T.J. Smith attended the University of Kentucky where he received a degree in Business Administration. He then went on to receive his Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in 1989.
After law school, T. J. was a staff attorney for the Supreme Court of Kentucky working directly under the Honorable Charles Leibson, one of the most noted and respected Jurists in the history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Later, he was a prosecutor and was involved in well over 100 criminal trials over a three year span. Since then, T. J. has been almost solely concentrating his practice in the primary areas of personal injury and wrongful death litigation.