Payne Mitchell Ramsey

Neil Smith

Neil Smith

Neil Smith



Neil Smith is driven by a singular goal: to work on cases that truly make a difference. Throughout his career, he has been a tenacious advocate for abused children, standing up against a spectrum of abusers including evangelists, teachers, coaches, deacons, pastors, counselors, doctors, elders, gurus, pharmacists, and ministers. Because of his work, organizations that have harmed innocent children have been stripped of their assets and their members have been held accountable. Neil is passionate about establishing relationships with his clients while working on cases that bring about positive changes.

Neil's commitment to positive change is evident in his landmark cases, including his representation of the seven child brides of televangelist Tony Alamo, as featured in the documentary "Ministry of Evil." His successes also extend to battles against powerful religious entities, including several cases against the Jehovah’s Witnesses, with one landmark case culminating in a $35 million verdict in 2018.

Outside the courtroom, Neil enjoys running and riding his bike. He is particularly proud of his finishes at Western States 100, Leadville 100, and Badwater 135.

Professional Involvement + Leadership

  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association

  • American Association for Justice

  • East Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Northeast Texas Bar Association
  • T. John Ward Inn of Court


  • Texas A&M University, Construction Engineering, 1993
  • Baylor University School of Law, J.D., 1996


  • Texas
  • Oklahoma
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Federal Claims Court
  • United States Supreme Court