Reviews of Arnold & Smith, PLLC (Attorney)

The Historic John Price Carr House, 200 N McDowell St, Charlotte, NC 28204, United States

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At the present this business has a score of 4.9 stars out of 5 and this score is based on 165 reviews.

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REVIEWS OF Arnold & Smith, PLLC IN South Carolina

Chris Lewis

They were very respectful of my situation and handled it in a timely manner. I would recommend this lawyer to EVERYONE wanting to fight a case because he knows the law and right from wrong. GO WITH ARNOLD N SMITH. It’s worth it. You won’t be disappointed..... and before the trial started he told me how it was going to go but I’ve never been in trouble with the law so I was kinda scared but he made me happy. Again GO WITH THEM

Jake Reikowski

Arnold and Smith handled a traffic violation for my wife last year and was able to get the case dismissed. As a result, we didn't pay a fine or court costs. I would highly recommend!

Jonathan Hassell

I couldn't be happier with the result Matt & Bree from Arnold & Smith obtained in my family law case. Before retaining the firm, I was with another attorney who closed up shop with virtually no notice. From the moment I stepped foot into Matt's offices, I was treated with respect and told what our likely outcome was and what the best strategy would be. I was kept up to date regularly and was kept in the loop on all communications. Best of all, when it came down to crunch time, our main objective was achieved. I couldn't recommend the firm, and in particular Matt and Bree, more highly.

greg krugman

In this life we live things happen if you have a flat tire you better have a good mechanic if the roof comes off in a storm hopefully you have a good contractor if in the court system there's an issue and you need assistance to help guide you to the right paperwork to satisfy and to sometimes even get what you deserve and save some money you better have this company right here Jeffrey Thompson is the real deal I appreciate the service of him and his group hopefully never needing his Services again for any reason but if I do it's guaranteed I will use this company and Jeffrey Thompson.

Halina Brengel

Elizabeth B

James Bradley Smith was recommended to me as one of the top attorneys in North Carolina. After meeting and working with Brad I found this statement to be true, regarding my criminal defense case. He immediately scheduled my consultation. My husband and I were so confident in him after the consultation, that we decided immediately to retain his services for my case on the same day. From what I researched, Brad is known for having an excellent track record in getting the best results for cases that he represents. He is extremely intelligent, well spoken, and highly committed to his clients. He, his Paralegal and staff were very professional, communicated well, gave excellent direction, and were easy to work with. Brad and his staff made me feel very comfortable, respected and reassured. I also found Brad to be a great communicator, extremely thorough and well prepared with my case. I am extremely satisfied with the results regarding the outcome of my case. I highly recommend Brad for legal representation and know you will be happy with his services as well.

Sara Gomez

I received a citation for a minor collision that I was in and I immediately contact Arnold and Smith based on their already positive reviews. The entire process was completely painless. I had to provide minimal documentation and a letter from my insurance company and pay $150 flat fee. I should mention that my court costs + citation fee was over $200 to begin with. I spoke with Kristia the day after my court date and everything was dismissed and I owed nothing. I am very thankful for their experience and prompt response to all of my questions and needs. If I ever need representation again--which hopefully I will not ;-), I would definitely use them!

Sally Coleman

If you want a lawyer that truly has your best interest at heart, call Pete McArdle. He is thorough and always seems to be one step ahead on everything. Pete is still working with me and is doing an amazing job. Worth every penny. Thanks Pete.

Dan Olsen

I highly recommend the counsel of Anastasia Cowan for your family needs. Ms. Cowan represented me in a very private family matter regarding my son and won my case. I called over a dozen lawyers and even met face-to-face with a couple in their offices only to learn they did not have the knowledge or expertise to represent me. All of the lawyers I contacted in Cabarrus and Mecklenburg county were recommended by other lawyers but none could provide me the representation needed. Ms. Cowan was the only lawyer with the experience and expertise to represent me in my “unique” case. When you hire Ms. Cowan you can be assured she will be professional, provide trust, and work hard for your legal matters. An excellent trial lawyer able to prepare and execute a winning strategy. I am forever grateful for her services and what she has provided for me and to my family.

Mi Si

Like most of us do when we find ourselves in need of an attorney, we thank to ourselves, how much is it going to cost and how will I pay for it. That is exactly what I said when I found myself in a child custody battle between me and my ex. After going to court, I quickly realized that this was not a task I wanted to take on without legal advice. Again, like most of us I ran to the rescue of the internet. I began to search for attorneys based on ratings and reviews. After that, I narrowed it down based on what each attorney charged and for what. I found what I believed to be a good attorney, boy was I wrong! After getting the run around, being lied too, penny pitched, and taken advantage of by the one I was paying to represent my best interest, I was fed up. By this point, my funds were running low however, I was in too deep and needed to figure out something quick. After 3 attorneys, from 3 different law firms, and several maxed-out credit cards, I felt maybe this was a waste of time. Then I figured, what the heck I will give it one last shot. Back to the internet I went and this time I stumbled upon Arnold and Smith Law Firm. After reading the reviews I quickly made an appointment. Once I arrived I was greeted by a young lady who provided excellent customer service. I was then escorted to a conference room, offered some refreshments and was told the attorney would be in shortly. Shortly after, I was greeted by a young lady that was soft spoken and easy going. She introduced herself as Anastasia. I said to myself OMG, here I go again. She didn’t look like she would harm a fly. By this point, I had been through a lot, and things were not looking good, I needed a bulldog on myside. She sat down and we began to talk, I started with day one and brought her up to my current situation. After explaining to her how many times I had been to court, how many judges I had spoken to, and how many attorneys I had, she just smiled and said “ok and”! I took a stack of papers about 2 inches thick and pushed them across the table to her, I told her that these were the papers I had collected over the years going back and forth to court. She smiled and said, “I am here to help you”! I said to her “that’s what the last 3 attorneys said and now I am left with a big debt and a stack of papers”. She smiled and said “just give me a chance, it’s going to cost you, I am not sure how much and if you feel like we are getting in too deep just let me know and I won’t be offended, we can stop”. Fast forward to a year later, I now have custody of my daughter during the school year, along with child support to assist me with caring for her needs. If you are looking for an attorney to help you with a child custody case, one that will fight for you, will not nickel and dime you for every little thing, one you can trust, one that is not money hungry, one that will keep their word, one that will fight to the end and will never leave you alone, then go see Anastasia Cowan and the folks over at Arnold and Smith Law Firm. Anastasia and her paralegal Kristin Pierce will work tirelessly and do what needs to be done to ensure your voice is heard, you are treated fairly and that justice is served. From day one Anastasia has been genuine, and showed her love and compassion for kids, my other attorneys couldn’t even remember my child’s name. However Anastasia not only remembers her name but also emails periodically to check on her wellbeing. Don’t take my word for it go see Anastasia Cowan and Kristin Pierce they together will get you major results that you will see from day one!

L Benfield

I can’t rave enough about this law firm. Ronnie is top of the line. Professional, caring and looking out for the best interest of parties involved. He takes the time to listen, explain, and makes sure you are confident of the discussions you will make in some hard situations. While guiding me through divorce & child custody proceedings he is fully dedicated and handles matters promptly, I cannot thank him enough.

Libby Offnick - RE/MAX Executive

Very professional firm and the staff was always responsive and helpful. I am a former paralegal and can honestly say that I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone.

Rafael Lopez

you guys did a fenomenal job with my divorce and custody case. I’m very please with the service and the staff and Pete’s knowledge of the law is increíble. Thank you guys for everything . Awesome job.

Elizabeth Wheat

Anastasia Cowan was exactly what our family needed. She was bright, trustworthy, experienced, and extremely professional. Over the 3 years we used her services she impressed us over and over again. Ms. Cowan is TOUGH when it matters and very level headed. We could trust her to explain the realities of the court system and come up with the best approach and plan to reach our goal. She will definitely be our go-to family attorney for the future and I can't recommend her enough.

