Ms. Smith received her Bachelor of Science (Cum Laude) from Texas State University-San Marcos in 2004 and her Juris Doctorate (Cum Laude) from South Texas College of Law in 2008. Her practice primarily focuses on the nationwide defense of claims brought under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and its extensions, including the Defense Base Act. Ms. Smith also has extensive experience with claims arising under the Jones Act, general maritime claims, third party and first party insurance claims, breach of contract claims, and defending DTPA claims.
Ms. Smith has represented clients before the United States Court of Appeals in the Fifth Circuit, Texas state and federal courts, the United States Department of Labor, and the Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana. Additionally, Ms. Smith has given numerous presentations for clients and attorneys on a broad range of topics pertaining to the Longshore Act as well as general liability claims. Ms. Smith is admitted to practice in Texas state court, United States District Courts in Texas (all districts), and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Smith has been consistently named a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2013 to 2019.