Education & Bar Admissions
- Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, Texas A&M University School of Law (formerly Texas Wesleyan School of Law)
- Master of Laws, Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Malibu, California
- Bachelor of Arts, Humanities (Pre-Law), University of Houston
- Bar Admissions:
United States District Court – Northern District of Texas
United State Supreme Court
Professional Awards & Honors
- Super Lawyer, 2022
- Top Attorney, Fort Worth Texas Magazine, since 2006
- Top Attorney, 360 West Magazine, 2017 – 2021
- Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyer, 2014, 2015
- Family Law Board Certified, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- Master Credentialed Collaborative Professional, Collaborative Divorce Texas
- Leadership Southlake
- American Bar Association
- Chamber of Commerce
- Collaborative Divorce Texas, board of directors & training team member
- State Bar of Texas
- Tarrant County Bar Association, former president
- Tarrant County Collaborative Divorce
- Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association
- Texas Bar College
- Texas Family Law Foundation
- “Collaborative Divorce and the Practitioner’s Ethical Dilemmas”
Helping clients navigate some of life’s toughest moments is the most rewarding part of my profession.
The Law Offices of Kate Smith, P.L.L.C. joins Robinson & Henry, P.C.!
Kate is an accomplished family law attorney who is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a feat only two percent of Texas lawyers achieve in their practice area.
Kate, who has practiced family law for 17 years, finds the most rewarding part of her job is working with her clients to solve their problems.
“When I represent a client, I take time to listen to their story and their perspective on the desired outcome of their case,” Kate said.
Kate selected the area of family law because of her background in and predilection for dispute resolution, which is often involved in highly emotional and sensitive domestic matters, such as divorce and custody cases.
It was Kate’s volunteering as a mediator for low-income clients during college that propelled her legal career.
“I realized in order to be an effective mediator, I needed to have a deeper understanding of the law,” she said.
Kate pursued her Juris Doctor from Texas A&M University School of Law where she graduated magna cum laude. During her legal studies, Kate discovered she loved being in the courtroom as much as she enjoyed mediation, thus her passion for the law was born.
Continuing her education in mediation tactics, Kate earned her Master of Laws from Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, the U.S.’s academic leader for conflict resolution.
Kate recently was invited to share her legal knowledge at the CEELI Institute in Prague, Czech Republic. The CEELI Institute is a non-profit organization that trains attorneys from around the world in an effort to “advance the rule of law.”
While Kate is highly skilled in resolving matters outside of court, she is also effective at trial. Recently, Kate successfully represented a client in the Texas Court of Appeals, Second District. The custody case, which was confirmed by the Texas Supreme Court, set precedent in multi-state jurisdictional issues.
More About Kate Smith
Kate is the proud mother of a 25-year-old daughter who is in veterinary school. Kate enjoys quality time with her family, horses, and dogs, and she likes to surf when she has the time.
Finally, the law isn’t the only subject Kate has accumulated a lot of knowledge about; she knows a thing or two about wine. In fact, she is a Level II Sommelier.