Melissa Phillips

Last year I made a few bad decisions and found myself in need of an attorney. I checked online and found the website for Arnold and Smith. Upon meeting with Brad Smith, I found him to be extremely professional, personable, and respectful of not only my situation, but of me as a person. All staff members were courteous and more than helpful as they sent reminders for court appearances, updates on my case, and all questions I had throughout the process were answered promptly and in layman's terms. In the end, my case was dismissed thanks to Brad and I sincerely recommend him for ANY type of legal issue one may face. Thanks Brad for your hard work and dedication!!!

Shamon Washington

I would definitely recommend to anyone in need of legal help!

Steven Williams

I was very impressed with Brad Smith. He's a very confident, competent attorney who successfully defended me in court. He and his staff keep you at ease and informed throughout the entire process. I recommend him to anyone facing charges.

Ronald Ellis

Mr. Smith helped my son get his case charges reduced by working with the district attorney and postponing a trial until favorable evidence came back from Raleigh.

Sonia Castaneda

Good lawyer stefani wonderful paralegal


Thorough, hard working and extremely honest firm. Pleasure to do business with. Highly recommended.

David Hambright

Pete McArdle is absolutely the best choice for representing you in your family law case. Pete provided me excellent perspective and advice during my marital separation preparations. During a previous separation, I had retained a different attorney so I had experience with another attorney to contrast with my recent work with Pete. My experiences with Pete was vastly different from the previous attorney. Pete has incredible experience and his advice turned out to be exactly correct. And during our separation negotiations, Pete's representation was critical. He provided the perfect argument at the most decisive moments of the negotiation and provided sane resolutions to issues that seemed insurmountable.

My Journey D

Anastasia Cowan is the one! If you’re going through child custody, divorce.. save time and energy and hire Anastasia Cowan. She’s a child welfare law specialist (1 out of 22 lawyers in N.C.). My child custody case is quite unique. The other lawyers didn’t grasp that. I’m grateful to God for sending Anastasia my way. She’s straightforward. She’ll tell you what you need to hear and will be tough on you if she needs to so you know what to expect and she’ll come up with a strategy to get you what you want. She doesn’t waste your time or money talking about everything and anything just to get billable hours. She focuses on your goal and will fight for you to get you what you want. What I like the most about her is she’s open minded and where some lawyers can’t see a way, she’ll make a way. Her creativity is definitely a big asset. In court she doesn’t let the opposing counsel get away with anything. She’s calm yet fierce. All praise to God, I was able to get a temporary parenting agreement from the judge that was way better than what everyone thought. I’m grateful that I had Anastasia on my side to fight for me. If your child custody case is not unique, I’d still hire her. You might get more than is expected. If she’s that good at winning difficult and unique child custody cases, i wonder what she’ll do with standard, typical cases? She’s easy to talk to, super fast at getting back to you via email (I love that about her), compassionate and creative. I’m grateful for having her represent me. Keep up the good work Anastasia! Thanks !


Brad Smith & Team resolved my case over the course of a few years, as the matter took a long time to go through the court system. Laura Cobb also played a key role. I was very relieved at the end of it all with a satisfying result. Remember, with lawyers, like many things in life, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. Arnold & Smith PLLC have a client in me should I ever need representation again.

Vincent James

Laura Cobb and Brad Smith are excellent! I received two traffic tickets and Laura quickly got them resolved. Brad exceeded my expectations and was great representation for me. I recommend them for anyone who is looking for a confident lawyer to handle their case(s).

Dianne Carey

Arnold & Smith has been a excellent law firm to work with. After receiving my ticket, I was clueless as to what would happen next. Everyone at Arnold & Smith was extremely helpful in explaining EVERYTHING to me. No matter how many questions I had, they always responded immediately, were very patient with me and provided me with all the answers and information I needed to defend my case. I felt very comfortable working with everyone at Arnold & Smith, and would definitely recommend them to anyone needing legal assistance.

Trevor VanDyne

I found myself facing fictitious charges. Mr. Smith and his firm handled this case from beginning to end with extreme attention to detail. The professionalism was very reassuring that my case was a priority for them as well. I was very pleased with the results!!!!

Jasmine Lovins

Attorney Smith is amazing! He made sure I knew every scenario outcome that could happen in my case and made me feel confident. He does not allow the DA to jerk you around in court with continuations. If I ever needed him again (which I hope I don't) I would use him again.

Brenda Pressley

My experience working with Bradley Smith was exceptional. I rarely need an attorney, but found myself in a scary situation in recent months. Bradley was confident & professional. When I expressed serious concerns about my predicament, he quickly calmed my fears by assuring me I had no reason for concern. With his experience, he knew my case would turn out well for me. And it did! Thank you Bradley. I will recommend you & your team at every opportunity.

Jeff Tilton

Attorney Thompson and his team did everything they said they would do and got us the most favorable result we could have hoped for! (At a great price!) I highly recommend Arnold & Smith for any legal representation you may need.

Paul Riviello

From the moment you walk through the door and are greeted by the receptionist, you have a feeling that your legal problems are in capable hands at Arnold & Smith. Their staff of attorneys, paralegals, and support personnel are professional and caring. My attorney is Tonya Graser Smith and I would recommend Tonya to anyone in need of legal counsel. Tonya is knowledgeable in the law and the legal system, but more than that, she is responsive to my questions, keeps me updated on my case, is sensitive to my situation, and she represents me very well in Court (do not underestimate the importance of this; I have seen other attorneys in action and would be embarrassed to have retained their services). Tonya is the consummate professional -- always extremely prepared and up for the challenge. What more could you ask for? Paul (going through Divorce), client of Tonya's since July 2012

Stephen Miller

Mr. Smith was awesome. I was in court for less than 30 minutes and he got my charges dismissed! Great attorney I highly recommend anyone from Arnold and Smith.

Lyndsay Nelson

From the moment my daughter and I walked into Brad Smith's office, our fears and worries were alleviated by the manner in which he embraced my problems. He provides free consultations, and even though I am a 50-year-old woman he willingly called my mother in NJ to let her know I was in good hands (I hadn't spoken to my mother in over a year). He even talked her into paying for my rehabilitation. Not only did Brad repair my relationship with my mother, but he changed my life, and kept me out of prison. Although my struggle with addiction and serious legal issues (multiple felony charges) was not easy, Brad paved the road for a very smooth ride to success. He went above and beyond by recommending a rehabilitation facility, and even made a call to reserve a bed for me. I was admitted into the day after my initial consultation. He put my daughter at ease, as she knew this was the first step to a new life for me. I am proud to say at this point I am two years clean of drugs and one year clean of alcohol. Brad kept me out of jail, which is exactly what I hired him for. But in reality, Brad gave me back my life, my happiness, and relationships with my mother and daughters. He has done more for my family, such as taking care of my daughter's speeding ticket, always going above and beyond. I was never treated as a case number. I completely trusted Brad with my life, and I knew I was in good hands. This made sleeping at night possible, versus dwelling constantly on the "what-if." He made me laugh when I needed it, but helped me face the reality of my situation, which was severe. He picked apart my case and looked under every rock, twist, and turn to mitigate the damages. I hope to neither relapse nor need his legal consul in the future; however, I do know he will always be there if I need him. Brad has become a friend, a mentor, and someone who I give credit for guiding me on the right path. After all, the proof is in the results. I got more than my money's worth. Thank you, Brad and your entire team.

Bobbie Cornelius

Arnold & Smith, PLLC is a firm of SUPER attorneys and the best in Charlotte, in my opinion. Matt Arnold and Joanna Walle make an amazing team, both in the courtroom and out. Mr. Arnold is committed to winning. He fought hard on our behalf in a nasty, overly litigious divorce case. He maintained focus throughout the entire length of the case and never gave up. I have Arnold & Smith to thank for helping end the craziness of this case. I highly recommend Arnold & Smith but pray I never need them again!


