Carlos B.Z. Smith has over thirty years of legal practice in Liberia and the United States. He served as National Training Coordinator (Assistant Minister) and as Legal Counsel (Deputy Minister) to the Liberian Ministry of Agriculture prior to the Liberian Civil War. Due to the civil crisis in Liberia, in 1991 he relocated to the United States, where he provided legal advice to business entities on Liberian Law. He later practiced Immigration Law. Mr. Smith returned to Liberia in 2006.

Mr. Smith served in the following positions:

  • Director of Research and Consultancy, Liberia Institute of Public Administration
  • Legal Consultant to the erstwhile Concession Contract Review Committee – the
    supporting arm to the Public Procurement Concession Commission (Reviewed
    Concession Agreements and Contracts entered into by the Transitional Government of
  • Legal Consultant to the Governance Commission on streamlining State Enterprises and Government owned corporations.
  • Legal Consultant, Ministry of Agriculture
  • In-House Counsel, ArcelorMittal Liberia Ltd.
  • Assistant Professor of Law, Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia
    (Commercial Transactions and Contract Laws)

Counselor Smith experience as a lawyer covers a range of issues:

  • Litigation both in Liberia and the United States
  • Contracts/Concessions Negotiations, Drafting and Review particularly in the
    Agricultural, Logging and Mining sectors
  • Policy Review and Analysis
  • Providing guidance to Client on legal, regulatory , and contractual compliance issues
  • Providing legal guidance to investors seeking business opportunities in Liberia
  • Interaction with public officials

Academic Qualifications

L.L.B (1980) Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia, Monrovia, Liberia

M.P.A. (1972) The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburg

B.A. History & Government (1969) School of Liberal Arts, University of Liberia, Monrovia

Professional Affiliations

Admitted to Practice Law in the following jurisdictions:

  • The State of Maryland - 2002
  • The State of New York - 2000
  • Republic of Liberia - 1980

Member of the following Bar Associations:

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Liberian National Bar Association
  • Supreme Court Bar, Republic of Liberia