Kimberly A. Smith has spent nearly thirty years representing individuals, families, public entities and private businesses in a variety of litigation matters in the areas of civil and constitutional rights, personal injury, construction and real estate, employment, special education, insurance coverage and professional liability. Kimberly is admitted to practice in the states of California and Pennsylvania, and is awaiting the processing of her New York State Bar admission. Kimberly has considerable jury trial, administrative hearing, arbitration, and mediation experience. She has also handled numerous matters on appeal to the California Court of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Kimberly frequently presents to clients and colleagues and has recently covered issues regarding legal writing, education law, legal ethics, social media, risk management and employment investigations. She often consults with other attorneys and law firms, providing support in the areas of law and motion, discovery/depositions and court appearances.
Kimberly’s publications include:
- “Redistributing Our School Children – The Future of Racial Diversity Policies in California Schools” California Lawyer, October 2007
- “Workplace Discrimination and Harassment – Legal Remedies and Practical Solutions for Prevention in the Workplace” an American Inns of Court CLE Program, December 2005
- “The Ride Is Over – How the Supreme Court Trumped California’s Generosity on Punitive Damages” California Lawyer, August 2003
- “The Standard for Determining the Amount of Punitive Damages Awards in the United States” International Legal Strategy Magazine (published in Japanese), 1997
- “The Race to File: The Shortened Statute of Limitations in California Wrongful Termination Suits” Forum Magazine, a publication of the Consumer Attorneys of California, 1996.
Kimberly received her Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Syracuse University in New York. While in law school, Ms. Smith received the American Jurisprudence Award in Civil Procedure, an Order of the Coif designation, and served as an Executive Articles Editor on the Syracuse Law Review. Ms. Smith was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar in 1991 and the California bar in 1995. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Kimberly strongly believes in giving back to the community and provides pro bono legal services through local civil rights organizations. She also volunteers as a tutor with School on Wheels, which provides academic tutoring to children living in shelters, motels, cars, group foster homes and on the streets in Southern California. She is also active in local dog rescue and fostering programs.