I cannot say enough good things about Anastasia Cowan! You HAVE to hire her. I shopped around for lawyers and after our consultation, I knew she was the one. I was going through a messy divorce and custody battle and needed her. Anastasia was focused on my goals and had a clear strategy from the beginning which she carried out flawlessly to get me what I wanted. The outcome was better than I could have imagined and is the best case scenario. She never ceased to amaze me and my family. Anastasia is professional, efficient, smart, and fearless. She sure knows how to get the job done! She took control and started getting results, from beginning to end. She worked tirelessly to attend to every unique detail of my case and fought relentlessly for me, my babies, and our future. She always applied the right force to get what we wanted. And her timing is perfect. I felt like I was her only client. She responds very quickly (love that!) and was ALWAYS there for me no matter my need. I could trust her 110%. I always took her advice and she never steered me wrong. Anastasia also worked diligently to keep costs down which I appreciate. Her assistant Kristin is amazing too and works very hard. They are a powerful team. Anastasia not only offers the best legal services with results, but she also offers emotional tenderness and awareness. She is very kind and compassionate, as she understood this was the most difficult time in my life. Her genuine care and concern for me and my children really sets her apart. She is the full package! She has been my strength during this time. Things were bad when I came to her and she did miracles. My life and future with my girls would look totally different if I had not gone with Anastasia. She is truly an answer to prayer. I will continue to thank God for her every day as I look into the faces of my beautiful daughters and think of her!

Jean Bruce

I am so glad that I retained Arnold & Smith when I needed an attorney to help me recover unpaid alimony. Lindsey Dasher is absolutely the best! She believed in my case, encouraged me and led me step by step through a very fraught and emotional roller coaster ride. Lindsey and Bethany were totally professional throughout, always available and always proactive on my behalf. They understood both the legal and the personal difficulties I was facing and were a tower of strength to me. Lindsey obtained a very fair settlement for me, and I would recommend her services to anyone.

Carrie McCoig

Steve Swail

I've been a client of Pete McArdle for almost a year now and have been more than impressed and happy with his handling of my case. He is honest and direct but not in an abrasive way. He has done everything possible to settle my divorce out of court and to save me time and money. Yet, he has never slighted me in any way nor lost focus of my expressed goals. He has asked me what I want several times and has done all he can to make it happen. He is an excellent communicator, a skilled writer, highly intelligent and very thorough. He decided on a course of action for my case and has had the combination of skills and experience necessary to see it thru. My divorce is yet to be finalized and more court appearances are looming...Yet, I have complete confidence that things will go well and Pete is on top of whatever lies ahead. Hiring Pete was the smartest thing I've done during this whole divorce process. Highly, highly recommended.

Sandra Tennant

You were right....... If you are in the process of any personal conflict or issue it will be the most emotional, personal and draining experience in your life. After 17 months and a large sum of money spent with another law firm. I felt frustrated, disheartened and aggravated. I was so far in, or so I thought, I didn’t want to “throw in the towel” with my current attorney. But at the same time, I knew something had to be done. I was at the point of walking away without anything that I had worked so hard to obtain for me and my children. I met and consulted with Mr. Matt Arnold on two occasions, at the urging of my friend that had hired his firm in the past. I finally made the decision to “jump ship” and hire Mr. Arnold as my legal counsel. I discussed with Matt what MY goals were and the outcome I wanted. He did not try to sway my thoughts, but did advise me of the possible outcome and set realistic expectations. He and his staff ACTUALLY answer your phone calls and emails in a very prompt and professional manner. They are very experienced in family law, familiar with every aspect and can advise you the best possible scenario or the course you should pursue. Anastasia, Mr. Arnold’s co-counsel was on the phone with me after hours to discuss and plan an upcoming deposition and mediation. Both took place the same day and his office had a very short window to be prepared. Matt was more than ready and the outcome was more than I anticipated. Within four – yes four (4) – Weeks of retaining Matt’s firm my case was settled. He negotiated on my behalf and exceeded my expectations. I have to say that Matt and his staff are intelligent, experienced and a group of very personable professionals that work for You. He wants things settled quickly and in a timely manner. He does not believe in waiting months or even years to achieve your goal. He is honest and sets expectations from day one. He will not “sugar coat” anything and does not beat around the bush. It is my suggestion that you don’t use your hard earned money on legal counsel that will only waste your time for billable hours. Consult with Matt first.

Nina Santiago

I won my case thanks to all the hard work Anastasia Cowan Family law

Becky Hughes

Lindsey Dasher is phenomenal! She was very attentive to my needs, and I felt 100 percent confident in her abilities! I will definitely contact her again for any future legal matters!

Gina Barnhardt

This is a story About me and my journey. It didn’t go well, So I needed an attorney.

Matt Ulrich

Pete McArdle did a tremendous job helping me navigate the nuances of my divorce settlement and mediation.

Scott Miller

Arnold & Smith has been a great law firm to work with. I would have been totally lost in the legal system without their direction; they have assisted me in understanding what I needed to do, when I needed to do it and how I should do it. Mr. Arnold has provided excellent counsel and feedback. I feel comfortable that they have been working for my best interests for over a year.

Sara Grant

Anastasia Cowan and paralegal, Kristin Pierce, have gone above and beyond to ensure my voice was heard in what seemed like a hopeless case. Always prepared, and making me feel as her top priority, she helped open so many doors as I progressed my way back into my sons life. Anastasia has a genuine spirit and truly cares about her clients and their wellbeing. Her knowledge, expertise and credentials supersede expectations and most definitely benefit her clients. Her professionalism is admired and respected.

Jonathan Starnes

Don't let the "Super Lawyer" sign in the waiting room fool you. I read many reviews for many lawyers online before coming to Brad Smith, almost everything positive. This was extremely important to me as this was my first offense DWI, which stemmed from my actual offense; a $25 fee traffic violation. I had a huge government job riding on this case that I had been training for months along with online testing that spanned the course of a year. My incident happened two days before my acceptance review, which was postponed upon the outcome. I was nervous, alone, and took up a second night job for six months in order to pay the amount asked for (working 7 days a week). The only reason I am giving one star is because A) I have to to review and B) Brad's secretary gave timely and full responses to my questions. I only met with Brad two or three times and each time he seemed to talk down to me and never said anything that inspired any hope. The case was delayed each month for about a year. Months where my only friend/witness (and I) would have to take time off from work (beyond what PTO would cover) and show up in a suit only to delay to next month. I felt so guilty I would buy my friend lunch after the wait as a way of apology. On the day of the trial, it went very quickly and I did not say a word. It was not dismissed. I was convicted, and spent an almost unprecedented amount of money paying court costs and other fees required. This was all while my license was removed, making any transportation an embarrassing ask, especially any court mandated appointments that HAD to be made. Brad's words to me after the trial? "Man, what happened in there?" I still do not know, I was hoping you could have told me. Then afterward he had the audacity to tell me that he knew of people who had continued their careers in my desired field despite this "setback." I have searched. Never found them. My job prospects? Gone. I was told to not return to any one in that sector even though my test scoring was above and beyond satisfactory requirements. A year or two later I tried and was laughed out and told I would be lucky if they let me sweep carrier decks. Words cannot express my severe disappointment with asking Brad to represent me.

Debra Stacks

Off the chart Attorneys.

BDFisch22 .

I'm chose to be represented by Pete McArdle and I couldn't be happier with the choice. He guided me through the divorce and custody process with utmost professionalism. I really appreciated his honesty about various aspects of my case and how he strove to not only secure the best outcome for my child and myself but also sought to do so in the most efficient way possible. Mr. McArdle was also determined to avoid going to court however despite his best efforts it became unavoidable. When we did eventually did go to court his experience we amply demonstrated which resulted in a favorable ruling on my behalf. Highly recommended.

robert haupt

Excellent Attorney. Prompt. Responsive. Creative. Great individual with whom to work.

Anthony Jones

Would be 5 stars but took to long to get my settlement check after signing insurance check over. Otherwise great legal firm.

Jake S.

