Robert L. Smith – BIO


LLM, Transnational Business and Taxation
McGeorge School of Law
Sacramento, CA

Juris Doctor (with honors)
Gonzaga School of Law
Spokane, WA

Bachelor of Arts
University of California

1968 graduate: Poplar Bluff High School

Early Legal Training:
Prior to taking a position as a corporate counsel in Sacramento, California, he worked for the California Department of Agriculture drafting proposals. As part of his Transnational Business Master’s, Mr. Smith interned in Leeds, England, with a group of barristers, and at Gonzaga School of Law, he worked as a clerk for the Washington State Court of Appeals.

Returned to Poplar Bluff in 1988, and opened his law practice in 1992.

St. Vincent de Paul Bio
Robert Smith, an attorney in Poplar Bluff, MO, who believes that God’s plan is implemented through the actions of His believers. He attempts to use every opportunity that God provides to help. He believes that the organizations and projects that he has been allowed to participate in were opportunities from God to put his belief into action. He continually works to implement God’s plan within his church and community.

In 1998, he co-founded The Boys and Girls Club of Poplar Bluff after seeing the need for a community resource that would “positively” impact the lives of youth. He is a permanent board member and past president. BGPB offers a safe environment for after school and summer care for children in addition to educational opportunities and support.

He is a past president of the Butler County Community Resource Council, which coordinates several community programs such as AmeriCorps and a mentoring program for students. He is a former member and legal advisor for the Child Concern Agency in Poplar Bluff directing their reorganization. He is currently a board member of South Central Missouri Community Action Agency.

He is a former board member of Catholic Charities of Southeast Missouri.

As circuit court judge in 2010, he resurrected the truancy court in Butler and Ripley Counties, and laid the foundation for a veteran’s court to begin the following year.

He is a co-founder of Black River Public Radio in Poplar Bluff.

He is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Poplar Bluff, MO. He is a former president of Sacred Heart Parish Council, and a Fourth-degree Knight of Columbus.

He is currently Vice-President of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Sacred Heart Conference Food Pantry, which is the largest food pantry in Butler County. He was instrumental in receiving and directing the implementation of a grant received in 2012 of $300,000 to expand the pantry and its services. This project resulted in the renovation of a section of downtown Poplar Bluff. The new SVDP Food Pantry and Thrift Store opened in July 2017.

He is Pro-Life and believes in the sanctity of life at all of life’s stages.

He supports the Second Amendment and is a gun owner.

He, and his wife, Dianne, share five children: Cecily, Stacey, Marla, Codi, and Zachary. They have five grandchildren: Alyssa, Hollis, Ian, CJ and Blake. They have a great grandson, Tray.


Robert Smith Business Newsmaker Award

Robert Smith Phillip S Hoffman Award from Legal Services