Judge Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University and received his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. He was appointed Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey in 1984 where he acted as Presiding Judge of the Civil Division of Gloucester, Salem, and Cumberland Counties from September 1, 1994 until 2001. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Smith was a partner in Boakes, Lindsay & Smith and in the general practice of law for twenty-two years including Solicitor for the City of Woodbury and other governmental agencies. He held the positions of Assistant County Counsel and Assistant Prosecutor. Judge Smith was an instructor at the National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada, teaching complex litigation settlement techniques. He also taught managing complex cases at State of Delaware Judicial College and New Jersey Practice at Widener Law School. Judge Smith is an Emeritus member of the Gloucester County Bar Association.
Judge Smith retired in 2003, and currently specializes in Alternative Dispute Resolution including both mediation and arbitration of disputes. As a retired Superior Court Judge, he is able to practice before the Federal Courts.