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Marilyn Margaret Smith

Family Attorney at Pasadena, CA

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1976
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    Contested Custody Cases, Child Support, Spousal Support, Adult Disabled Children, special attention to high conflict cases

    29 years

  2. Litigation
    Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse Litigation (physical, financial, nursing home or hospital); consumer and homeowner litigation, Probate/trust litigation; Conservatorships; Mental or Psychiatric Disability issues

    45 years

I invite you to experience a quality litigation firm that is proud of the work we do and the people we help.   My firm is dedicated to providing quality legal services and giving personal attention to our clients.  I became a lawyer as a result of a family tragedy that not only deeply affected me, but ended up being a major court decision.  I know what it is like to have to rely on a lawyer and how important it is to understand what is going on as the case runs its course.  My clients will always get their questions answered about their case and the court system.  Our legal and office staff are top notch, and each one works hard to ensure that clients' needs are met.  Oh, and everyone who works here loves companion animals, and we all have a great sense of humor.

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Law Office of Marilyn M. Smith
301 E Colorado Blvd Ste 620
Pasadena, CA, 91101-1972


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Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
One of the best!!!!
I hired Marilyn to work on a case involving my brother and can I just say WOW! She was very understanding of are situation as we did not have to money to pay her full hourly rate so she came up with a payment plan to help us. Marilyn worked hard to really help my brother and I get through the trial that we were facing (which was an uphill battle). She was the only lawyer to even hear us out and offer help. Even when it looked like a losing fight, she still helped us! If not for her I don't know what would have happen to my brother, so I thank her and I highly recommend her to everyone
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Posted by Barry | November 15, 2013
The Best
Diligent, smart, hard-working, pleasant, brilliant, well-organized. She literally saved my life and I am eternally grateful.
Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2013
outstanding litigator
Marilyn Smith has talent beyond words. She helped me in my litigation matter--always remaining informed, calm, and Strong. She can tackle any opposition. I would hire her again in a Second!


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AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Marilyn M. Smith
  • 1996 - Present
  • Partner
  • Knapp Petersen & Clarke
  • 1981 - 1991


  • University of Southern California
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A
  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Lance Camper v. Republic Indemnity
  • $6.3 million (jury verdict, upheld on appeal)
  • Confidential Settlement
  • Elder Abuse Settlement of $1.2 million
  • Confidential Settlement
  • Young man allowed to have the parent of choice as his conservator, and the other parent paid support


  • Convalescent Aid Society
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • 2017 - Present
  • City of La Canada Flintridge
  • Chair, Public Safety Commission
  • 2016 - Present
  • Opera A La Carte
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • N/A
  • Pasadena Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • N/A
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Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorneys
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2016
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • USC
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • San Gabriel Valley Study Group
  • Troubled Teens -- Crossover Issues in Civil and Family Law
  • N/A

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Litigation Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Smith is the best example of a trial attorney. She cares about her clients. She is not afraid to fight for tough causes. She cares about the plight of the vulnerable and disabled. She maintains professionalism, while never compromising her client's position. I am proud to know her."
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