Fighting For YOU!
Jim Smith and Jeff Bukowski joined forces in 2020 to form Smith Bukowski, bringing nearly 50 years of combined legal experience to work for the benefit of their clients. Jeff’s 25 years of substantial experience in complex litigation comes to the firm infrastructure that formerly supported the Smith Law Group, a firm founded by Jim Smith in 2005, to provide a legal service second-to-none.
Smith Bukowski prides itself on offering clients the very best in legal advocacy while being mindful of the client’s goals and financial limitations. At Smith Bukowski, you’ll receive special, personalized attention from the staff and you will know and enjoy a strong working relationship with everyone the firm employs. Your legal needs will be attended to by someone with hands-on, personal knowledge of your circumstances who can specially tailor the legal services to fit your needs.
We are Smith Bukowski!
James M. Smith, Esq.
Jim Smith graduated from Liberty University in 1991 with a bachelors degree in mathematics and a minor in economics. After a few years as a liaison to international banks and trust companies on behalf of a software firm in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Mr. Smith moved to Virginia where he earned his law degree from Regent University School of Law in 1998. He began his practice prosecuting crimes with the Berks County District Attorney’s Office in the Spring of 1999. Mr. Smith spent four years practicing law with a Reading-based law firm before opening his own practice in November 2005, which developed into the Smith Law Group, LLC, which for 15 years enjoyed consistent growth. Mr. Smith’s practice has included hundreds of evidentiary hearings and dozens of oral arguments on behalf of the Commonwealth and private clients before all levels of Pennsylvania Courts, including cases before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Smith has three grown children and one beautiful grandson and currently lives in Fleetwood with his wife, Jennifer. Mr. Smith joined Mr. Bukowski in 2020 to form Smith Bukowski, law firm, where he serves as managing partner and heads the transactional department.
Jeffrey D. Bukowski, Esq.
Jeff Bukowski graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and earned his commission as a U.S. Navy officer through Penn’s NROTC program. Mr. Bukowski served on active duty in the U.S. Pacific fleet from 1987 until 1992, when he left active duty to pursue his law degree at the Dickinson School of Law. In 1995, after graduating from law school, Mr. Bukowski began practicing law at Stevens & Lee, one of the largest 200 law firms in the country, where he concentrated on commercial and intellectual property litigation. Mr. Bukowski became a partner/shareholder of Stevens & Lee in 2003 and demonstrated steadily increasing value to the firm—both in terms of client relationships and substantive client results. In 2020, Mr. Bukowski joined Mr. Smith to form Smith Bukowski, where he heads the litigation department.
Kristin E. Jaquis
Kristin E. Jaquis graduated from Penn State University in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Before attending law school, she served her community as a Mental Health Counselor. Kristin attended the Dickinson School of Law and received her Juris Doctor in 1994. That year she was admitted to practice law in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Kristin spent four years practicing criminal defense and gained extensive litigation experience defending major felony cases. She has served as an Adjunct Professor teaching Political Science and Criminal Law to undergraduate students as well an instructor at the Montgomery County Municipal Police Academy, teaching Criminal Law and Procedure to its cadets.
In 2000, Kristin joined a prominent Philadelphia based law firm representing clients in all areas of automobile insurance and personal liability. Kristin now focuses her practice on family law matters and concentrates in the litigation of divorce, custody, and support matters. She heads up the family law division here at Smith Bukowski.
Kristin Jaquis has two daughters. One who, after graduating college, joined the United States military and the other who is finishing her undergraduate degree in finance.
Kristin lives in Lititz, Lancaster County.
Katie graduated from Penn State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology, and a minor in Sociology. After taking a gap year where Katie worked at a small healthcare law firm in Princeton, New Jersey, she attended law school at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in Baltimore Maryland. During her time in law school, Katie was a staff editor on Maryland Law Review, worked part-time as a law clerk for a local law firm, and obtained a certificate in Healthcare law from her school’s nationally-ranked program. Katie will be focusing on assisting transactional clients in the areas of business law, estate law, and real estate law.
Sarah Bailey joined Smith Bukowski as a Legal Assistant after pouring over 12 years of her life into the lives of the youth of Berks County. She has earned dual degrees from Cairn University in Langhorne and has applied them as a teacher and in the service of non-profit organizations in the area of administration. She and her husband are actively involved in their church community and enjoy spending time with their 3 children.
Traci, a paralegal and notary public, earned her Associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies from S.I.B.T and Bachelor of Laws from the University of London. Traci is a certified paralegal who brings a unique skill set that compliments wonderfully the diverse areas of practice we cover here at Smith Bukowski. Traci lives with her family in Lehigh County and enjoys reading, the French language, painting, hiking, and paddle boarding whenever possible.