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. Councilman Smiley was recently named a “Person to Watch in 2022” by The Tennessee Lookout.
As a member of the Memphis City Council, Smiley is the Chair of the Public Works, Solid Waste and General Services Committee and the Vice Chair for the Economic Development, Tourism & Technology Committee. He also serves as the City Council liaison for the Urban Art Commission and the Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television Commission.Map of Super District 8-1