Kathy K. Smith was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1996. She has represented local and national clients in all types of litigation, including mass torts, intellectual property, commercial, personal injury, insurance, products liability, medical malpractice, and environmental matters. She has defended manufacturers of lead paint, mobile homes, and heavy equipment. She has defended an employer involved in extensive PCB litigation and an insurance company sued in asbestos litigation. She has participated in numerous mass tort trials, and several trials involving the biggest spread of contamination from a gasoline pipeline leak in Mississippi. Her trial experience also includes a heavy equipment rollover case, the defense of a popular Las Vegas entertainer sued for breach of contract in Mississippi, and the defense of attorneys accused of fraud in mass tort settlements.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Mississippi College Law Review, Editor, 1995-1996
  • American Jurisprudence Awards
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Environmental; Mass Tort/Class Action Litigation; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year (2023, Litigation - Environmental; 2023, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants)
  • Fellow, Mississippi Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Recognized in Chambers for Litigation: General Commercial

Community & Professional

  • Barrister, Charles Clark Chapter, American Inns of Court
  • Capital Area Bar Association
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Mississippi State Bar
  • Women in the Profession Committee, Capital Area Bar Association

Articles & Publications

  • Editor, Damages Law for Mississippi Trial Practice (Scranton Publ. Co. 2006)
  • Editor of Mississippi Law Digest Section, Martindale-Hubbell 2004-2008


Juris Doctor: Mississippi College School of Law, summa cum laude, 1996

Bachelor's Degree: Mississippi State University, summa cum laude, 1991