Clint Smith

Licensed in NC and TX

Office: (704) 940-9128
Mobile: (803) 522-4148
Location: Charlotte

Clint graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University in May 2014.  Following graduation, he worked as a reliability engineer for two years.  His responsibilities as a reliability engineer included commissioning a six-million-dollar hydrogen compressor, implementing equipment performance programs, conducting root failure analyses, and executing capital projects.  Clint addresses legal problems with a perspective informed by his engineering experiences, which trained him to pay close attention to detail and address problems in a practical manner.

Following his two years as an engineer, Clint earned his JD, cum laude, from Louisiana State University in May 2019.  While in law school, Clint secured a position on the Board of Advocates through his success in moot court competitions.  His successes included a quarterfinals appearance in the LSU Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court competition and a quarterfinals appearance in the John R. Brown National Admiralty Moot Court competition.  Additionally, Clint received a CALI Excellence for the Future Award, given to the highest scoring student in the class, for each of evidence and income tax.

Prior to joining Clawson and Staubes in 2021, Clint worked as a patent attorney at an international law firm in Austin, Texas.  While in Texas, Clint’s practice focused on patent prosecution over a broad range of technologies.  As a patent prosecutor, Clint developed an ability to orally argue complex positions and refined his ability to draft arguments regarding complex subject matter in a manner that is easy to understand.

While Clint has spent most of his life in the Carolinas, he has lived in Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, and Washington.  In Clint’s free time, he spends his time outdoors golfing, fishing, backpacking, and snow skiing.


  • North Carolina 2021
  • Texas 2019
  • Clemson University, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering 2014
  • Louisiana State University, Juris Doctorate 2019
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award – Evidence and Income Tax
  • Board of Advocates Member at Louisiana State University
  • John R. Brown Admiralty Law Moot Court Team Member
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Texas State Bar

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