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Emily Broadhead Smoak

Divorce and separation Attorney at Salt Lake City, UT

4.6   18 reviews
Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Utah - UT 19 years
    Maine - ME 29 years
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State UT
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State ME
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Emily

Learn Emily’s areas of practice.

EXPERIENCED, TOP AV - RATED ATTORNEY SPECIALIZING IN FAMILY LAW, CIVIL, AND CRIMINAL LITIGATION

I have been practicing law since 1993, in pratically all areas from divorce and paternity, modifications, criminal defense, personal injury, probate, general civil litigation, and the llke.  As a young  lawyer, I started out taking any case that would get me in front of a jury.  I knew I wanted to be a trial lawyer.  I wanted to be comfortable in the court room.  So, I tried all manner of criminal cases, civil contract cases, and personal injury cases.  I started my law practice in Maine.  After 10 years, I had twin daughters and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah.  Since that time, my practice has focused on divorce, paternity and family law, and some criminal and civil law.  I now have a son as well.  My husband and I live with our three children and three dogs in Park City, Utah. We love to ski, hike, play baseball, softball, soccer, and any other sport that involves the outdoors.  I have my own practice now, having practiced in small firms to large firms over the years.  I find my joy in my family, and in helping my clients through some of the worst times of their life.  The best part is the fact that they move through a process,  and hopfully, at the end, continue to move forward in a more positive way.  I have watched a spouse, mother or father, collapesed by divorce or separation, find love again, connect with their children again, and find their own joy again.  I am grateful for those clients that stay in touch with me so I can share in their happiness. 