Mr. Arnold and Mr. Smith have handled court cases for myself with great professionalism. The entire office is extremely responsive to clients' needs and I cannot think of a better firm to work with. They have also consulted and helped steer my business with strong legal direction to minimize my company's risk and liabilities. They are outstanding!

James Dixon

I recommend Mr. Smith and his team. I have been very satisfied with the quality of his and his team's work in handling my case. I was found not guilty because of his hard work and professionalism

Ronnie Flora

Good day we just wanted to take a moment to Thank you for taking on our case and all your support. We original spoke with Mr. Smith and further worked with Laura. We appreciate you working with us and our situation. You were very prompt to answer all our questions and the many emails we sent through out the process. God Bless.

Zack Lahbabi

Matt Arnold has represented our company in several cases dating back to 2008. His attention to detail, professionalism and knowledge are second to none. He has kept our best interest at heart throught the process. I HIGHLY recommend him for any legal needs you might have. He can get the job done!


Brad Smith is an outstanding criminal defense attorney. He helped my family get through one of the most difficult matters we have ever faced. Brad’s knowledge of the law and the legal system, along with his compassion, positive attitude, and confidence, made our case run as smoothly as it possibly could have. Brad put us at ease right from the beginning. He responded to every one of our phone calls and answered all of our questions. He knew our case inside-and-out. His performance in court was stellar. In fact, as we left the courtroom, I heard someone say about Brad, “If I ever need a criminal defense attorney, I’m calling that guy.” In short, Brad Smith provided us with the best legal services that we could have asked for. I would recommend him to anyone. _______ Btw, our case got dismissed. Also, I’d like to add that that Brad’s paralegal, Kathryn (Katie), did an outstanding job as well, and we greatly appreciate all of her hard work on our case. Many thanks to both!

Tonya Heller

Paul and Brandon did a wonderful job and i am very happy with the services they provided me. I would recommend them for your legal troubles.

Mitchell Blum

Outstanding service -- I wholeheartedly recommend this law firm

Teresa Tomas

I met Anastasia 8 days before a full custody hearing. Even I had a lot of documentation and the best of intentions. I couldn’t made it with out her. It would not be possible without her professionalism and deep understanding of the law . She is also very responsive via e mail and phone whenever I have questions Sometimes love and justice is not enough, you need a lawyer to defend you, in my case, I found so much more than that. This is a very complicated situation, and not matter how hard things are. She sincerely cares about her clients, she cares about me and my daughter. On top of that she works with a great assistant, Kristin, they are very responsive, very quickly not only rights you back, but Kristin writes back in the next hour or so, it is unbelievable the kind of person that she is. No wonder why they work as a team. When things get impossible, she is there to lift you up and see the good things. Anastasia is not only my attorney; she gives me hope. She is more that I wonderful attorney, she is a wonderful person. She takes the time to listen to you, hear your opinion. Anastasia can see so much father that I can see and is able to bring me peace when everything is shaking. There is not one day goes by that when I see or play with my daughter the name Anastasia does comes to my mind. Going through a custody batter, I would say, torture, it is hard to explain all the things that you want to say, You need a an attorney that is there for you, your voice when you don’t have the right words. She is definitely in my prayers at night when I get to part of being thankful you for things. She is definitely someone you want on your side to help you through. I highly recommend her.

Jamo Talbert

I left a bad review of this place awhile ago and i have had time to reflect on my case and have come to the realization that due to the circumstances of my case no lawyer could have won my particular case because i was in a no win situation because of unproven lies of the other party. This law firm is very professional and attentive and my prior review was made out of misdirected anger and i sincerely apologize. I have been a client of this law firm for 11 years and they were at every court hearing fighting for me tooth and nail and we won a lot of the battles. We just finally lost the war, which was of no fault of theirs nor mine. It takes a man to admit when he is wrong and i was wrong for leaving a review like that of this place. I highly recommend this law firm, they are one of the best in mecklenburg county

yishmeister .

I created a fairly complicated mess for Ms Cobb to help me with over a few months. Two speeding violation and a HOV lane violation. Ms. Cobb helped me plead to one speeding violation, while the other two violations were dismissed. Throughout the process Ms. Cobb was a true professional and extremely helpful. I also want to commend her assistant Kristia Bourbonnais at the firm, who was always prompt in answering any questions I had through the process. I want to thank Kristia and Ms. Cobb for their assistance!

Brian Syphard

Pete McArdle has represented me on two occasions. My divorce went smoother than I thought possible. Currently, he is helping me through a child custody case and it has been progressing favorably. Pete is easy to communicate with and manages expectations well. I'll post again when we get to the end of this one. Returning as a client in such a stressful situation is the greatest compliment.


I contacted Jeff Thompson to help represent my son who got himself into a little bit of trouble! Jeff was very professional and thorough! He is also very personable and easy to talk to. He took his time to explain to us step by step what was going to happen and was able to get the charge dismissed! My son learned a very important lesson and I gained a great lawyer!! Jeff Thompson is an amazing, hardworking and very knowledgeable lawyer and I would confidently recommend him to anyone looking for excellent representation. Thank you again Jeff for all your hard work!

Casey Ariel

Pete McArdle has been a pleasure to work with and I have complete confidence in his ability to represent me well in the future. I have been impressed with Pete's competence and his ability to meet my needs in an efficient manner. In each conversation, there is no time wasted and I walk away with results / actionable steps to take toward meeting my needs. I am grateful to have retained such a great lawyer.

wubshet desalegn

One word to describe my experience, SATISFIED! Mr. Smith took care of my case to end. I am more than happy to recommend him for any legal advises.

Michelle C

Jeff Thompson was God sent. He took all of my worries away and made me feel so comfortable. I couldn't have asked for a better attorney and paralegal. I could tell that Jeff truly cared about me and my case and would not settle for anything less than perfect. He went above and beyond for me and I cannot thank him enough! If you need a great attorney I would recommend Jeff Thompson 100%.

Casie Seagraves

I have been involved in a highly contentious divorce case in Union County for 3.5 years. Last May I found myself "lawyer shopping" again when my lawyer at the time completely lost my trust. I decided on a highly respected attorney in Union County...however she tries to keep her practice in Union only and part of my ex's ambulance chasing lawyers plan was to sue me in multiple counties. I asked my divorce lawyer to give me a recommendation for the superior court case (libel) in Mecklenburg. "I want an amazing lawyer who will anniahilate them". Her response "Call Matt Arnold"...and that is exactly what Matt did...anniahilated them! Matt (and Kyle) kept me completely informed of the financial aspects. I knew exactly what I was getting in to and was never suprised by his billing. Matt and Kyle actually answer their emails and return phone calls...which can be rare in my experience with attorneys. Matt knew exactly what I wanted as a result for this case, always informed me of what realistic expectations I should have, he knew what I would accept, and he delivered (and some comic relief as well)! My family and I still talk about how my case made such a quick turn around once Matt took over! My advice is to choose Matt first and avoid having to come to him later!

Holly Taylor

I retained Pete McArdle to represent me in a high conflict custody case. It appeared to be a hopeless case as my ex had DSS on his side. In addition, the Guardian Ad Litem found me to be an unfit parent. But then - Pete had his turn. In less than one day, he turned the case around. Since he nailed it over and over, we call him “The Carpenter.” I was awarded full legal custody. Pete McArdle is the St. Jude of attorneys. He was a rock star!

Raymond Nixon

I was charged with a DUI and Mr Smith represented me with excellence. I was found not guilty! I highly recommend Mr Smith!

Ronnie Hawes

My experience with Brad Smith was everything he promised. He was very thorough and outlined what I could expect through out the process. Now that my case is resolved and I can honestly say it was very true to his outline. I appreciate is professionalism and straight forward approach. I would definitely recommend him and his staff for their services.


What an awesome law firm! Every staff member there is very polite, patient, and professional. I was at the lowest of low when I was told about Arnold & Smith. I did a consultation with Anastasia Cowan and immediately knew the games were over. She patiently listened to the recap of the last two years of my horrifying adoption story. She quickly pointed out the issues of urgency and immediately started on my case. Thanks to Ms. Cowan, yesterday, I was awarded full custody of my now two year old daughter. Anastasia, thank you for caring and making a difference!

