Travis Smith, Attorney

Travis J. Smith is a founding partner of Smith & Johnson and the elected Murray County Attorney.

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In law school, Mr. Smith quickly realized that his three passions were legal research, writing, and oral advocacy. These passions led him to focus his practice on appeals. Mr. Smith excels at examining the record, drilling down into the fine details of a legal argument, and weaving the facts and law together to show appellate courts why his clients should win. He has handled over 35 appeals in Minnesota’s appellate courts, successfully argued numerous cases before the Minnesota Supreme Court, responded to writs of habeas corpus in federal district court, and authored briefs in opposition to certiorari in the United States Supreme Court. In addition, Mr. Smith has authored or co-authored several amicus briefs on behalf of both the Minnesota County Attorneys Association and the Minnesota State Bar Association Appellate Practice Section and is regularly consulted by other county attorneys’ offices throughout Minnesota on appellate practice and strategy.

  • Smith & Johnson, Partner, 2015-present
  • Murray County Attorney’s Office, County Attorney, 2015-present
  • Nobles County Attorney’s Office, Assistant County Attorney, 2007-2014
  • Office of the Public Defender – 5th Judicial District, Assistant Public Defender, 2007
  • Lynn A. Johnson Law Office, Associate Attorney, 2007
  • Hon. David E. Christensen, Judicial Law Clerk, 2006-2007
  • United States Attorney’s Office – District of Minnesota, Law Clerk, 2006


Supreme Court of Minnesota

United States District Court, District of Minnesota

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Supreme Court of the United States


William Mitchell College of Law, Juris Doctor

Southwest Minnesota State University, Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude


Minnesota State Bar Association – Appellate Practice Section Council Member

Minnesota State Bar Association – District 13 Assembly Member

Minnesota State Bar Association – Appeals Self-help Clinic – Volunteer Attorney

District 13 Bar Association – Past President & Member of District Ethics Committee

Minnesota County Attorneys Association – Appellate Committee Member



Committed to providing cost-effective, friendly & professional legal services since 2015.

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