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
2017

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Emily Broadhead Smoak

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
Client's Choice is an Avvo award granted to attorneys with a significant number of client reviews over 4 stars in a given year.
Posted by Randall | April 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Forever Grateful
Emily Smoak is an excellent attorney and I will be forever grateful to her. I am now happily married for a year and life is wonderful. Thank you for helping me at a time when I needed it most. My ex was after my house and my beloved dog after our divorce. Emily used the "pandora's box" analogy to tell the Judge why he should not reopen the case. It was a solid win. Afterwards, my wife screamed at me in the hall and Emily told her to walk away. But, what I remember most was her kindness, and she impressed me as somebody with dignity and ethics.
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Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Emily Smoak is hands down the best choice
My wife hired Emily to help her end an ongoing custody battle between her and her ex. I've stood beside her and watched as Emily gracefully navigated through that mess. Some attorneys pick battles and belittle the opposing side out of arrogance which unfortunately prolongs the fight. Emily has the self control to treat the other side with respect. That's not to say she is a "push over" by any means. I wouldn't want to find myself on her opposers side, but she understands what it means to be respectful regardless of the other side's manners or actions. Most attorneys are hard to reach and even harder to get responses from. Regardless of how busy Emily gets, it is rare that my wife can't reach her via text or phone and in the 3 years that Emily has represented her, she has never gone more than a few hours without a response. I don't know if any of you have experienced the frustration of paying for attorney that you cannot reach but when you're dealing with custody, when a day turns into a week or longer since you've been able to reach your attorney, that waiting time can be painful. Emily is hands down the best choice to represent you if you're needing quality work.
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Posted by Jerry | June 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Emily strongly represented my interests and the interests of my minor child and even, ultimately, those of my young adult children. She listened to my goals, worked in accord with my ambitious timeline to dissolve the marriage and applied both her legal skills and social perceptiveness to critically examine the unique circumstances and identify weak spots in legal strategies. While no one could fully anticipate what the other side would do, Emily’s impeccable judgement, focus and professionalism reinforced my bargaining position and delivered a swift settlement that was better than expected.
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Posted by Martin | September 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
110% Satisfied Client
Emily Smoak and her team were there for us when we needed her most. She was able to represent our family's best interest and negotiated a settlement that was far better than originally proposed. Regular communication and consultations were very much appreciated. Working with her calmed our fears during a most difficult time.
Posted by Cindy | July 14, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Unique, caring, impressive
After an emergent situation with my teen daughter, I was feeling completely helpless. I had called for help from police to court offices and others just to be discouraged. I called Emily Smoak's office and spoke to Conor Murphy. He listened, was patient, very encouraging and helpful without money being the first words he spoke. I felt truly understood, and immensely reassured. He was able to answer some basic questions, clarifying how I could go about addressing the issues and how the law office could assist should I need it. I cannot tell you how unique, kind and memorable this experience was, and will look no further for any of my law needs. Excellent!
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Posted by Timothy Bell | January 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Emily is great
Last year I went through a very messy and emotional divorce. I don't know how I would've navigated it without Emily. She is very knowledgeable and got back to me in a timely matter with any issue that came up. She is fair and gives reasonable advise. Having Emily on my side gave me the confidence and strength to make it through.
Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good Attorney
As hard as divorce is Emily was always there to answer my questions and a pleasure to work with . She was always available to answer my questions quickly and competently. I would highly recommend her to assist you in a most unpleasant legal matter. What I found is that you need someone that you can communicate with clearly and that listens to your needs. Emily did both 100% for me.
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Posted by Aija | October 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
I went through a divorce and it was nasty on his part and Emily helped me through the whole thing calmly and very professionally! She knows what she’s doing and you can tell she loves what she does! She’s incredibly smart and very protective and professional! She helped me get through a nasty divorce quickly and helped me get custody of my daughter! She knew what the focus was(getting my daughter) and she helped me get there! I highly recommend Emily Smoak and I will always refer others to her for divorce and custody!
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Solid Choice and Good Counsel
Emily, was my attorney during an emotionally charged divorce and custody battle. The advice and representation was personally tailored and she handled the courtroom like a professional. Although it was a difficult time, the outcome was positive due to the work Emily put into it. I have recommended her to several close friends based on the quality experience I had.
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Posted by Edward Montgomery | July 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smart very capable attorney.
Ms. Smoak is a very smart and capable attorney. Ms. Smoak has represented friends of mine. In each case she was very responsive, meticulous in her preparation, and very successful. Ms. Smoak is a very good attorney who I highly recommend.
Posted by A | June 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional human being, exceptional attorney
Emily has been my attorney for the last 12 years. I don't think either one of us thought my divorce would be the treacherous and vindictive struggle that it was. Who knew that in 12 years I would be in court 3 different times for a single divorce. Through Emily's thoughtful and common sense counsel, with what could have been an absolute horrific experience, my case was resolved with very positive outcome each time, one of the times I was even awarded significant attorney fees. Emily is always one to take the high road, encouraging those around her to do the same. I will always be grateful to Emily for her wisdom, experience and especially her ability to empathize, most people can't or won't do this.
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Posted by W.R. | May 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional
Family law can be painful when you are sad and your life is crumbling around you. But, I was fortunate enough to meet an exceptional human being who took my part and fought the battle for me, Emily Broadhead Smoak. Now, she was an exceptional attorney, calm, poised and very knowledgeable, and we had a stunning victory over injustice that was a complete legal knockout (I have had very few of those in my life). But that part wasn't the part that moved me. Prior to our moment in court, we sat through about 20 minutes of a rather acrimonious divorce where a man and woman who were once in love spewed poison at one another. I heard Emily very low but quite clearly say to herself "I don't think my husband could do anything that would cause me to divorce him like this". Stunned, I sat still for a moment. And asked, Nothing? and this part I am less clear on but it went something like this..."after sitting through these cases and seeing the pain I just couldn't do it'. That impressed me...deeply. Here I had the legal equivalent of a Great White and she was a believer in marriage and commitment and didn't thrive on the seedy side of the business. She was a friend to me when I needed it, a calm voice in a storm and a great human being. And just in case you were wondering, Justice and Emily prevailed