Gail Warlick

Paul Tharp and Dylan Griffin helped me with a personal injury suit with my insurance company. I informed them from the beginning that I would follow their lead and I'm so happy that I did. It took less than a year and all of my medical bills were finally paid. This firm is very fortunate to have these two working for them. They are both excellent.

Adrian Acuna

I have worked with Pete McArdle for a couple of years now when my wife decided to divorce and relocate with my kids to a different state. Pete helped me out to settle our marital property outside the Court without a major dispute, waste of time and money, and without the stress of preparing for and being before a Judge. Most importantly, Pete was very proactive to negotiate a custody agreement that allowed me not only to have my children often, but also to keep my boys in North Carolina – all this also accomplished outside the Court room. Unfortunately, a few months later, my ex-wife filed a motion with the Court to again try to take my boys far away from me. I was terrified. This time we did go to Court. Pete cared about my children and my case. He was very thoughtful and, with Tamara, his paralegal, prepared for Court as I expected. In Court, Pete was very aggressive defending the best interest of my kids – my children are in town today. Pete is very practical and will speak honestly to you. You can’t go wrong with him.


Attorney Brad Smith is most definitely the sharpest and most competent attorney I have ever dealt with in my 64 years of life. I would highly recommend him. He is an asset to this community. Dr. K.


I met Anastasia Cowan two years ago at a time that I had given up on all family law lawyers. Previous lawyers were only interested in billable hours and stretching my custody case for as long as possible. A lot of money resulted in zero results for me as a client! It is tough to find a good lawyer who truly cares about their clients. Anastasia cares and seeks justice for her clients! From the beginning she understood my family objectives and together we developed a road map to improve my child custody and child support case. She is one of a kind. Anastasia is a straight talker with a no non-sense legal approach. She is a hard worker and she rises to the occasion during the big games. She delivered great results for me and I am sincerely thankful that I met Anastasia. She has changed my family life for the better and I would highly recommend her for your family law issues.

Terrence Gresham

Brad Smith is the best lawyer in Charlotte. He represented me on a sexual abuse case and returned not guilty verdicts. His team is awesome and very thorough! He took the time and did the necessary research to make sure he knew every detail about the case. I wouldn't recommend any other law office but Arnold & Smith. He literally saved my life.

Carlos Berrios

Pete McArdle represented me and my divorce went smoother than I thought. Pete is easy to communicate with and manages expectations well.He has incredible experience and his advise is great that everything went as expected at negotiation. Thanks Pete and the Arnold & Smith Firm.

Greg Phillips

I followed my divorce attorney to Arnold & Smith from another firm. Tonya Smith made no guarantees or promises or any means of coercion to get me to follow her. She simply let her record stand. It did well. I did not hesitate to follow her to Arnold & Smith. Tonya always held my interest at the foremost. She also kept a keen eye on keeping me on track, for the health of the case and to help curb paying unnecessary fees coving things that were not pertinent to the case. Tonya showed concern and believed my side of the case. Once I hired Tonya, I knew I had a fighting chance. There were many times when I would call her all frazzled and nervous about my divorce. She always knew the legal advice I needed to handle the situation. She always calmed my nerves. Tonya was constantly on the proactive side of the case. She tried to get everything settled in a timely manner. Unfortunately, the Cabarrus County Court System was not very conducive to that means. Not to mention the many, many communications through unanswered letters, phone calls, and emails to opposing council. Although this discouraged me, Tonya kept at it. When the situation warranted it, she would hold Opposing Council’s feet to the fire. During my Civil Trial, she picked apart what my ex-wife put together to try to get me to not be able to see my little girl. At the trial, my ex-wife didn’t stand a chance against Tonya. Not only did she make her look like the fool she is, Tonya got my case dismissed. I did my best to follow her advice to the letter. I know I wouldn’t have come through my divorce with what marital property I have, and more importantly, my wits without Tonya. She handled my case with professionalism, integrity, and without having to stoop to the tactics that the Opposing Council used. In short, I believe Tonya to be a rock solid attorney.

Eric Souare

8/2 - Just now my misdeamenour case was dismissed thanks to Bradley Smith. I did not even have to see the judge. He is also very friendly and humble, most importantly knows what he is doing for sure.

Amanda Paige

I highly recommend Arnold & Smith law firm - specifically Pete Mccardle. Pete stands out from other lawyers I've hired in the past not only because he is extremely knowledgeable and good at what he does, but he also genuinely seemed to care about my case and communicated very well throughout the process... any question I had was answered in a timely manner. He was confident and professional in the courtroom and my case ended in my favor. I couldn't have been happier with my decision to hire him. THANK YOU!

Kennedy Williams

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Don Lane

Even though you feel you can do it yourself; even though you feel you are in the right; even though you feel you should not have been given the ticket; Don't do it yourself. Hire Arnold & Smith. Laura Cobb and Kristia Bourbonnais were a pleasure to work with and were prompt with answers and details. My fee was less than my ticket would have costed me in court, not to mention the additional cost in points on my license as well as the additional increase in premiums from the insurance company. Laura Cobb had to appear in court twice on my behalf and ultimately the case was dismissed. No additional court cost, no points, no insurance increase. I think they are great. You will too.

Garrett Hagler

I have retained Mr. Brad Smith's services twice in the past. Both were times of concern, and uncertainty for me. Mr. Smith was extremely diligent, thorough, and always confident. As a result, I had the best possible outcome in both cases. Hopefully I will never again require the services of an attorney. However, if I do I will only consider Arnold & Smith.

Jeff Henry

Brad made the process smooth and clearly laid out his plan. I was informed during the entire process. Brad did an excellent job representing me.

Nicholas Cala

My experience at Arnold & Smith was fantastic. Brad Smith was very thorough and outlined what I could expect throughout my case. Now that my case has been resolved (dismissed), I can honestly say Brad's outline/expectations were spot on. I also appreciated Brad's professionalism and straightforward approach. The office staff was extremely professional as well--promptly returning phone calls, replying to emails, and keeping me in the loop. I highly recommend Arnold & Smith for legal services--by far the best law firm in town.

Robin H

Jeff gets an A+ for resolving something for me. He knows how to get the job done. I’m thrilled someone referred me to this law firm.

David Shrum

Matt and his staff are second to none!! I was dealing with a custody situation with my daughter that was frustrating to say the least! I was upfront and honest about my situation, and Matt was the same with me 100% of the time! Matt, Ashley, and Joanna were spot on when it came to filing papers and meeting deadlines, communicating new issues, and guiding me in the right direction of what I needed to do. This was one of the most difficult things I've ever had to deal with, and they were with me every step of the way! I got exactly what I wanted in custody with my daughter, and we settled out of court in mediation. I consulted with at least a half a dozen different attorneys before I found Arnold & Smith. Do yourself a favor and save time and money, go directly to Arnold & Smith with your legal needs! You can trust them!! #enoughsaid #micdrop

Kari Mower

Jeff Thompson was very knowledgeable and handle my case very well! I couldn’t have done it without him. He was friendly but still very professional! I was very impressed by his skills and happy with my outcome! Fantastic lawyer!!!


I came to Anastasia Cowan at the Arnold & Smith offices in the most desperate of circumstances. I was a single mom with a one year old and my custody case was very difficult and unique to most lawyers, I interviewed several attorneys before going with Anastasia and I am forever grateful that I did. Her professionalism, intelligence and genuine concern have been pivotal in getting the results I wanted and needed. Her knowledge for the law and her strategy leave you feeling confident and she helped me settle with the best possible outcome. She is thorough and honest. I would recommend Anastasia to ANYONE involved in a child custody crisis. She navigated me through the most difficult time of my life and got me the results I hoped for. Forever thankful.

