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Helen C. Smith

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

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Please contact me to discuss fees.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
North Carolina State Bar
ID Number: 53353
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Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee
ID Number: 10639
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ID Number: NA
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6th Circuit
ID Number: NA
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Professional Experience
Assistant United States Attorney
Department of Justice
General Crimes Prosecutor
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Department of Justice
Civil Assistant United States Attorney
Senior Staff Attorney
Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel
University of Tennessee College of Law
J.D. (1983) | Law
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Rhodes College
B.A. (1978) | International Studies
Honors: Graduated with Honors in International Studies.
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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
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Contact & Map
204 E Jules Verne Way
Cary, NC 27511
Telephone: (423) 329-3847
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