Danielle L. Smith was born and reared in Southeast, Louisiana. Upon graduating from Destrehan High School with honors, Ms. Smith enrolled in Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Ms. Smith graduated from LSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2007. Upon graduation, Ms. Smith served as an educator in the St. John the Baptist Parish School System. Ms. Smith worked as an Algebra teacher at East St. John High School for the 2007-2008 school year. After teaching for one year, Ms. Smith decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an attorney and enrolled in Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law in 2008. During law school, she received several academic scholarships and served as Treasurer of the Black Law Student Association. She served as Captain of the 2011 American Bar Association Mediation Competition held in Jackson, Mississippi. Ms. Smith received the Loyola Law Excellence Award in Legal Research and Writing and worked as a teaching assistant for the course the following year. Ms. Smith earned her juris doctorate from Loyola in 2011 and became licensed to practice law in Louisiana and Texas within one year.
Ms. Smith has a varied legal professional background. Ms. Smith worked for Nixon Peabody, LLP in Washington, District of Columbia in its prestigious real estate and tax practice groups. Ms. Smith served as the judicial law clerk to the Honorable J. Sterling Snowdy for the 40th Judicial District Court for the Parish of St. John the Baptist. Ms. Smith is presently representing personal injury plaintiffs at Morris Bart, LLC.
Although Ms. Smith’s legal career keeps her busy, she has not forgotten the importance of volunteering in her community. Ms. Smith volunteered at Edna Karr High School in New Orleans, Louisiana to teach high school juniors various areas of the law. She was instrumental in developing its intramural mock trial team. Ms. Smith also volunteered with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program which helps underserved communities prepare their own tax returns. Ms. Smith is an active member of Fifth African Baptist Church in St. Rose, Louisiana and serves as its President of the Board of Trustees. Ms. Smith is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
- B.S., Louisiana State University, Business Marketing
- J.D., Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- State Bar of Texas
Admitted to Practice
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
- United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana