Rhonda S. Smith

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Rhonda grew up in Zachary, Louisiana and went to a very small church school until transferring to Northeast High School in Zachary where she graduated in 1991.  While in high school at Northeast, she participated each year in the High School Mock Trial Competition which sparked her passion for law. Rhonda went on to graduate from Baton Rouge College for Paralegal Studies and worked for attorneys’ in the Baton Rouge area where she made a decision to tap into her unrealized potential and enrolled at LSU to complete her undergraduate degree and went on to apply to law school.

Rhonda S. Smith is a 2002 graduate of Louisiana State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in History.  She was immediately accepted into Paul M. Hebert Law School at LSU and obtained her Juris Doctorate in 2005, as well as a Bachelor of Civil Law the same year.  During law school, she was a member of the Legal Association of Women and served as their president her third year.  She was also a member of the Civil Flory Mock Trial Association as both an attorney and as a judge.  Additionally, she obtained an internship with the Innocence Project of New Orleans and worked with an inmate serving a life sentence.

Following law school, she served as the judicial clerk for the Honorable Annette B. Lasalle, Judge of the Family Court of Baton Rouge in East Baton Rouge Parish.  She then began working for a small firm in Lake Charles, Louisiana specializing in toxic torts and asbestos defense litigation.  As her husband continued to be promoted with his company, Rhonda followed him to Georgia, where she became a member of the bar and worked at a personal injury firm in Atlanta.  She then moved to Texas, where she also became barred, and worked at a large insurance defense firm in Houston.

Rhonda is active in her community, formerly serving as a member of the High School Mock Trial Association and as an attorney-mentor for several high schools.  She was also honored to be a member and president of the Louisiana National Guard Family Support Group for the 256th BSTB in Plaquemine, Louisiana during her husband’s two tours of duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Rhonda was born and raised in Zachary, Louisiana and currently resides in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana with her husband, Michael D. Smith.  Rhonda and Mike are the proud parents of one son, Cameron Daniel Smith.

 

Areas of Practice

  • First and Third Party Insurance Defense
  • Toxic Tort and Asbestos Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Family Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Business Law
  • General Civil Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • State of Louisiana, 2005
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
    • Court of Appeal, First Circuit, State of Louisiana
  • State of Georgia, 2013
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • State of Texas, 2014
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas

Education

  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University
    • J.D., 2005
    • B.C.L., 2005
    • CALI Award, Labor Law
  • Louisiana State University
    • B.A. History, 2002

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Georgia State Bar Association
  • Texas State Bar Association
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
    • Mock Trial Committee
    • Law Day Committee
  • High School Mock Trial Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Louisiana National Guard Family Support Group