Attorney Smith, firm founder and principal, is admitted to practice law in the States of New York, Connecticut, Tennessee and Florida, and is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, serving on its National Roster of Commercial Arbitrators.      

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Attorney Smith has an extensive background in corporate law, economics and finance.  She was a partner at Baker McKenzie, one of the largest international law firms in the world, before entering the corporate world in 1991 where she was vice president and general counsel of GE Plastics. From 1998 to 2014 she served as the chief legal officer (general counsel and secretary) of four global public companies, Owens Corning, International Paper, PepsiCo, and Delhaize Group (now Ahold Delhaize). In 2016, she started her own law firm, primarily focused on commercial and corporate matters.  She also

expanded her practice to include alternative dispute resolution, representing a public company retailer as its national claims and settlement counsel, and becoming an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. 

 

She also represented clients with family law disputes, developing a matrimonial practice, utilizing her financial and corporate background to assist in dividing complex marital estates. She became a Certified Financial Analyst and has achieved success for her clients in the courtroom and through the effective negotiation of divorce agreements.  This work has become her passion, and has, as of May 2019, joined the Law Offices of Edward Nusbaum P.C. as a partner.

Education
University of Miami Law School
Juris Doctor
Graduated with Honors
John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics
University of Oxford
M.Phil. Economics
Rhodes Scholar
(New York, Lady Margaret Hall, 1977)
Vassar College
Bachelor of Arts, Economics
Graduated with Highest Honors
and Departmental Distinction
Omicron Delta Epsilon, President
Phi Beta Kappa

Diversity and Inclusion Pledge

The Firm signed the Connecticut Legal Community's Diversity and Inclusion Pledge (the "Pledge"), and affirm its ongoing commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion within the Firm and the Connecticut legal community as a whole. We hereby declare that a core value of our firm is to promote diversity and inclusion. In doing so, we pledge to respect the diversity of all individuals, and to create inclusive environments within our firm that allows diverse individuals to succeed, grow, be respected and valued, contribute to the overall strength of our firm, and share in the benefits and rewards of those contributions. Diversity, as it is used in the Pledge, is an inclusive concept, one that embraces age, color, ethnicity, familial or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background.

 
 

Attorney Smith was one of the founding directors of BluePath Service Dogs, Inc.™.  She is passionate about BluePath's mission, and the important role this not-for-profit organization plays in providing service dogs to children with autism.