Steve Smith

Steven L. Smith is a trial lawyer who is dedicated to the construction industry. For over twenty years, his practice has concentrated on construction law and federal, state and local government contract law.

Steve’s practice focuses on prevention and litigation of construction law and government contract disputes. He has represented construction and service contractors, owners, subcontractors and suppliers on federal, state, and local projects, as well as private contracting, on issues including bidding, bid protests, differing site conditions, changes, loss of productivity, delays and terminations. Steve has represented client interests in hundreds of trials, arbitrations, and mediations from Maine to Florida. Steve has also lectured and written extensively on construction law topics.

In 1994, Steve began his practice of law in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He served as Brigade Trial Counsel and Special Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting Courts Martial, as well as, cases in Federal Magistrate and District Court. Steve then joined a respected and well known construction law firm, practicing in both the Atlanta, Georgia headquarters and offices in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2003, Steve founded the predecessor to STJW on the tenets of client focus and billing integrity. STJW continues to focus exclusively on the construction trade.

Steve is a North Carolina Superior Court mediator. Through his alternative dispute resolution practice, Mr. Smith assists parties to reach settlement through the exercise of objective business judgment.


  • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia. J.D. degree with concentration in Trial Advocacy.
  • University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia. Graduated summa cum laude with B.A. degree in political science and economics.

Professional Associations

  • American Subcontractors Association
  • Associated Building Contractors
  • Associated General Contractors
  • North Carolina State Bar (2000)
  • Georgia State Bar (1994)
  • Court of Federal Claims (1999)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2004)
  • North Carolina Bar Association: Construction Law Section & Alternative Dispute Resolution Section