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Ariana C. Smith

Ariana C. Smith

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Immigration, Wills & Living Wills, Guardianship

About Me

Ariana C. Smith is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Queens. In 2008, Ariana received her undergraduate degree, cum laude, in Journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia. She was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars which recognizes and elevates high achievers. In 2012, Ariana received her J.D. from Howard University School of Law in Washington DC.

 While at Howard, in the summer of 2010, Ariana studied international business transactions, alternative dispute resolution and comparative constitutional law at the University of Western Cape in Capetown, South Africa. She also participated in Howard’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic where she co-mediated various employment and small claims disputes. She is also a member of the Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity.

Ariana was employed full time at the criminal defense firm Raiser & Kenniff, PC from February of 2013 to March 2014, and she still remains Of Counsel with the firm. Ariana has interned with the Queens District Attorney’s Office, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Honorable Presiding Judge Melvin R. Wright at the DC Superior Court and the Law Offices of Heriberto Cabrera & Associates. She has obtained hands on experience in dealing with various legal issues and has an extensive background in legal research.

Currently Ariana manages her own legal office where her practice areas include criminal defense, immigration, wills, guardianship and litigation. 

Ariana C. Smith is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey. She is also a member of the Westchester, New York State, and Macon B. Allen Bar Associations.



Practice Areas

Licensed since 2012

  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    3 years
  2. Immigration: 30%
  3. Wills & Living Wills: 20%
    3 years
  4. Guardianship: 10%
    3 years



Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • Tiffany Nicole Moseley

    I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Smith is dedicated to the law and her clients. She has an excellent case record and continues to excel in the field everyday


    Tiffany Moseley Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael Peter Bassett Jr.

    Extremely personable. A wealth of knowledge that will apply in any area of law that one would need.


    Michael Bassett Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Law Office of Ariana C. Smith

11 W Prospect Avenue
Third Floor
Mount Vernon, NY, 10550



NYDue to reregister within 30 days of birthday 201303/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
National Society of Collegiate ScholarsTemple University2008
Cum LaudeTemple University2008

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AssociateRaiser & Kenniff, PC2013 - Present
Law ClerkHeriberto Cabrera & Associates2012 - 2012
Alternative Dispute Resolution InternU.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission2011 - 2012
Judicial Intern to Hon. Presiding Judge Melvin R. WrightD.C. Superior Court2011 - 2011
Legal InternQueens County District Attorney2010 - 2010


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Queens County Women's Bar AssociationN/A2013 - Present
New York City Bar Association, New York City Affairs CommitteeN/A2013 - Present
Nassau County Bar Association, Nassau Academy of LawN/A2012 - Present
Queens County Bar AssociationN/A2012 - Present
Macon B. Allen Black Bar AssociationN/A2012 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationN/AN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
People of the State of New York v. AnonymousClient plead to unlawful possession of marijuana which is a violation and not a crime. Thus, the client's license was not suspended.
People v. AnonymousDismissed
People v. AnonymousDismissed

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Publication NameTitleDate
www.acsmithlaw.comSummary of criminal law, immigration, guardianship2014


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Howard University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2012
Temple UniversityJournalism and Mass CommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts2008

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Career DayBecoming an attorney2015
Moving On CeremonyGraduating Undergrad and attending law school.2013