The entire team of the Smith Alston law firm

East Valley AZ Law Firm

Providing legal services for personal injury cases and those seeking immigration assistance.

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Kenneth Patrick “Patricio” Smith

Kenneth “Patricio” Smith is the Founder and Managing Partner of Smith Alston, PLC, a bi-lingual (Spanish) law firm specializing in Serious Injury/ Wrongful Death Law and Immigration Law. Ken has practiced law in Arizona for over 33 years and is fluent in Spanish.  Ken is one of the most recognized and respected attorneys in the Hispanic Community in Phoenix, Arizona.  In 2011, Ken was recognized by his peers as one of Arizona’s “Finest Attorneys”. 

From 1976 to 1978, Ken served a mission for the LDS Church in Chile, an experience which Ken freely admits changed and blessed his life ever since. 

In 1981, Ken received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations from Brigham Young University. In 1985, Ken graduated from the Pepperdine University School of Law with a Juris Doctor Degree.  During his second year of law school, Ken also completed the Institute of International and Comparative Law in Mexico City sponsored by the University of San Diego School of Law.

Ken has served as a Pro Tem Judge for Maricopa County Superior Courts since 2005, assigned to the Justice Courts since 2005. Ken has many connections, contacts and long-time friends in the Hispanic Community, Diplomatic Corps and within the local Hispanic Media, all who know him as “Patricio Smith”.

In 2011, Ken was voted the “Friend of the Year Award” by the Hispanic Community for his help and leadership in helping to replace one of Arizona’s most notorious anti-Hispanic Legislators. 

In 2012 Ken was appointed by the President of Chile to serve as the Honorary Consul for Chile in Arizona. He is currently serving as the Vice-Chairman the Consular Corps of Arizona

Ken also provides expert political advice and arranges media contacts for local, state and federal candidates who are seeking the votes and financial support of the Hispanic Community. Over the last 25 years, Ken has been interviewed literally thousands of times by local Spanish Radio Stations, dozens of times by Spanish Television stations such as Univision and Telemundo as well as the local Hispanic newspaper, La Prensa Hispana. 

Ken is married to the former Minyon Romney Smith. They have 3 children and 10 grandchildren! 

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John M. Alston

John Alston is a partner with Smith Alston, PLC.  He has been an Arizona licensed attorney since 2005.  Mr. Alston received a Bachelor of Science in Management from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.  After which, he attended Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas, and then returned to Arizona to actively practice law. 

Mr. Alston was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 2005.  He is admitted to practice in the Arizona Supreme Court, Arizona Court of Appeals and the United States District Court of Arizona.  Mr. Alston is a member of the Arizona Association for Justice/Arizona Trial Lawyers Association. 

 Mr. Alston served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  Mr. Alston is a native of Arizona and is actively involved in his community.  Mr. Alston served as a Town Councilman for the Town of Queen Creek, Arizona, from 2010 to 2012, and in the capacity of Judge Pro Tem in the Maricopa County Justice Courts in 2012.  Mr. Alston is married and has three children.

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Jonathan D. Darner

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Jonathan “JD” Darner has been working with Smith Alston, PLC for over 6 years and handles various types of injury cases. Mr. Darner graduated from the prestigious Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Mr. Darner served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Maracaibo, Venezuela. There, he learned Spanish and developed a love for the Latin people and their culture. In his free time, Mr. Darner loves camping, hiking, fishing, hunting and exploring the outdoors. Mr. Darner has 4 children and enjoys any time he can spend with them in the outdoors.

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Spencer Lee

Spencer is an Arizona licensed attorney who is admitted to practice before the Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Arizona Federal District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Spencer has successfully defended cases at the trial and appellate levels of the administrative immigration court system.  Spencer also enjoys the consulting work he does with employers looking for immigration solutions to their labor needs.


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