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Posted by M. | May 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Emily saved us
In 2009 an attorney told me to walk away from my poisonous marriage and leave my children behind. As a father and immigrant I would have no chance of custody in Utah and my only hope would be that my children would want to be with me once they become teenagers. That was not an option because I knew what would happen to my kids during those years. In 2011 I separated. Since the end of that year Emily walked with me through a divorce that became a four year lasting all out assault on my integrity and my children's well being and safety. Today I have 100 percent physical custody and my children are doing well. Thank you Emily for saving us.
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Posted by Jan | May 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Frustrated consumer
I have known Emily for a number of years. I was in business for myself and purchased from a company a piece of equipment I used in my business. I could tell very soon that the equipment was defective. I was unable to get my money back until I got Emily involved. After her contact with the company I was able to receive a full refund. I was very grateful for her help. This was not a family law case, but Emily didn't hesitate to assist me with my problem.
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Posted by MH | April 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honesty
Emily took over my case and had more movement in a week than my other lawyer had accomplished in 9 months. While I appreciate and respect Emily's experience, work ethic, and intelligence, I think what stands out most for me is her honesty. In the legal arena, that is unfortunately hard to find and it was and has continued to be a priceless asset since working with her. Emily doesn't do, (won't even allow me to ask her to do) fruitless tasks for the sake of taking more money from her clients. She is realistic and straight forward. I would highly recommend Emily to anyone regardless of the case. I would trust her with any legal I need done. She is the only attorney I will ever work with.
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Posted by Harvey | April 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Go with the best!
When I began my journey, I had no idea what divorce would look, nor feel like. I do remember that the overwhelming feeling was one of distrust. I no longer trusted my wife, I lost trust in my friends and almost lost trust in my own self. I had never sought legal counsel before in my life. I was told to not trust attorneys, as they were all out for themselves... I was referred to Smoak Law, P.C. by a colleague and he assured me that Emily Smoak was different from the rest. This could not be more accurate! I can say with full confidence and exhilaration that hiring Emily Smoak was one of the best decisions that I have made. Smoak Law has exceeded my expectations, first as a kind, patient, listener, as well as trusted, ethical legal counsel. She is the best! Divorce is never easy and I would imagine divorce is rarely pretty. Emily has made this journey more than tolerable as she of course looked out for my best interest, but she was fundamentally attentive to the on-going interest of the children and the family as a whole. I hope to never again need Family or Legal Counsel of this type again, but if I am in need of any legal guidance, whether I am an official client or not, I trust that Emily Smoak would give me honest, fair and professional advice. I would recommend anyone who is going through this type of transitional time of their Family and their lives to work with Emily. In me, Smoak Law has gained one new client and now one more lifelong evangelist. With Emily Smoak, I have gained a trusted advisor as well as a friend!
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Posted by Ryan | August 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She could have been worse
If you're at the beginning of your divorce process you're probably a little scared and looking for someone who can give you advice and who you can trust. At first Emily seemed like she was exactly that and during my free consultation with her she came across as someone who would fight for me and protect me. I hired her thinking she was a high powered attorney that would get the job done, but in the end all she ended up being for me was a high priced attorney who cared more about getting paid than protecting my best interests. With only an 18 month marriage and a full pre-nup in place I should have had a slam dunk case, but Emily consistently dropped the ball and got caught off guard by my ex-wife's pro-bono freshman lawyer's antics and it cost me dearly. Emily's response to me everytime I'd get screwed was "well it could be worse" and she'd quote some other case she was working on that was a lot costlier. I never felt like she was in control or knew what she was doing, her communication was spotty, and she was constantly charging me to fix her blunders. Ultimately I felt like she didn't really care about me as a client and had more important things to worry about. With that said, I gave her a couple of stars because I guess she could have been worse.
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Response from Emily Smoak March 21, 2022
To anyone reading this comment, I want to add some context to Ryan's complaints. I sat with and advocated for Ryan for 11 hours during his divorce mediation. He left mediation fully satisfied with the signed settlement agreement we reached on his behalf. The Divorce was entered April 27, 2021. Ryan failed to timely pay his financial obligatons as he had agreed to do and as he was ordered to do in the Decree of Divorce. Months later, on June 21, 2021, opposing counsel filed an action to collect the monies that Ryan should have paid. Although my office offered to help Ryan with the civil action for failure to pay, Ryan refused our help. Ryan then posted this negative review at the end of August 2021. I hope you find this helpful. Best, Emily
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Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Do not hire!
Absolutely horrible to work with! I wouldn't recommend her to anyone! Charged me $10,000 for a simple fill in the blank protective order document that was only supposed to take just a couple hours to fill out. She filed this document with false information despite me asking her to fix the mistakes. She was belittling and bullying to me throughout the couple weeks I tried to use her. It was so bad that I told her that I was thinking of using someone else for my divorce, and she got upset and dropped me for the protective order case which I had a hearing for just a couple weeks later. I had to quickly try to scramble to find a new lawyer and ultimately lost my protective order after having to spend even more money to try to get a new lawyer up to speed and to try to fix her many mistakes. Absolutely a nightmare of an experience! Do NOT use her!
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Response from Emily Smoak October 24, 2022
This client came to me after firing one attorney. This was a highly contentious matter. The husband had gotten a temporary protective order and had filed for divorce. She fired her first attorney for not obtaining a protective order using scaldalous information that was not relevant. She was the same with me. It became clear that she wanted to use the protective order process along with salaciaous and unfounded claims to deport her husband. We did succeed in getting her a temporary protective order based upon actual facts. At that point, she grew even more angry because the order was not based on her unfounded allegations. At that point, I could no longer work with her so I withdrew. Yours, Emily
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Smoak Law, Inc.
  • 2012 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Durham Jones & Pinegar
  • 2005 - 2012
  • Shareholder
  • Cohne, Rappaport & Segal
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Associate Attorney
  • Cohne, Rappaport & Segal
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Attorney
  • Laskoff & Associates
  • 1996 - 2003
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Education

