Turrentine Middle School before graduating from Williams High School. After high school, he graduated from The University at North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s Degree, studying Political Science, and then graduated from The University of North Carolina School of Law in 1999. During this period of time, he worked as a jeweler, a welder, an insurance underwriter and a carpenter while raising three children who have made him extremely proud. Two of those young men are college graduates and one is currently enrolled in college. One is a veteran of the United States Air Force and one is currently serving in the United States Army. Todd is married to Stacey Rubain, who is a premier lawyer who practices primarily in the Forsyth County area.
After working with a Federal Bankruptcy Judge in Charlotte, North Carolina for one year, Todd started his own law office in Graham which has been operating for over twenty years. In 2019 he merged his office with Robert Giles to become Smith Giles PLLC. Todd has handled Bankruptcy, Smith Giles, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Family Law and General Civil Litigation cases but began focusing on Criminal law within the first few years of his practice. Since that time, Todd has become one of the most experienced criminal attorneys in the region. He has handled tens of thousands of criminal cases in the North Carolina State Courts, including every type of case from Speeding Tickets to First Degree Murder cases. He has represented over thirty clients who have been charged with first degree murder. He has tried approximately 100 jury trials before different courts, including felony assault cases, drug cases, firearms cases, fraud cases, personal injury cases, murder cases and rape cases.
In addition, Todd regularly handles Federal Criminal matters. He is the only person whose primary office is in Alamance County who regularly represents people in Federal Court. He has been admitted to practice law in all of the United States District Courts in North Carolina – the Eastern District (since 2008), the Middle District (since 2000) and the Western District (since 1999). He has been certified as a specialist in North Carolina Criminal Law by the State Bar since 2010 and has been certified as a specialist in Federal Criminal Law by the State bar since 2015. As of 2019, he was one of 63 attorneys that were bar certified specialists in both of these fields in the entire state.
Todd regularly handles appeals in both the North Carolina and Federal Courts. He has been admitted to the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina State Supreme Court since 1999. He has been admitted to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Since 2008 and the United States Supreme Court since 2008.
Todd’s philosophy regarding practicing law is “The best defense is a good offense.” His favorite quote is attributed to Winston Churchill during World War Two when he stated, “We will defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills, we shall never surrender” because it encompasses his feeling about what it means to fight for what is yours at all costs – including your liberty.
ROBERT C. GILES, II
Robert C. Giles, II, also known as, “Bob”, is a native of Alamance County. He has been licensed to practice law since 2002. After working for a local Alamance County mid-sized law firm for 8 years and practicing in own his solo firm for 3 years he is now a partner with Smith Giles PLLC located in Graham, North Carolina.
Bob graduated from Western Alamance High School and went on to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music. Following his graduation at UNC-Chapel Hill, Bob earned his Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University magna cum laude. While attending law school he was a member of the North Carolina Central University Moot Court Board and won first place in the Clifton Johnson Moot Court Competition.
Bob is a skilled litigator and accomplished negotiator who can utilize his knowledge of the local court system and trial process to efficiently handle Personal Injury matters, Traffic and Criminal Law, Debt Collections and Employment Law. Bob is married to Leanna B. Giles and together they have one daughter. Bob is very involved in the community serving on boards and committees. Bob takes pride in providing personal legal service to each and every client.
B.M., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1999
J.D., North Carolina Central University, 2002