Edward Taylor

Have to say that J. Brad Smith is a great attorney. He takes the time to deal with your problem even if he has to rearrange his schedule. The staff that I have dealt with are knowledgeable and professional and great human beings. If I could change only one thing, it would be the have a more timely response to calls and being kept informed of progress. But a better defensive criminal lawyer you'll be hard pressed to find.

Jenny Buseick

Matt Arnold represented our son in a recent custody case. He helped our family through an extremely difficult and emotional process as he navigated our complicated case through the court system. His knowledge of the law, passion for justice and quick thinking paired with Alyssa Levine's thoroughness and attention to detail are a winning combination. We felt like they cared about our family and wanted to fight for us. Our son now has the time with his daughter that he always deserved. Thank you Matt and Alyssa!

Carolyn Morgan

My experience with Arnold & Smith was great! I received a traffic citation which they promptly handled. The staff was professional and courteous. My citation was dismissed, saving me costly insurance points. I would highly recommend them!

Ben Hinchey

I highly recommend Arnold & Smith for any family law needs. My experience with the firm was extremely positive, and my attorney, Ms. Laughrun, was a consummate professional and an encouraging and positive voice throughout what was otherwise a difficult case.

Douglas Lavette

Brad Smith and his team exceeded all expectations in the handling of my case from day one! I cannot thank them enough for the compassion and professionalism they exhibited throughout the process. Thank you!

Barbara White


Derrek Hooper

The Attorneys at this firm are the best in Charlotte! A mistake was made by posting a negative comment Ment for another site! Sorry for the mistake, and I will monitor staffers more closely! EDH.

Crystal Ann Gray

Arnold & Smith is an excellent law firm to work with. I was in a car accident and they were able to help me even though I live in Illinois. All correspondence was done over the phone, e-mail, and fax. Everyone was wonderful, patient, and got me the maximum they could for settlement. Highly recommended!


This is the best Law Firm I have ever encountered. They actually care about their clients. Dennis Smith is one of the most professional attorney. He has been so patient handling my case and has answered all of my questions and made me feel at ease. I will recommend him to all of my friends and family. He is truly an asset to the firm.

Amber D.

I can't say enough great things about Matt Arnold and his team. I had a very complicated, high-conflict case which took a lot of time and effort on everyone's part, and I feel like my case was given the time and attention it required. Matt Arnold is a hell of an attorney, and I would go as far as saying one of the best in Charlotte, if not the best. Bree is also amazing. She always took the time to explain things to me in a way that I would understand. This is not a group of your run of the mill attorneys...they are knowledgeable, great at what they do, they care, and they won't put up with BS. Hiring Matt Arnold and his team was the best decision I made.

Trysta Carter

I highly recommend Anastasia Cowen. She assisted me through a difficult and contentious child custody and child support case. She’s a “No BS” and a “cut to the chase” attorney. Anastasia is very generous and compassionate to her clients. She maximized our time strategizing before our court appearance. In family law court, Anastasia’s knowledge and personal relationship really assisted me in a positive outcome. Anastasia was very efficient with her involvement with the case to cut my costs, and she was helpful in directing me to gather documents and information for effective pleadings and our strategy for a final agreement. If you are looking for an attorney to take as much stress as possible away from what could potentially be a very difficult situation-I cannot recommend her enough. Thank You Anastasia!

Michael W

I recently engaged Arnold & Smith regarding representing me for a separation agreement in my divorce. I can’t speak highly enough regarding the outstanding services I received from this law firm. Both Matt Arnold and Lindsey Dasher were working with me on my agreement and both were true professionals. It was very important to me to have an attorney who was professional, knowledgeable, and most importantly responsive. Both Matt and Lindsey portrayed all of these qualities in addition to taking the time to patiently educate me on areas of high importance throughout the process. I highly recommend Arnold & Smith to anyone who is in need of these services and looking for attorney’s who care about you as both a client and an individual.

Mehret Kibrom

Brandy Fields

Thank you for keeping the drama &unjust out of my life.I found myself in NEED of the services of Bradley Simth,not only did he win my case,he proved my innocence.He and his law firm are Top Of The Line...This man takes your case personal....I HIGHLY recommend them......Never again will I have to research or make countless calls to find the Best of the Best, keeping them in my contact list....

Franz Maish

Ms. Carter handled my divorce and child custody case in Union County. She did a superior job. I couldn’t be more pleased. Opposing counsel was trying to use my military service against me. They brought up my combat tours, my PTSD diagnosis and tried to paint me as a bad father who was going to go postal any minute. Ms. Carter brought in expert witnesses, neighbors, family and members of my platoon to demonstrate not only that I was trusted, loved and had served honorably but was a good father. She made the judge see the truth. Her commitment was unwavering, her steadfast determination unmatched, her work ethic unequaled, and she truly cared about me, my family, and my son. She is warm, determined, compassionate, highly capable and her preparation and strategy are superb. Thanks to her I now have joint physical and legal custody of my son.

George Bell

Matt Arnold is a very skilled divorce lawyer in Charlotte. When my firm has a conflict or a very complex family law issue, Matt Arnold is at the very top of our referral list. Will keep sending referrals to you.

larry laye

If You are ever charged with a hunting or fishing violation Laura Cobb is the attorney you want.I sent in all of the information i could to help with my case(probably more than i needed to) The courts made an error and issued a warrant against me. Ms Cobb had that corrected the very same day. She was able to get my charges dismissed. Kristia,Ms Cobb's assistant kept me informed along the way and was very pleasant to deal with. I realize that a dismissal isnt always obtainable but this firm WILL work hard to get the best possible outcome. Im glad i picked Arnold and Smith!

A Cherry

Pete did a great job with my case. He was easy to contact and any appointments I needed were scheduled promptly. He was great at keeping me calm during a stressful time in my life and I felt very confident in his abilities. My settlement was handled quickly and fairly and I was extremely happy with the results! I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of a great lawyer.

David Pirro

Courtney Carter was awesome and did a great job from start to finish. She is very professional and always attended to my issues in a timely manner and always provided what I needed .I would recommend her to anyone

Anthony Mokan

Brad Smith - A+

Matt Walker

Pete and his team have done a very good job of guiding me through my divorce preceding. He has been very thorough. When I was struggling to deal with certain situations, he was very level head and helped me to stay focused. He is well versed in rule of law and I would have no problem recommending Pete and his team.

Jereme Randall

Jillian is the BEST. I have had alot of Attorneys in my time(unfortunately). But she is not your standard blood sucking attorney. She gets the job done at a more than fair price and is fair with all he billing. If you need a defense attorney search no further than this firm and especially Jillian.

Terry McIntosh

I am so thankful that I found Anastasia Cowan to help me with my child custody case. I went to court on an emergency child custody order and she was able to get better results than I had expected or even hoped for! She is tactful, caring, smart and efficient. She helped me feel very prepared and confident. She is also very responsive to emails and phone calls. I look forward to continuing to work with her through the rest of my case.

Charlotte Thomas

Matt Arnold and his team have assisted us with a very sensitive custody issue with professionalism, courtesy, and tremendous personal service for the past two years. His office staff is friendly and always responsive to phone calls and emails in a very timely manner. Matt is genial, extremely knowledgeable, and takes the time to ensure we understand every situation from all perspectives. He understands our time is as valuable as his and makes every effort to ensure conversations are streamlined and repetitive processes are minimized. I would highly recommend this firm and Matt in particular.

Richie N

Very professional and efficient Attorney's

Herbert Gray

This Law firm is Awesome!! Anastasia Cowen has done a wonderful and successful family/civil litigation law suite for us. I highly recommend Mrs. Cowen for any family and domestic matters. She wins!!!!!

Bruce Collins

Because of the hard work of Mr. Arnold, he was able to close my divorce case quickly saving me over a hundred thousand dollars. The staff of Arnold and Smith were very professional. Always answering any of my concerns. I would highly recommend Mr. Arnold for any divorce.

