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  • Bachelor of Arts in Communications, American Jewish University, magna cum laude
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, Golden Gate University School of Law, Distinction in Family Law

Nicole Grae Smith joined the firm in February of 2016. Ms. Smith earned her Bachelors Degree magna cum laude from American Jewish University where she studied Communications, Arts, and Advocacy and minored in Bio-Ethics and Natural Sciences. She received her juris doctor from Golden Gate University School of Law where she specialized with distinction in Family Law.

Practicing law is fundamentally an opportunity to help people during some of the most challenging times in their lives. Ms. Smith has worked in a family law firm where she handled difficult and complex family law cases from beginning to end. She has worked extensively in the area of domestic violence and restraining orders.

Prior to joining a family law firm, Ms. Smith volunteered as a pro bono attorney for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles at the Santa Monica Domestic Violence and Family Law Clinic, helping clients obtain restraining orders, as well as dissolutions, paternity actions, spousal support, and child custody and support. While in law school, she taught legal research classes to incarcerated persons in the San Francisco jails, worked with an environmental organization to ensure proper adherence to environmental regulations, and fought to prevent unjust evictions with a housing rights clinic.

Outside of the world of law practice, Ms. Smith is a loving foster parent. She loves growing and collecting unusual succulents, astronomy, politics, writing, and spending time with her wife, two dogs, and cat.