JB Smiley Jr. is a native Memphian, former collegiate and semi-professional basketball player. After his 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. Smiley moved back to his home of Memphis, Tennessee and started his law practice, Smiley & Associates, PLLC. in 2017.
In addition to law, Smiley is also passionate about politics. He has previously served as Judicial Council for the Young Democrats of America (“YDA”), Vice Chairman of the Black Caucus of the Young Democrats of America and Vice President of the Shelby County Young Democrats. In 2018, he was named to Memphis Flyer’s Top 20<30 class. During that same year, Smiley was appointed policy advisor to the Shelby County Clerk and served in such capacity until his election to the Memphis City Council in October 2019. Also, in 2019, he was a finalist in Memphis Business Journal’s Best of the Bar Private Firm Attorney small category and a graduate of Leadership Memphis.
As a member of the Memphis City Council, Smiley will Chair 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 CommissionMap of Super District 8-1