Stephanie B

Very disappointed in Anastasia Cowan and this law firm. I felt that she didn’t really care about what I wanted or especially needed as a client. I had hoped that she would have fought harder for me because this also affects my children. I contacted Mr. Arnold to let him know that I was unhappy. Didn’t help. I paid them thousands of dollars. I feel that my money would’ve been better spent if I had hired a different attorney.

Stuart Rosen

I recently was pulled over by a state trooper who must have been bored on a Sunday afternoon. He cited me for following too close, and not wearing a seatbelt. I contacted Arnold & Smith to handle my case and was blown away at how easy they made the whole process. I am definitly going to call them whenever I recieve any traffic citation in the future, as well as refer them to others. Stuart Rosen

Brett Henderson

I had retained Mr. Arnold for a tense custody battle in which my little girl was being kept from me by her mother when we had separated. I was always in my daughter's life and it was extremely important to me it stayed that way. Matt, and his team, worked quickly, decisively, and aggressively to fight for emergency custody of my daughter. The level of professionalism, confidence, and knowledge of the law (and knowledge of the area court systems) is second to none. The entire staff at Arnold & Smith is professional and will walk you through the steps of your battle. The levels of communication, via phone and email, will keep you up-to-date at all times and prevent you from feeling stranded. His courtroom demeanor demands the attention of the room and is where his talents shine even further. Finally, he has an important outlook which can be lost in the shuffle when custody battles become heated...he continuously asks questions which keep the best interest of the child in mind. I would recommend Mr. Arnold to anyone whom wants to assure their children stay in their life. Mr. Arnold, Joanna, and the rest of his staff are worth every dollar. You absolutely will be bringing the top talent to the courtroom when you retain him.

Nicholas Jones

I recently sought representation for my Alienation of Affection case. I assume anyone who has ever needed to consult a lawyer has felt similar to me. I felt very nervous prior to meeting Pete and his paralegal, Britany at Arnold & Smith. I had never been through anything like this before. Pete came into the office, sat down across from me at the table and introduced himself. He began telling me that he has dealt with many cases like mine before and that I should not worry. He was very passionate about my case and seemed to understand the pain involved with discussing these type of things. My mind was immediately put at ease and I felt very secure in my choice to have Pete represent me. I felt that I could trust in his judgement and his word. Brittany became an invaluable part of the team as well. She was always available to answer any questions that I had in a prompt manner. She is a very patient person and I appreciated that. Pete represented me with diligence, vigor and professionalism throughout the process. I always knew what to expect during my case. Pete seemed to always know what the opposing counsel was going to do before they did it. One of Pete’s distinguishing characteristics is his easy going attitude and ability to sit in a room, talk with you and make you feel as though you’d been friends for many years. However, he aggressively pursued every legal option against the opposing counsel to achieve the best possible outcome for me. I am very happy with the settlement that was reached. I trusted Pete Mcardle and you can too.

Takka Tono

You will get exactly what you paying for. These guys are on top for a reason. Anastasia cowan handled my case with ease. I got everything she went to war for, and extra. She a beast when it comes to winning a case. And her side kick ( kristin) is also on point. But you have to remember these guys are the best so everyone is chasing them down, that means they are always in battle. Just have patience and leave them to do what they do best. You won't regret it.

Lauren Berrien

Pete McArdle represented us with a child custody case. I can’t truly describe how impressed I was in that courtroom. My ex didn’t know what him. His face turned red and he looked like a fool. Attorney McArdle took everything he said and turned it back around on him to where he could hardly speak. The evidence they had against me was a joke when Attorney McArdle was finished with him. His opening statement to the opposing party was, “so have you ever heard the expression, bringing a knife to a gun fight?” Then it was on and he went after him with guns blaring. We had a judge that is typically what they call a 50/50 judge and that is what my ex wanted I believe due to child support reasons. Attorney McArdle beat all odds and my daughter is still with me the majority of the time. I am so grateful for what he did for us. I thought the word failure meant something stops or is not working. Then I became a paramedic and realized if someone is in kidney failure or heart failure that it has not stopped working completely. I looked up the definition of the word and it merely means, not meeting it’s full potential. Attorney McArdle is the opposite of what this means. I believe he was designed to be in a courtroom and is living up to his full potential. He sat there and listened and wrote notes when the opposing party was testifying, then when it was his turn to ask the questions I was amazed at how he turned and twisted every word they said to expose them for the lies they told and downplay the dirt they attempted to throw at me. It was like something out of a movie. I will always want Attorney McArdle with me if I ever have to be in a courtroom again. He is truly amazing at what he does.

Carolyn Shipman

Mr. Smith was able to get our case dismissed and was easy to work with. His staff returned calls/emails promptly. I would recommend to others.

Jenny Henriquez

Paul & Brandon where the best when handling our case very professional both. Won and settle the case in less than a year. Them communicating every step they would take regarding the case. Was the best because we where inform about everything, I truly recommend Arnold & Smith for any case sincerely. They have different departments and even if they didn't have what you are looking for in am sure they will recommend you to some one they trust. You will be in good hands if you go to Arnold & Smith, oh and ask for Paul and Brandon. The best!

David Kelley

Absolutely wonderful experience! Brad came highly recommended from a business colleague. Outcome in the case was as desired in a very timely manner. Moving forward I will contact Brad again with any matter that I require legal assistance on and furthermore highly recommend him to anyone that asks!


I had the pleasure of working with Attorney Bradley Smith. I was arrested for an alleged DUI on October 2015. I found Attorney Smith by searching and reviewing lawyers for my case. I met with Attorney Smith the next day after calling and setting up an appointment and I must say I was treated with the utmost respect by every staff I came in contact with. I explained the situationt at hand and he assured me everything will be okay. Although my case took almost 2 years before it was actually seen in the court, I trusted him and believed that he would get the job done. My worse case scenario is that I can get community service, license suspension and a fine. Well, I am extremely proud to be writing this review because my case was finally seen on today and I must say Attorney Smith DID NOT disappointed. We hoped for the best and he prepared me for the worse. Needless to say, I walked out of that court room a HAPPY woman with my case DISMISSED. If I was to ever need representation for any other matter (bc this will NEVER happen again) I will not hesitate to choose Attorney Smith to represent me. The cost is a little pricey, but you get what you pay for and my money was well spent. A million 'Thank You's' to you and your staff. #GreatPeople #HighlyRecommend

Jessica Rainwater

Hi there! I'm not the kind of person to write reviews but this one is well deserved for Bradley Smith! Had it not been for the amazing reviews I read on here I would have never called him for my DUI/hit and run case. I couldn't be more thankful for all the dedication and support that him and his staff gave me from the beginning to the end of this case. I was so surprised to hear from him the possibility of my outcome (dismissed) but he gave me hope by really digging deep into the details, justifying why even though I do not know all the legal terms and laws, and by explaining exactly what to expect along the way. I became very confident with my decision of choosing Bradley Smith as my lawyer that I didn't have any doubts that this case would end as hoped. I will continue to recommended him to people for cases such as my own. Though the process is long, it is well worth it! Thank you Bradley Smith, you have made a major change in my life and future:)

Erin Bayer

Working with Pete McArdle has been a great experience. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an attorney with extensive knowledge of child custody, particularly when dealing with a complicated situation. He’s the perfect balance of authoritative, yet approachable, and he does an excellent job during both intense courtroom trials and out of court negotiations/settlements.The attention to detail and accessibility of Pete and his team is fantastic. I’m so grateful to have him on my side!

Jason Turpin

Mr. Smith is an excellent attorney. Very professional and always prepared.

Chuck Smith

Awesome Job!!! I would highly recommend Jeff and his firm

David Cox

Truly an excellent choice with Matthew Arnold. His legal guidance has been exact and accurate to my personal situation, he is very personable and helps me to feel calm and confident in very stressful circumstances. Also working with me is Lindsey Dasher who has been very helpful in connecting the gaps that would normally exist in an attorney client relationship, which has made the experience that much more professional. Matthew and Lindsey have helped me tremendously. I look forward to working with them further and would definitely recommend them to anyone who needs professional legal support.

