Vote Matt Smith District Court Judge
Personal and Family

Personal and Family

My wife Claire and I live in the Unionville area. We love the hometown community atmosphere where everyone seems to know each other. Claire is my rock, and her steadfast support and sense of humor help me in all areas, including my career and personal pursuits. We have a young man, Grooms, and a young lady, Lily, who attend Piedmont High School and Piedmont Middle School, respectively. I was born and raised in Indian Trail and I feel fortunate to call Union County my lifelong home.

I am the proud son of Wayne and Mary Smith, who shaped me into the man I am today. Growing up they taught my sister, brother and me the importance of family and faith. They exemplified honesty, integrity, generosity and compassion. Growing up in our family-owned nursery, there was always plenty of work to do, which taught us discipline and a strong work ethic. I am fortunate to enjoy support from my family, Union County residents, law enforcement and the legal community.

When I am not working or spending time with my family, I love to work out. I participate in Spartan Obstacle Course racing. I travel around the country to participate in these endurance events. Racing has taught me how to push beyond my perceived limits to accomplish things I never thought possible. Our family loves to travel. We enjoy working in the yard and the occasional “friendly” game of Cornhole or basketball. My wife and I love to try out new restaurants. However, we do have a favorite spot in Monroe that we visit often.

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Legal Career

Legal Career

I have practiced law in Union County for over 17 years, and it has been my pleasure and honor to serve thousands of its residents. I began my legal career in 2002 with a firm in Indian Trail. In 2011, I opened a solo practice in downtown Monroe where I remain today. I have represented clients in a wide variety of legal areas, and as a trial attorney I have spent an abundant amount of time in the courtroom. I believe my experiences have taught me what is required to be a successful judge. I will be fair, uphold the rule of law and do what is just. I believe this is the charge of a judge. I have spent my professional and personal life cultivating the relationships necessary to be an asset to the legal community.
Education

Education

I attended Union County Public Schools, graduating from Sun Valley High School in 1991. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Relations and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 1997. I pursued a Juris Doctor degree at the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University and was awarded my degree, Cum Laude, in May 2002. While in law school, I was a Staff Member and Articles Editor of the Campbell University Law Review.
Membership Affiliations and Associations

Membership Affiliations and Associations

I am a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, the Union County Bar Association and the 20B Judicial District Bar Association. During my time in practice I have served on multiple committees with the North Carolina Bar Association. I have also been the Secretary, Vice President and President of the Union County Bar Association and the Vice President and President of the 20B Judicial District Bar.