Katherine W. Smith

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Katherine “Kate” Smith focuses her practice on the area of family law, including issues related to divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, equitable distribution, and domestic violence.

Kate graduated cum laude from Louisiana State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in social work. She received her Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University Law Center. Kate was first licensed in Texas where she practiced family law for two years before relocating to Charlotte. 

While in law school, Kate found her passion for family law through her work as a student mediator and judicial extern with the East Baton Rouge Family Court. She also interned at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office working in the Crimes Against Children and Family Violence Divisions where she learned to advocate for people in crisis with compassion and understanding.

In addition to the practical experience Kate gained in law school, she also earned the distinction as a Dean’s Scholar, served as the treasurer for the Student Bar Association, and volunteered with the Education and Youth Outreach programs of the Public Interest Legal Society.

Academic Background

  • J.D., Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, 2019
  • B.S., cum laude, Psychology, social work minor, Louisiana State University, 2016

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar, 2021
  • Texas State Bar, 2019 


  • North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law and Young Lawyer Sections
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association, Family Law and Young Lawyer Sections