Current - President, Smithwick & Belendiuk, P.C., Washington, DC, law firm that limits its practice to matters before the Federal Communications Commission. In private law practice since 1975, he has represented hundreds of radio and television stations located from Hawaii to Puerto Rico and from Maine to Florida, in mergers and acquisitions and in licensing and FCC compliance matters. Member/Secretary and part owner, Flagler Broadcasting, LLC, owner of News Radio WNZF, 1550 AM, and 94.9 FM (also WBHQ HD2), Bunnell, Florida; The Beach, WBHQ, 92.7 FM, Beverly Beach, Florida; and WBHU, 105.5 FM and Country 106.3 (WBHU HD2), St. Augustine Beach, Florida; Easy Oldies 100.9 (WBHQ HD3), Palm Coast, Florida; and KIX Country WAKX, 98.7 FM, Palm Coast, Florida.
Education - North Carolina State University (B.S., 1968), Wake Forest University (J.D., 1971).
Licenses - Admitted to bar - 1971, North Carolina; 1972, District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals (D.C. Circuit and Fourth Circuit); U.S. Supreme Court; Member, Federal Communications Bar Association.
Professional Experience - Private Practice - 1975 to present. Martindale-Hubbell rating: AV Preeminent® for 40 years. In addition to Smithwick & Belendiuk, P.C., (founded 1988), previous experience includes Federal Communications Commission - 1971-1975, Attorney, Broadcast Bureau (now Media Bureau). Partner, Baraff, Koerner, Olender & Hochberg, P.C., Washington, D.C.; Partner, Keith & Smithwick, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Adjunct Professor of Law- Wake Forest University School of Law - 1977-1984. American Jurisprudence Award. Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Georgia. Formerly Special Assistant Attorney General, State of South Carolina.
Broadcasting Industry Experience – In addition to Flagler Broadcasting, LLC, former stockholder, InterMart Broadcasting West Coast, Inc., licensee of WWWD(FM) [now WFSX], Estero (Naples/Fort Myers), Florida; formerly part owner of (WTPX(FM) [now WOLL], Hobe Sound (Palm Beach), Florida; WYOS(FM) [now WWYL], Chenango Bridge (Binghamton), New York; former president, stockholder, Consolidated Broadcasting Corporation, former owner of WLXI-TV, Greensboro, North Carolina; former part owner of WXDJ(FM)(now North Miami Beach), Florida; former part owner of WMMO(FM), Orlando, Florida. Continuously employed in broadcasting 1963-1971. Began radio career as a part-time announcer in 1963 at WNOS (AM/FM), High Point, North Carolina. Also employed at WCOG, Greensboro; WPTF (AM/FM), Raleigh; WRAL-FM, Raleigh (News anchor - TN Radio News Network); WAIR (AM/FM), WSJS (AM/FM/TV), all Winston-Salem, all in North Carolina.
Personal - Born - High Point, North Carolina, May 5, 1946. Married to former Kathleen Mosher. With Kathleen, four married children, nine grandchildren. Recreational Interests – SCUBA, Boating, Traveling, Classic Sports Cars. Member, Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club and Gulf Harbour Yacht Club.
Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® (Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence).