Royce W. Smith
Top 10 Personal Injury Lawyer in PA in 2019 and 2020
Top 100 SuperLawyer in Philadelphia in 2017
Pennsylvania SuperLawyer from 2013–2018
Raised in North Philadelphia, Royce W. Smith’s parents and family taught him life lessons that have served him well professionally: to maintain justice, do what is right and give voice to the concerns of the voiceless.
Mr. Smith’s late father pastored a Baptist church in North Philadelphia, and his mother retired as an associate pastor of a Baptist church in Mount Airy/Germantown, Philadelphia. Additionally, Smith’s grandfather and uncle pastored a church in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania for a combination of over 50 years. True to his roots, Mr. Smith has provided free counseling at legal clinics hosted by area churches.
Mr. Smith earned a LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple Law and, by faculty vote, was named the program’s top-performing student. He is a graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law, where he received numerous awards for outstanding trial advocacy and was a member of several nationally recognized mock trial teams. Mr. Smith was recognized for outstanding oral advocacy in appellate argument, twice received the Murray S. Love Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, earned the Andrew Gay Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy and was honored with the James J. Manderino Award for Trial Advocacy.
At Williams College, Mr. Smith earned his undergraduate degree in political science. There he won the Lehman Community Service Scholarship and the Sterling B. Brown Citizenship Prize in recognition of his service to the college and the surrounding community. Prior to attending Williams College, Royce W. Smith graduated from the prestigious Julia R. Masterman High School in Philadelphia.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES & RECOGNITIONS
A frequent author and lecturer, Mr. Smith has published numerous scholarly articles and presented educational courses to his peers. Mr. Smith also serves on the Editorial Boards of The Verdict, a Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association publication and Young Lawyer, a monthly supplement published by The Legal Intelligencer.
Mr. Smith served as an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Drexel University’s Earl Mack School of Law and a trial advocacy and evidence instructor for the University's Earl Mack School of Law Trial Team. Mr. Smith’s law students have won three mock-trial tournament championships, including the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) National Trial Competition’s Regional Competition in Philadelphia (2011, 2012) and the Judge Paul Joseph Kelly Jr. Invitational Trial Competition at Fordham University (2012). Many of Mr. Smith’s former students are now trial lawyers in Philadelphia who continue to teach the next generation of advocates and activists.