Jacob E. Smith - A Cordell & Cordell Richmond Divorce Attorney

Jacob E. Smith

Senior Litigation Attorney

Clearfield divorce attorney Jacob E. SmithIt didn’t take long for family law to become a passion for Richmond divorce attorney Jacob E. Smith. It’s his calling to help individuals and families through the most stressful situation of their lives.

Mr. Smith’s sense of empathy gives him the ability to put himself in his clients’ shoes and feel what they’re feeling so that he then knows how to best address their needs.

“It helps me speak to them in terms they mentally and emotionally understand,” he said.

Mr. Smith likes to tell his clients that his approach through the case is to come off as the most reasonable and level-headed party.

“As a team we are the most willing to discuss fair and reasonable settlements, but we are also the last to back down from what we believe is the best solution,” he said. “We are intelligently aggressive.”

Licenses & Admissions

Mr. Smith is licensed to practice in Utah and Virginia.


Mr. Smith received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (ethics) from Southern Virginia University. He earned his Juris Doctor with a concentration certificate in Child and Family Law from Capital University Law School.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Mr. Smith primarily practiced family law (divorce, custody, child support, etc.), but also practiced adoption, bankruptcy, criminal defense, business formation, corporate litigation, water rights, and mass torts (multi-district litigation for defective medical devices).


  • Federalist Society
  • Weber County Bar Association
  • Utah Bar Association Family Law Section


  • 2015 American Institute of Family Law Attorneys 10 Best Attorney for Client Satisfaction in Utah
  • Letter of Commendation from Capt. Michael T. Palmer, NLSO, US Navy JAG Corps, 2011
  • Coached a high school mock trial team to the Utah State Championship in 2016 and 2017 and competed in the National High School Mock Trial competition in May 2017.


"Jacob has been great to work with, he's just fantastic and I hold him in the highest regard. I wishes he could rate him higher."
"​Always very responsive. Maintains regular contact regarding case. Well thought out Strategic Roadmap and thorough post hearing Action Plan. Attorney Smith did an excellent job. Attorneys Gerstner and Smith, as well as Senior Paralegal Omary were very supportive and responsive, and Attorney Smith did a great job given the situation and circumstances of my particular case. I highly recommend that you continue his employment and consider for advancement as appropriate. I rate him a '5' out of '5.' "
"​Jacob is top notch, he has gone above and beyond everything I could have imagined."
"Jacob is going above and beyond to get things done and makes me feel really comfortable about every situation that has been thrown at us and always makes me feel reassured that everything is going to be okay. He is amazing!!"
"​Jacob was everything I expected in an attorney and more. He was well informed and made me feel extremely comfortable in a very stressful situation. A+. Everyone I interacted at the firm made me feel like I had a team behind me. Great attorney and a great team made me feel comfortable in all my interactions.​"

"​Service was excellent. Results were outstanding given the complexity of issues in this matter. Attorney Smith is courteous, attentive, and professional…a definite keeper. Thanks to the whole Richmond, VA., office for their support!"

​"Jacob was awesome! He's a 5 across the board! I didn't know things would turn out that way. Jacob was brilliant!"
"I think things went very well. I feel like the experience I got, certainly matched my expectations. Jacob did a great job!"
"​I have already referred Jacob. I have been very pleased with him! After working with Jacob this past year and seeing how the opposing attorney operates, I cannot express enough how much I appreciate Jacobs integrity, honesty and professionalism. I greatly appreciate the consideration you all have shown me with working with me on my case and the expense."