Joseph O. Smith

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Josh focuses his practice on helping businesses and individuals address and solve issues in litigation. He advocates for clients in both state and federal court at the trial and appellate levels in business disputes, trade secrets and unfair competition cases, employment matters and financial litigation. Josh also assists clients with state and federal environmental regulators in court and beyond. His varied environmental experience includes advising clients on matters arising under the Administrative Procedures Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, the Clean Water Act, and the SC Pollution Control Act. Josh assists clients in investigating and responding to matters such as permit challenges and enforcement actions before administrative agencies, including USEPA and SCDHEC.

Josh also works with clients outside the courtroom to implement proactive strategies and practices to avoid litigation. He advises businesses and individuals on various employment, contract, and business-related matters and negotiates with environmental regulators and potential adversaries to resolve disputes before they reach the courthouse.

Super Lawyers has recognized Josh as a Rising Star® in business litigation every year since 2014. In addition, Greenville Business Magazine has deemed him one of the Upstateā€™s Legal Elite in environmental law each year from 2012 to present.

Josh is a Greenville native, a graduate of Clemson University and the University of South Carolina School of Law. During law school Josh served as an editorial board member for the Southeastern Environmental Law Journal. In addition, he worked as a law clerk for the USEPA Region 4 Office of Environmental Accountability, the SCDHEC General Counsel's Office, and the National District Attorney's Association College for District Attorneys.


Clemson University, B.A., with honors, 2005
University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2008


South Carolina Bar Association;
Greenville County Bar Association;
Young Lawyers Division, Haynsworth/Perry Inn of Court;
South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association;
American Bar Association;
ABA Young Lawyers Division


South Carolina - 2008
United States District Court for the District of South Carolina - 2009
4th Circuit Court of Appeals

Reported & Notable Cases:

Poynter Investments, Inc. v. Century Builders of Piedmont, Inc., 387 S.C. 583 (2010)

Fuyao North America, Inc. v. Dakotaland Autoglass, Inc., 2011 WL 1002959 D.S.C. (March 18, 2011)

Freemantle v. Preston, et al., 398 S.C. 186 (2012)

South Carolina Retirement System Invest. Comm'n v . Loftis, for Amicus Curiae S.C. Supreme Court Opinion No. 27242 filed April 17, 2013.

United States v. W.R. Grace, Ca. No. 9:05-cr-00007-DWM (D.C.Mt. 2005)