Josh Nead

Brad Smith was very professional and easy to work with. Even his staff is top notch. Always available to answer any questions. They handled my case with ease and left me with a piece of mind. Great people to work with. Thank you!

Jeffrey Nazak

Matt Arnold and Ashley Crowder exemplify what every Family Law lawyer should aspire to be which is professional, focused, tenacious and human. My custody case treaded into unchartered territory. They researched, presented and ultimately won the case which most told me was not possible. I thank them and highly recommend them.

Garth Dedmon

Kristie Sittloh

Mr. Smith is very professional and caring. He made sure I felt comfortable through the whole process and kept me informed of any changes with my case. He worked very hard for me and I am forever grateful for his kind services.

Audrey Zoeller

Attorney Paul Tharp and paralegal Stephanie Pyle, has helped me through a very difficult time in my life. I am happy about the outcome. Thank you!

Nancy Jenkins

I recently hired Arnold & Smith to help me mitigate the costly consequence of a speeding ticket. They were very professional, got the job done in a timely manner and I am very happy with the results. I would definitely go back to them for any legal problems and recommend them to anyone.

Teva Grier

From the first time I met Pete McArdle, he predicted the very outcome of my situation. He may not have realized the irrational rants from a third party he had to deal with, but he was always very calm with a sense of humor about it all. Pete helped me stay focused for the best positive outcome.

Martin McInerney

I recently relocated to Charlotte and was involved in a minor accident where I was at fault. Arnold & Smith took care of everything with one phone call and since I had no priors in the last few years the case was dismissed. They did a great job and I did not have to take time out to go to court!!! I highly recommend the team at Arnold and Smith!

Liam Vinson

Brad Smith was my attorney and when I was called up in court he knew exactly how to handle the judge and how to talk to me about my case.

Lisa Stryker

Matt has provided solid, thoughtful advice through my divorce and several events that followed. Although I've tried to stay focused on what's best for my children, emotions get in the way. It's not always easy to hear what he has to say, but he clearly has my best interest and my children's best interest in mind. Matt’s combination of professional expertise and understanding of human behavior with a dose of compassion is a valuable one. He’s had a positive influence and helped me stay true to my vision of minimizing conflict for my children

Tia Johnson

J. Bradley Smith is a phenomenal attorney! He went above and beyond my expectations! He persisted and was extremely patient when it came to my case; there were so many court dates, but he showed up to all of them with all his notes in order and ready to defend me and work hard for a positive outcome. I am so thankful that someone referred him to me and can only say that if you go with Arnold & Smith you will not be disappointed. Oh, did I forget to say how personable and pleasant he is? As someone who has never been in trouble with the law before; I was scared, worried, doubtful, and more. Smith was empathetic and supportive throughout the entire ordeal. I am just so appreciative!

Kelly P

Very professional, great outcome. I would definitely recommend this firm to others.

Malcolm Mcneil

Anastasia Cowan has been helping me with my ongoing child custody case. She has been extremely helpful and has worked tirelessly to help me get my son back after he was taken out of state by his mother. She is passionate about the right thing for children and very tough in the court room. Anastasia has taken my matter as if we’re her own and has fought very hard to bring justice to my situation. I thank the lord for linking me with Anastasia as she is one of a kind.

Mark Denny

Great DUI attorneys! Hired Brad Smith for a first time DUI and they were able to get my case dismissed. Highly recommend.

Matt R K

Putting my faith and legal future into the hands of Arnold & Smith LLC was the best legal decision I made following two serious legal matters. Since my first consultation with Brad Smith, I was assured it is my best interests that will remain the primary goal for any legal outcome and that was proven. Although I was stuck in legal limbo waiting for a resolution longer than I could have expected, Brad Smith was able to get me a deal that kept me on the career path for which I graduated college to peruse. Life changing moments can come in many forms; many people only remember the bad time (arrests, divorces, car accidents…), but Brad Smith was able to give me back hope for my future by ensuring my record will not hinder residence choices, employment or travel. Admittedly I did not have a lot of face-to-face time with Brad Smith until we needed to discuss case details but the professionalism of the entire Arnold & Smith staff has always reassured me that everything that could be done was being actively pursued. To summarize, if you’ve made bad decisions, it’s time to make the right decision and call Arnold & Smith for your legal representation.


Bradley Smith is amazing, had the plaintiff looking like a clown!

Matthew Pennell

Of the numerous matters that I have allowed Arnold & Smith to assist me with they have been the best. Upfront, honest and most importantly effective in producing the best possible outcome for my situation. Easy to work with and always available to communicate with. They made me feel like I was a priority and while not overbearing did make me feel like I was in good hands. How they prepared and handled any and all of my situations was impeccable. Highly recommended, met and exceeded my expectations.

Robyn Benitz

I was extremely happy with the services provided to me by the law firm of Arnold & Smith. From my first meeting to my last meeting over a year later, they were always very personable, friendly, efficient, and very prompt in responding to any questions I had, and I had quite a few! I always felt well informed of what was going on with my case and truly felt like they were on my side. I was really impressed with Brad Smith and how he presented my case, and WON! I highly recommend using Arnold & Smith's law services.

Dirk Steenekamp

By far the best law firm experience I've ever had. Counsel was incredibly knowledgeable and always one step ahead with all parts of the case, would highly recommend.

S Coward

As a father I was terrified of what divorce could mean for me and custody of my son. I wanted to ensure my time with my son and additonally protect myself legally and financially. Without the benefit of any previous advice I found her by chance and I took a chance. I walked into their office very nervous and unsure. I walked out confident and secure that things would be okay. Tonya set me at ease from the first meeting and I knew I had made the right decision choosing Arnold & Smith. As my case progressed she was always available for all the anxious moments. She guided me through the process and ensured that I understood each step. I never felt as though I was just another client as she treated me like a friend. Tonya was open and honest about my high expectations but worked hard to achive them. And in the end she got the reults (and then some) that I wanted. I could not be happier with the service I received and would gladly recommend Tonya and the entire Arnold and Smith team.

Tyreck Mcfadden

Arnold & Smith is definitely the place to go if you are in need of a family lawyer. Bree Laughrun has been completely awesome for me!! Highly recommend this law firm.

Ashaunte Mitchell

The GREATEST lawyer I even know in Charlotte! Arnold & Smith will set you free! Thank YOU Brad!

Josh Clemons

Matt Arnold, a father himself, and Anastasia Cowan provided excellent service for myself, a father who desired more custodial time to be with his children. Highly recommended in all areas of family law.

Samantha Kent

Mr. Smith and his Associates were more than helpful in every way possible. They were very responsive and very direct with the process. Shall I need legal counsel in the future, I will be using Mr. Smith. I recommend him to the fullest!!

robin H.

I have used Pete McArdle on 2 separate occasions. Honestly, I can't imagine having anyone else on my team. My divorce was one that could have left me financially devastated but instead, Pete was able to negotiate WAY more than the "guidelines" and leave my spouse and his attorney with their tail between their legs. He is relentless when it comes to protecting and representing his clients. If you need an attorney that will take a personal interest in your situation not just about his/her paycheck, then Pete is your guy. Most recently I had to revisit Pete when my ex tried to get out of his financial obligations and Pete once again came through with flying colors. He was so good that in the deposition, my ex's attorney had to tell my ex to "calm down" because Pete knew how to press every button. In the end, I received a lump sum payout and was able to move on with my life. Pete McArdle is FABULOUS! If you're going to hire an attorney....I wouldn't hire anyone else if you want to come out on top!!

James Harris

i cant find the words to say how great my experience was with this law firm....just take my advise if you or someone you know needs a lawyer Please choose Arnold and Smith me you will not regret it

704bv .

Brad Smith is an amazing lawyer ! After 3 previous DUIs i was and a blood alcohol level of 2.4 i was sure i would do some time . But after 10 months we went to trial and Mr Smith won my case ! Anyone facing a criminal charge needs to hire Brad .... He is the man !!!! Thanks again for getting my life back

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