Biography

Terry D. Smith is an accomplished attorney, locomotive engineer, and U.S. Army officer who is seeking the position of President of the SMART-TD. Terry’s unique and diverse career trajectory lends him a holistic understanding of labor and employment issues, grounded in firsthand experience within the transportation industry.

Graduating from the University of Arkansas School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree, Terry emphasized labor and employment law in his practice. His academic pursuits were also complemented by his experience as a research assistant focusing on labor and employment law topics for (now) Dean Cynthia Nance. This education and research background makes Terry uniquely qualified to advocate for the rights of railway workers and drivers as well.

In addition to his legal acumen, Terry brings nearly two decades of firsthand industry experience. He has been an engineer, conductor, and brakeman for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co., Inc. Terry’s operational experience with trains and his deep knowledge of the industry regulations enrich his perspectives, making him a reliable representative for railway workers.

Prior to his railway career, Terry practiced as a self-employed attorney and an associate attorney, focusing on labor and employment law. He has significant experience with Fair Labor Standards Act litigation and a multitude of other labor and civil rights related cases. His understanding of these legal frameworks and his direct experience with federal court system are crucial assets that can benefit the union and its members.  You may view his attorney registration information at the Kansas Supreme Court’s website.  

Terry also spent over a decade in the Kansas Army National Guard. He first enlisted as a PVT E-1, 67X10, CH-54 helicopter mechanic. He then rose to the rank of Captain. His role as a rated helicopter pilot and Operations Officer underlines his ability to lead teams effectively, make informed decisions, and ensure smooth operations. His military training and leadership capabilities enhance his potential to advocate strongly for the union.

Prior to his legal career, Terry was a machined parts inspector for The Boeing Company. His tenure in this role demonstrated his ability to navigate complex manufacturing processes and maintain high standards of quality control – a skill set that could be valuable in ensuring the safety and efficiency standards in the transportation industry.

In summary, Terry D. Smith’s wide-ranging experience in the legal, military, manufacturing, and transportation sectors make him a uniquely qualified candidate for the role of SMART-TD. His experience, leadership capabilities, and dedication to labor and employment law demonstrate his strong commitment to the rights and welfare of workers. He is a candidate well-equipped to represent the interests of all railway workers as well as drivers and guide the union to its objectives.

RESUME

Key Experience

Professional Experience

BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE RAILWAY CO., INC.

May 2004 – Present

Locomotive Engineer/Conductor

LAW OFFICES OF TERRY D. SMITH

March 2004 – Present

Attorney (Self Employed)

RENDER KAMAS, L.C.

May 2000 – March 2004

Associate Attorney – Emphasis Traditional labor law and employment law.

-MAJOR LITIGATION AREAS

THE BOEING COMPANY WICHITA DIVISION

July 1984 – December 2001

Machined Parts Inspector

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS SCHOOL OF LAW

June 1997 – June 1998

Research Assistant

KANSAS ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

March 1979 – August 1991

Aviator / Operations Officer / Platoon Leader

Education (Civilian)

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS SCHOOL OF LAW

May 1999

Juris Doctor – Fayetteville, AR

SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE

May 1996

Bachelor of Science (Cum Laude) – Winfield KS

Education (Military)

UNITED STATES ARMY OFFICERS CANDIDATE SCHOOL

June 1981

Fort Benning, GA

UNITED STATES ARMY INFANTRY OFFICERS BASIC COURSE

March 1982

Fort Benning, GA

UNITED STATES AVIATION CENTER, OFFICERS ROTARY WING QUALIFICATION COURSE

AKA - Helicopter Flight School

January 1983

For Rucker, AL