William Zachary Smith

Licensed in SC

Email: wzsmith@cslaw.com
Office: (843) 577-2026
Mobile: (706) 296-9686
Location: Charleston

William attended the University of Georgia where he graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in History and Political Science.  He was a member of the Nu Zeta Chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha and part of the 2004-2005 University of Georgia Football Program.  After graduation, he helped start a successful franchise in Charlotte, NC before moving to Charleston to attend the Charleston School of Law.

While attending the Charleston School of Law, he was active in many organizations. He served as a Research Editor of the Charleston Law Review, Executive Editor of the MALABU Maritime Law Journal, President of the Maritime Law Society, the founder and President of The Roosevelt Society for Sportsmanship & Conservation and served two full academic terms as a Justice on the Charleston School of Law Honor Council. He earned CALI Awards for Excellence in five Admiralty and Maritime Law courses and has since used his position to aid in the continued growth of the School’s exposure in the field of admiralty and maritime academia.

Between completing his undergraduate degree and attending law school, William worked in Charlotte, NC for a new concept restaurant group and the U.S. National Whitewater Center during the run-up to the 2012 Summer Olympics. During this time, he continued his pursuits of the outdoors and outdoor training.  In 2013, William elected to attend the Charleston School of Law to pursue his life-long dream of studying the law.

William interned at the Mediterrean Shipping Co. during his first semester at Charleston School of Law to gain further education and understanding in admiralty and maritime law and trade.  Following, the completion of his first year, William joined a firm as a clerk and advanced through his hard work and dedication to become an associate attorney with the firm before joining the Clawson & Staubes team. His area of focus includes corporate and commercial litigation, transactional and contract disputes, employment law, Landlord-Tenant Act violations, admiralty and maritime law, and includes wrongful death and tort law plaintiff’s and defense work.  As he grows, William wishes to expand his practice to dedicate his time to indigent defense, civil rights, and Constitutional law litigation.

Originally from Jesup, Georgia, William is a fourth-generation attorney with close family ties around the Southeast.

Prior to and during law school, William was actively involved in the communities in which he lived including the Regional Division of UNICEF, the Young Affiliates of the Mint Museum and High Museum, the Charleston Waterkeepers, the East Cooper Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, and the Charleston Carriage Horse Advocates. He continues to volunteer and donate his time for various cultural and philanthropic organizations.

When he's not working, William is an avid outdoors-man mountaineering, hiking, fly fishing, and skiing, and hunting.  He is amateur chef and author, voracious reader, and budding photographer having traveled far and wide in pursuit of his hobbies. He also still maintains close ties to his alma maters as a mentor and counselor for younger generations.

  • Admiralty and Maritime
  • Appellate
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Criminal
  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Retail and Hospitality
  • Wrongful Death
  • South Carolina, 2018
  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, 2018
  • Charleston School of Law, 2017
  • University of Georgia, 2008
  • Charleston Law Review, Research Editor 2015-17;
  • MALABU Law Review, Senior Executive Editor 2015-17;
  • Honor Council, Board Member 2015-17;
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award – Admiralty Law; Laws of the Sea; Maritime Collisions & Insurance; International Ocean Carriage and Payment Systems; Maritime Finance
  • South Carolina Bar Association;
  • SC Bar - Young Lawyers Division;
  • Charleston County Bar Association;
  • Federal Bar Association;
  • Maritime Law Association

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