Brady & Hamilton’s greatest asset is its people, and we’d love to help you get to know them. For this attorney spotlight, we caught up with one of the firm’s newest attorney, Alex Smith.

What do you think is the most challenging thing about practicing law?

The “hurry-up-and-wait” pace of trial work is sometimes a frustration, but courts are
busy and resolving disputes through litigation can take a long time. Dialing in the correct
work-life balance is obviously important. But I’m fortunate to work with a group of
excellent attorneys with a shared interest in solving difficult problems and a desire to
make a positive difference for the client. That’s what it’s all about. Challenges that crop
up along the way almost always come with opportunities to do something good, and
handling a difficult situation effectively for a client is truly a rewarding feeling.

What led you to practice eminent domain law?

I always wanted to do trial work. And I gained lots of exposure to this practice area
during my time as an Assistant Attorney General handling condemnation proceedings
for the Texas Department of Transportation Division (TxDOT). Condemnation impacts
individuals and communities in ways both felt and seen (the road gets built, the pipeline
is constructed, the high voltage transmission lines are hung, etc., etc.), and it’s critical to
understand the balance (or tug-of-war) between the public need for any given
infrastructure project and the individual’s constitutionally protected property rights. The
consequences can be massive, and the attorney can play an important role in shaping
the desired outcome. I joined Brady & Hamilton – Womack McClish in late 2023, and
our firm exclusively represents property owners in condemnation cases. We work hard
to help clients navigate challenging circumstances, and it’s a great privilege to continue
practicing in this field with a group of experienced trial attorneys. I’m having fun every
day and I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Away from work, how do you like to spend your time?

I enjoy hanging out with my lovely wife and our hilarious English bulldog, Gus. We’re
always laughing. And there’s always something fun going on in Austin. But lately,
escaping the city madness on weekends to travel or to see family and friends has been
a welcome respite. Otherwise, if I can find several free hours, you might find me on a
golf course or at a table playing Texas Hold ‘Em. It’s been said about golf and poker that
both games take a minute to learn, but a lifetime to master. Hopefully there’s some
wisdom in that adage.

What’s your favorite local restaurant, and why?

I’ll share a few gems that come to mind. Pete’s Tako House in San Antonio for the best
breakfast tacos on the planet. Redbud Cafe in Blanco for the homemade key lime pie.
And there’s an Italian restaurant in Las Vegas just off the strip called Piero’s. Everything
about it is phenomenal—Scorsese filmed scenes from his movie Casino at the
restaurant, and it still maintains this authentic charm from a bygone era that can’t be replicated. It’s a very memorable experience and if you tell locals you’re going to
Piero’s, they’ll respond with a grin and a nod of approval.

What’s your favorite movie to watch over and over again?

I could probably watch Tombstone on repeat, or Rounders. Paul Newman and Robert Redford teaming up in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting are movies near the top of my list. And I love any movie from the 80s or 90s where someone like Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, or Tommy Lee Jones unravels some major conspiracy and ultimately saves the day against long odds. We also seem to always be running episodes of Mad Men or The Sopranos at our house—two of our all-time favorite TV shows.