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Cordon M. Smart



Cordon Smart focuses his practice on business litigation and environmental law. He represents clients in a variety of civil and environmental matters before state and federal courts, as well as administrative and regulatory bodies.

My Practices

  • A former volunteer law clerk in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, Cordon has a keen understanding of state and federal environmental laws. He helps businesses and individuals address complex environmental problems, and resolve disputes with litigation, if necessary.

  • Cordon represents businesses and individuals in complex business disputes, including matters involving breach of contract, unfair trade practices, and other business-related claims. Drawing from his experience as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court, he works with clients to develop effective litigation strategies and resolve disputes on a multitude of commercial issues.



Judicial Extern to the Honorable Allyson K. Duncan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Fall 2016

Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas D. Schroeder, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, 2017-2018

Honors & Recognitions

Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© "Ones to Watch" for Environmental Law (2024)


University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2017, with high honors, Order of the Coif; Symposium Editor, North Carolina Law Review, 2017

Middlebury College, B.A., 2011, Magna cum laude


North Carolina

U.S. District Court for the Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of North Carolina



Speaking Engagements

Professional & Civic

Professional & Civic Activities

Pro Bono Committee Chair, Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association (2020 - present)

Guilford County Bar Association, Member

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    74 of our attorneys are recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 Guide
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