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 Debra Smith is a member of the California State Bar and is an advocate on the issue of Domestic Violence and its effects on the family.  Debra A. Smith is a licensed attorney in California and New Mexico and has been specially admitted to handle cases in five other states (Texas, Tennessee, Ohio, Nevada, Michigan). She is a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum admissible only to attorneys who have tried cases with verdicts of over one million dollars ($1,000,000)."

Her firm provides competitive legal representation through its use of the latest computer technology, up-to-the-minute case law, and electronic communications, yet still enjoys the one-to-one communication between client and attorney available only in smaller, more personalized firms.

     With Debra Smith, you have an attorney on your side who has years of courtroom experience, who understands the nature and effects of physical and verbal abuse, and who knows how to get her clients out of a bad situation and on to a better future. Ms. Smith has practiced for over twenty-two years in the Riverside County and Inland Empire area courts. She is familiar with local rules and procedures and has worked routinely with each of the family law judges, and most of the practicing family law attorney's in the area. Her years of experience, her knowledge of the local judges and attorneys, and the credibility she has established in each of these courts and with other lawyers, gives her client's an important advantage when their cases are either presented for hearing in court, or negotiated and settled through counsel prior to trial.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Child Custody: 35%
    30 years
  2. Divorce: 35%
    30 years
  3. Domestic Violence: 30%
    30 years


Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Rebecca M. Perkins

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Rebecca Perkins Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • David Frederick Blaisdell

    I endorse this lawyer. Debra is an excellent lawyer. She is tough but fair in negotiations and presents her case well in court. She is very ethical. Dave Blaisdell


    David Blaisdell Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Law Office of Debra A. Smith

3595 Van Buren Ave. Suite 207
Riverside, CA, 92503-0311


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Jury Verdict of $1,266,983Los Angeles County Superior Court1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Course InstructorDeath Penalty College1994 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
Mock Trial ProgramAttorney Scorer2012 - Present
State Bar of New MexicoAttorney1996 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaTrial Attorney1986 - Present
American Bar AssociationAttorney1986 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaAttorney1986 - Present
California Public Defender's AssociationAttorney - Instructor1986 - Present
Riverside County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Advisory Panel, Domestic Violence CommitteeMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Debra SmithHad Enough? Part 22010
Debra SmithHad Enough? Part 32010
Debra A. SmithHad Enough? Part 12010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southland University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Southland University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
California State University, BakersfieldN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Riverside Medical CenterAbuse and Domestic Violence In Home2008
Domestic Violence WorkplaceDomestic Violence2007
Social Workers Elder Abuse SeminarElder Abuse2005