Ryan T. Smith

RTS Law Group
128 N McDowell St Ste A
Charlotte, NC 28204-2202
(704) 552-4444

Ryan T. Smith is the Managing Attorney at RTS Law Group. He was named the 2016 Top Criminal Lawyer in North Carolina (Business North Carolina's Legal Elite 2016, voted by attorneys only).

Ryan focuses in DWI/Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, and Guardianship/Incompetency law. Before starting in private practice, Ryan worked at Wachovia Securities in their Corporate & Investment Banking [CIB] division, focusing on the tax-incentivized financing of corporate assets such as aircraft, yachts, and technology-based products.

Ryan was born and raised in Wheeling, WV. After graduating from Marshall University's Lewis College of Business, Ryan then earned his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law. He was appointed to Law Review and also spent a significant amount of time in the WVU Clinical Law Program.

Ryan spent two summers during law school studying abroad. The first summer was spent in Europe, studying in Greece, Italy, and Spain through the University of Miami School of Law Mediterranean Legal Studies Summer Abroad Program. The second summer was spent in South America, studying in Brazil and Argentina through the West Virginia University College of Law Business and Politics Summer Abroad Program. Ryan proudly talks about "Running with the Bulls" in Pamplona, Spain, and hang-glided from mountains of Rio de Janeiro, while being in route to earning his law degree.

Ryan is very active with the Mecklenburg County Bar. He is the active Commissioner of the MCB Attorney Basketball League. RTS Law Group routinely has teams in Basketball, Flag Football, Softball leagues, and 5K's around the city. Additionally, Ryan is a historical member of several professional organizations including the NC Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Mecklenburg County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (MCCDLA). In his younger days, Ryan was named in the Top 30 Under 30 Leaders in Charlotte.

The greatest event to happen to Ryan in recent years is that his parents (Tom and Linda Smith) decided to move south to Charlotte and ultimately agreed to join the firm. Linda runs the Finance department and communicates with Ryan constantly through telephone calls, text messages, and emails. He often jokes around that when he sees Linda calling, the first question in his head is whether the caller is Linda Smith or just Mom. Tom, on the other hand, doesn't need to call Ryan as he has a desk right inside Ryan's office. Every morning for Ryan starts out with a cup of coffee and strategy session with his Dad.

Practice Areas

  • DWI / DUI (Impaired Driving Defense)
  • Speeding & Traffic Tickets
  • Criminal Defense (Felonies & Misdemeanors)
  • Car Accidents / Personal Injury
  • Guardianship / Incompetency

Bar & Court Admissions


  • Super Lawyers (2016-2017)
  • Top Voted Criminal Law Lawyer in NC - Legal Elite (2016)
  • Top 30 Under 30:  Elevate Lifestyle - Charlotte (2010)
  • Law Review - West Virginia University College of Law (2006-2007)
  • Magna cum laude - Marshall University (2003)


  • Commissioner of the MCB Lawyer Basketball League
  • Mecklenburg County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (MCCDLA)
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • YMCA of the Greater Charlotte Area
  • Law Review (West Virginia University School of Law)



  • West Virginia University College of Law (J.D. 2007)
  • Marshall University (B.A., magna cum laude, 2003)

Speaking Engagements