  • University of Maine School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Pratt v. Spaulding
  • won
  • 669 A.2d 754 (1996)
  • won
  • 667 A.2d 110 Me. 1995
  • won
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Associations

  • Park City Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Women Lawyers Alliance
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Utah State Bar
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • U.S District Court, District of Utah
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Utah State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Maine Civil Liberties Union
  • Board of Directors
  • 1999 - 2003
  • Androscoggin County Bar Association
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • 1998 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Elite Lawer Family Law
  • Elite Lawyers of America
  • 2020
  • Top Women Leaders in the Law
  • AML
  • 2013
  • Who's Who for Excellence
  • Worldwide Network
  • 2013
  • Excellence in Law
  • WorldWide Who's Who
  • 2013
  • Utah Legal Elite
  • Utah Legal Elite
  • 2010
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Publications

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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (8)
Endorse Emily
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Emily is one of the most professional, intelligent, hard-working, and successful family Lawyers in Utah. I have had the pleasure of working with her on a number of cases. Whenever I have a case against Emily, I know I have got to bring my best work because that’s what I always can expect from her. If Emily is your lawyer, you have made an excellent choice."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Emily as opposing counsel on several cases. She is a strong advocate for her clients while also being collaborative in nature. She is a pleasure to work with. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Emily is an excellent and personable attorney attorney with a passion for assisting her clients. I have co-counseled with Emily on multiple matters and often consult with her. She has an excellent command of the law, and more importantly, is a common sense problem solver. I confidently recommend her to anyone who needs legal services in her areas of expertise."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Emily has a very pleasant style. She is reasonable and diligent and works well with other attorneys. We were able to resolve a difficult case due to her openness and good communication skills."
Family Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a colleague, I would say that Emily's distinctive feature is that she is very easy to work with. This character trait is essential to being able to settle a case with an opposing counsel generally. In the practice area of family law -- where emotions run high and opposing counsel are ofttimes difficult -- I find Emily's approach to be a breath of fresh air. For that reason alone I think she is an impressive family law practitioner. I have also discussed various cases, colleagues, and court staff with Emily on occasion, and Emily appears to be well versed in family law practice and procedure. Emily is a wonderfully supportive colleague."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I 100% endorse Emily. She has the intellect, practical knowledge, and exceptionally calm personality that makes her the perfect attorney to represent you during a difficult time in your life. She is brilliant both in her understanding of the law, and on strategy that serves her client's well. I would not hesitate to hire her to represent you. She is excellent."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Emily is knowledgeable and professional. A true pleasure to work with. If you are in Utah and have a domestic matter, I recommend that you give Emily a call."
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Salt Lake City Divorce and separation Lawyer Emily Broadhead Smoak
Emily Broadhead Smoak
Divorce and separation Attorney
Salt Lake City, UT
Licensed for 29 years
Virtual consultation available