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Cloyd Allen Smith

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Cloyd Allen Smith is a retired Army infantry officer, having served over twenty-three years leading soldiers in the United States, Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, and Cameroon. He brings that same sense of duty to his clients in his practice of law. 

While earning his Juris Doctorate, Cloyd interned at the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., the Public Defender’s Office in Alexandria, Virginia, and the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in Arlington, Virginia. Knowing he wanted to be a trial lawyer, Cloyd focused on criminal cases to gain trial experience. Using his third-year practice certificate during his last year of law school, Cloyd successfully prosecuted seven bench trials in Arlington General District Court, second-chaired a felony malicious wounding case in Arlington Circuit Court and earned an acquittal for a wrongfully arrested defendant in a felony jury trial in Alexandria Circuit Court.

After gaining some initial trial experience, Cloyd officially began his legal career serving as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Richard E. Gardiner of the Fairfax County Circuit Court. During his clerkship, Cloyd gained valuable experience researching the intricacies of Virginia law while drafting and editing legal opinions for numerous circuit court judges in complex civil litigation cases.

Prior to joining Bristle Schulze, Cloyd worked at a prestigious law firm in Fairfax, Virginia where his practice concentrated on complex civil litigation with a focus on business litigation and Trust and Estate Litigation. Within his first year of practicing Trust and Estate Litigation, Cloyd won a case of first impression in the Virginia Supreme Court successfully arguing that a trust is not a contract that can be enforced against a beneficiary under the Federal Arbitration Act or the Virginia Uniform Arbitration Act. Anderson v. Boyle, 301 Va. 52, 871 S.E.2d 226 (2022).

Cloyd lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and has four children; Sara, Caitlyn, Chloe, and Liam. When not in the office or in the courtroom, Cloyd can usually be found playing sports with his son Liam.


  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 2019
  • Command and General Staff College
    • M.M.A.S - 2012
  • Texas A&M University
    • M.A. - 2005
  • Slippery Rock University
    • B.S. - 1996
  • New Mexico Military Institute
    • A.A - 1992
    • Honors: Distinguished Military Graduate

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia


  • Order of Saint Maurice – Centurion
  • Draper Army Leadership Award
  • Numerous Military Awards, including the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal
  • Recognized as a Lawyer of Distinction in Civil Litigation in 2023
  • Recognized as one of the Top Rated Lawyers in Virginia in 2024


  • Greece and Oman: Successful Anglo/American Counterinsurgencies Viewed from the Current American Counterinsurgency Doctrine. BiblioScholar Dissertations, 2012.

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