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J. B. Smiley Jr.

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JB Smiley, Jr. (born September 08, 1987) is an attorney, author, and member of the Memphis City Council.[1]

Early Life and Education

Smiley was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He graduated from Bolton High School prior to attending Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee. Smiley ultimately graduated from the University of Pikeville in Eastern Kentucky.[2]

After a brief semi-professional basketball career, Smiley pursued a legal education.

While attending University of Arkansas – Little Rock Will H. Bowen School of Law, he served as a member of the Law Review, Moot Court Board and as Vice President of the Black Law Students Association. After graduation, he successfully passed both the Arkansas and the Tennessee Bar Exams, while he was in the process of writing his first book, Born With It: Unleashing Your Greatness.


In 2015, Smiley joined Munson, Rowlett, Moore & Boone, a civil defense law firm based in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 2017, Smiley moved back to his home of Memphis, Tennessee and started his law practice, Smiley & Associates, PLLC.[3]

In 2018, he was named to Memphis Flyer’s Top 20<30 class.[4] During that same year, Smiley ran for Shelby County Commission and came up short . He finished second in a primary race with four candidates.[5] It was not long before Smiley put his name back on the ballot. In 2019, he sought the office of Memphis City Council, Super District 8, Position 1.[6] In this nonpartisan election, with six other candidates seeking the seat vacated by longtime City Councilmember Joe Brown, Smiley's bid for city council was ultimately successful.[7] He received 14,478 votes.[8]

Also, in 2019, he was a finalist in Memphis Business Journal’s Best of the Bar Private Firm Attorney small category.[9]

After the November 17, 2020 Memphis City Council meeting, Smiley filed and Ethics complaint against one of his colleagues on the Memphis City Council. He alleged that the behavior by one of the members during the council meeting violated the rules of order.[10]

As a member of the Memphis City Council, Smiley chairs the Public Works, Transportation and General Services Committee; serve as the Vice Chair for the Economic Development, Technology and Tourism Committee; and act as the Council liaison for MATA and the Urban Art Commission.[11]


  1. Newsroom, T. S. D. (2018-12-31). "CANDIDATE PROFILE: JB Smiley, Jr., Candidate for City Council District 8, Position 1". Retrieved 2021-01-22.
  2. Newsroom, T. S. D. (2018-12-31). "CANDIDATE PROFILE: JB Smiley, Jr., Candidate for City Council District 8, Position 1". Retrieved 2021-01-22.
  3. Law, Submitted by William H. Bowen School of. "UALR hosts Discover Law Day". Log Cabin Democrat. Retrieved 2021-01-22.
  4. McCoy, Chris. "Memphis Flyer 20". Memphis Flyer. Retrieved 2021-01-22.
  5. Moore, Linda A. "Upstart Morrison defeats incumbent Basar as new faces emerge in County Commission primary". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 2021-01-22.
  6. "Politics Podcast: Memphis City Council contender J.B. Smiley Jr". Memphis Local, Sports, Business & Food News | Daily Memphian. Retrieved 2021-01-22.
  7. Burgess, Katherine. "Incumbents dominated in many Memphis City Council races, two districts to have runoffs". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 2021-01-22.
  8. "JB Smiley Jr". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2021-01-22.
  9. Retrieved 2021-01-22. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. Richard, Brandon. "Councilman Smiley files ethics complaint, calls for investigation of Ford after comments". Retrieved 2021-01-22. External link in |website= (help)
  11. "Super District 8-1". City of Memphis. Retrieved 2021-01-21.

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