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S. Kent Smith, Mediator, Southern Pines, North Carolina.

S. Kent Smith

West & Smith, LLP
140 West Vermont Avenue
P.O. Box 1140
Southern Pines, NC 28388
Tel: (910) 693-3411
Fax: (910) 693-7727
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Recognized to North Carolina Chapter for Mediation Other ADR Services: Facilitation & Systems Design, Fact Finding, Mini-Trial Judge
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  • Practice Commenced1996
  • # of MEDS (as of 17/7/24)1000
  • # of ARBS (as of 17/7/24)250
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Mr. Smith is an experienced trial attorney who has practiced in state and federal court since 1975. Earlier in his legal career, he served as a Military Judge while on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps. His practice for the past approximately thirty-four years has been concentrated in civil litigation, in which he represents plaintiffs and defendants, and he is transitioning to full time mediation and arbitration practice.  Mr. Smith has been a Certified Superior Court Mediator since 1996, and a Certified Family Financial Mediator since 2004, and he has mediated over 1300 cases since his initial certification. Mr. Smith also is selected frequently to serve as an arbitrator for UM/UIM and construction-related claims. His vast experience of more than forty-five years as a trial counsel, judge, arbitrator and mediator provides him with a unique perspective for all sides of a lawsuit, which enables him to be particularly effective in mediations, as well as in other ADR settings.

Case Experience

  • Business Dissolution
  • Commercial/Business
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Education
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Insurance
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Libel & Slander
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Wrongful Death


  • University of North Carolina, J.D., 1975
  • University of North Carolina, B.A., 1972
  • DRC certified Superior Court Mediator - 1996
  • DRC certified Family Financila Mediator - 2004
  • AOC certified District Court Arbitrator - 1995

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Moore County Bar Association
  • North Carolinaa Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Dispute Resolution and Litigation).
  • Charter Member - N.C. Academy of Superior Court Mediators

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