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Helen C. Smith

  • Criminal Law, Appeals & Appellate
  • North Carolina, Tennessee, USDC EN NC
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Summary

I retired after 33 years of federal public service in the practice of law. This included 13 years as a General Crimes AUSA/prosecutor; 12 years as a General Civil AUSA; and 8 years as a Senior Staff Attorney for the IRS Office of Chief Counsel.
My federal practice was highly diverse. I prosecuted more than 400 individuals for crimes including drugs, sex, fraud, immigration, tax evasion, human trafficking, child pornography, kidnapping, carjacking, and other offenses. I am highly skilled in sentencing guidelines and mitigation, oral and written advocacy, negotiation, and case management. I am able to understand, organize, and manage massive quantities of facts and data. I am highly experienced in the use of courtroom technology, law enforcement investigative techniques, and the United States Probation Office procedures.
As a civil AUSA, I represented many federal agencies including the Postal Service, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Departments of Agriculture, Labor, Treasury, and Commerce in defensive and affirmative litigation.
I have an extensive trial record as a civil and criminal AUSA, with numerous jury trials and bench trials. I have extensive federal appellate experience, oral and written.
My practice is currently limited to federal courts.

Education
University of Tennessee College of Law
J.D. (1983) | Law
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Rhodes College
B.A. (1978) | International Studies
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Honors: Graduated with Honors in International Studies.
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Professional Experience
Assistant United States Attorney
Department of Justice
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General Crimes Prosecutor
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Department of Justice
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Civil Assistant United States Attorney
Senior Staff Attorney
Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel
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Awards
Team Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement
United States Department of Justice
Director's Award for Excellence
United States Department of Justice
Professional Associations
North Carolina State Bar  # 53353
Member
Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
North Carolina State Bar
ID Number: 53353
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Tennessee
Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee
ID Number: 10639
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USDC EN NC
ID Number: NA
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6th Circuit
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Fees
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Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
Contact & Map
204 E Jules Verne Way
Cary, NC 27511
USA
Telephone: (423) 329-3847