CHRISTOPHER B. SMITH

Associate Attorney

Attorney Christopher B. Smith, an Associate at Weller Law, LLC, practices primarily in the areas of family law including issues in; child support, divorce, paternity, allocation of parental responsibilities (f/k/a custody), parenting time (f/k/a visitation), and adoption.  He also handles Chapter 7 & 13 Bankruptcy cases, guardianship cases for minors and disabled adults along with Wills and Powers of Attorney. He is qualified as a Guardian Ad Litem and currently serves as the secretary for the Guardian Ad Litem training committee for the 20th Judicial Circuit.

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Meet Christopher B. Smith

Christopher B. Smith has been in private practice since 2010; practicing in family law, bankruptcy, simple estate planning and administrative/child support cases with the Department of Healthcare and Family Services – Division of Child Support Services.  He currently serves as a Guardian Ad Litem in various family, adoption, probate and civil cases.  Previously he worked at the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office assigned to the child support enforcement division for approximately two and half years. 

 

He has presented for the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation and St. Clair County Bar Association on Family Law, Bankruptcy and Guardian Ad Litem issues. 

 

He is a member of: Bankruptcy Association of the Southern District of Illinois (BASIL) – where he served as Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-President, President and Webmaster; the St. Clair County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), and Illinois Family Support Enforcement Association (IFSEA) and served on the Board of Directors from October 2017 - October 2021.  He is on the Board of Directors for Children First Foundation and served as Board President from October 2015 – 2019; currently serving as Treasurer since November 2019.  He was on the 2015 E-Discovery Committee for the 20th Judicial Circuit.  He has helped organize several CLEs including the annual GAL certification training for the St. Clair County Bar Association and the 20th Judicial Circuit for 2014-present.  He is a 2015 Land of Lincoln Joseph R. Bartylak Pro Bono Award recipient. 

 

Other volunteer work includes sitting on the board for the Metro-East Interfaith Partnership and has worked on two of Racial Harmony’s Community Wellness panels.  During law school, he worked full-time as a paralegal and interned with the law firm of Pessin, Baird and Wells, a firm with a family law, banking and bankruptcy practice. 

 

He received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law and has been licensed to practice law since November 2006.  He lives in St. Clair County with his wife and two sons.  He believes in the rule of law and fairness for all.  He is also a LGBTQ friendly attorney.

Law School

  • St. Louis University School of Law, J.D., 2006

 

College

  • Brigham Young University, B.A., 2000

 

Admitted

  • 2006, Illinois

  • 2010, U.S. District Court of Southern Illinois

 

Member

  • St. Clair County Bar Association

  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)

  • Illinois Family Support Enforcement Association (IFSEA)

  • Bankruptcy Association of the Southern District of Illinois (BASIL)

  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society (JRCLS)

 

Practice Areas

  • Family Law

  • Bankruptcy

  • Wills/Powers of Attorney

  • Administrative Law – HFS – Division of Child Support Enforcement

 

Biography

  • Assistant State’s Attorney – St. Clair County; Child Support Division (2007-2010)

  • Lecturer for 2009, 2010, 2011 St. Clair County Bar Association Annual Family Law Seminar

  • Lecturer and/or Organizer for St. Clair County Bar and Land of Lincoln Seminar – 2012 - present

  • Lecturer and Organizer for St. Clair County Bar Association and 20th Judicial Circuit Guardian Ad Litem Training Seminars

  • Member, Board of Directors Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation 2018 - present

  • Member, Board of Directors of St. Clair County Children First Foundation 2009 - Present

  • Member, Board of Directors of the Illinois Family Support Enforcement Association (IFSEA) October 2017 - October 2021

  • Treasurer, Children First Foundation October 2012 – 2015, 2019 - present

  • Treasurer, J. Reuben Clark Law Society (St. Louis Chapter) 2018-2019; Secretary 2019-present

  • President of the Board of Directors, Children First Foundation, Oct. 2015 - 2019

  • Committee member, 2011 Domestic Relations Local Rules Revision Committee for 20th Judicial Circuit

  • Presenter on Family Law, 2011, 2012, 2014 People’s Law School, Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC)

  • Treasurer 2016-2017, Secretary 2017-2018, Vice-President 2018-2019, President 2019-2020, Webmaster 2020-present - of Bankruptcy Association of the Southern District of Illinois (BASIL)

  • Land of Lincoln Joseph R. Bartylak Pro-Bono Award 2015

  • 2015 E-Discovery Committee for the 20th Judicial Circuit