Kathleen M. Smith

Kathleen M. Smith

Meet Kathleen

Kathleen joined Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen in 2007 and works in the firm’s Fredericksburg office. Her practice is focused exclusively on personal injury cases including car accidents, pedestrian accidents, and catastrophic injury cases. She believes that every client deserves to be heard, and she takes pride in her ability to listen to their concerns and guide them through the process of recovery.

Kathleen is experienced in the courtroom, having represented hundreds of criminal defendants in her former position as a criminal defense attorney for Virginia’s Indigent Defense Commission, an organization that provides lawyers for criminal defendants who cannot afford legal representation. Kathleen also serves as an adjunct professor at Strayer University where she is designing a curriculum for a degree in Criminal Justice.

Immediately after law school, Kathleen worked for the Los Angeles Justice Center. She focused on providing affordable legal services to the local community in the areas of personal injury law, family law, and contracts. More recently she has worked as an attorney for AHC, where she handled both the negotiation of hospital liens with patients and the appeals process for hospitals looking to ensure that health care plans and insurance companies pay hospital bills they owe on behalf of patients.

Kathleen, who lives with her husband Dennis in Fredericksburg, Virginia, is an avid animal rights advocate and spends time doing community service, gardening, and playing tennis.

Experience

  • Trial Attorney, Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen (2007 – present)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Strayer University (2003 – present)
  • Assistant Public Defender, Fredericksburg, VA (2005 – 2007)
  • Senior Attorney, AHC Manassas, VA (2004 – 2005)
  • Attorney, Los Angeles Justice Center (2002 – 2004)

Bar Admissions

  • Licensed to practice law in Commonwealth of Virginia, California

Education

  • AAJ’s Ultimate Trial Advocacy, Harvard Law School (2014)
  • National Trial Advocacy College, University of Virginia School of Law (2007)
  • J.D., Southwestern University School of Law (2002)
  • M.A., Liberal Arts, University of Mary Washington (1993)
  • B.S., English Education, University of Virginia (1988)

Honors

  • American Association for Justice/National College of Advocacy – “Advocate” (2017)

Professional Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar
  • California State Bar
  • Fredericksburg Area Bar Association
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • 15th Judicial Circuit Bar Association
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association – President, Fredericksburg Chapter
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Community Service

  • Friend of the Board – Rappahannock Big Brothers/Big Sisters (2011 – Present)
  • Board of Directors – Rappahannock Big Brothers/Big Sisters (2008 – 2011)
  • Pet Orphans Fund (2002 – 2003)
  • Established Recycling Program to Benefit Habitat For Humanity

Personal Injury Resources

COVID-19 update

  • April 5, 2021
  • News

We hope this message finds you well and your family and friends healthy. We are all still adjusting to the new normal, and we continue to be mindful of the...

Robert from Fredericksburg

My attorney, Kathleen Smith, was compassionate and represented me with the utmost professionalism. She worked very hard, and I believe I could not have done as well with anyone else.

Insurance Claims Reserve: What Is It & Why It Matters

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Ronald from Unionville

Just the name drew me towards Allen & Allen. I read reviews on the website and on Google and they sealed the deal. I made a phone call to the...

Pedestrian traffic laws in Virginia: Jaywalking, crosswalks and more

  • February 28, 2021
  • Blog

Did you know that pedestrian walking laws are in effect each time you go for a walk? Certain traffic laws, such as not stepping into the middle of a highway,...

Medical expense insurance: What is it? What does it cover?

  • February 9, 2021
  • Blog

Medical expense insurance (sometimes known as “medical payments coverage“) is optional coverage available on Virginia automobile policies. What does medical expense insurance cover? It covers all reasonable and necessary medical...

DUI laws in Virginia: What to know, and what’s new

  • January 21, 2021
  • Blog

According to the CDC, one person in the U.S. dies in an alcohol-related collision every 50 minutes. To combat the tragic consequences of driving while under the influence of alcohol...

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