|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Jury Verdict of $1,266,983||Los Angeles County Superior Court||1996|
|Course Instructor||Death Penalty College||1994 - 1994|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Mock Trial Program||Attorney Scorer||2012 - Present|
|State Bar of New Mexico||Attorney||1996 - Present|
|Association of Trial Lawyers of America||Trial Attorney||1986 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Attorney||1986 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Attorney||1986 - Present|
|California Public Defender's Association||Attorney - Instructor||1986 - Present|
|Riverside County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Advisory Panel, Domestic Violence Committee||Member||N/A|
|Debra Smith||Had Enough? Part 2||2010|
|Debra Smith||Had Enough? Part 3||2010|
|Debra A. Smith||Had Enough? Part 1||2010|
|Southland University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1985|
|California State College, Bakersfield||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Riverside Medical Center||Abuse and Domestic Violence In Home||2008|
|Domestic Violence Workplace||Domestic Violence||2007|
|Social Workers Elder Abuse Seminar||Elder Abuse||2005|
Posted by Patricia
I hired Attorney Smith to represent me in a highly contested divorce. It has been a long process (over a year) but she never left me in the dark or unprepared. Many court dates later I am happy to say that my divorce is final and I got all that was fair in the process. I hope that no one has to go through the process of a divorce but if you do I would recommend Debra A. Smith to represent you 100 percent.
She answered all my questions and kept my updated throughout the process. I am very happy I chose her office after interviewing several attorneys in the beginning. I will recommend her office to everyone I know that needs an attorney.
Posted by anonymous
This firm is, simply put, a nightmare. Go ahead and hire them if you like paying a large sum of money for being placed in harm's way. My case was never taken seriously and was immediately sloughed off to a paralegal. My legal documents had errors, including even my request for a fee waiver, so that even after finally being able to rid myself of this firm, I couldn't even use the original documents and had to pay someone else to completely begin my divorce all over again.
You will read their website and believe that they sympathize and specialize in domestic violence cases, that you will be protected and taken seriously. From the start, I was told I didn't require a restraining order. I had to put my divorce on hold one time for the sake of my own safety. When I called the firm to let them know that I was ready to continue with the divorce and was headed to a domestic violence shelter, Debra was put on the phone with me for the first time. I was urged to stay in my home, and told that my ex would be kept away from the residence. At the time, I was not informed that this would be a lengthy process and that I would not be safe during this time. Not only that, I had to email and then phone several times just to have my ex served. Finally, I emailed both Debra and the paralegal and the paralegal called me and agreed to mail the court papers to my ex. That is when the real fun began for me and my two children. My ex decided to put himself on disability and I was held in my home against my will for six excruciating months. My situation became so dire that I had my daughter report us to the school authorities and we were able to finally have my ex removed from the home. I have no doubt had a few more months gone by, I would not have survived. I then went on to file my own restraining order while struggling to rid myself of being represented by this firm. My children and I have all been diagnosed with PTSD since this time.
I paid a $5,000 retainer fee for their "services". Nearly a year later, I am still struggling to get the portion of it back that wasn't used on their dangerous counsel. I cannot urge you strongly enough to avoid this firm. Please keep yourself and your children safe and find someone who really cares about your situation.
Posted by Gloria Ramirez
If you're going through family issues for which you need an attorney, look no further. Sadly, I've neededDebra's services repeatedly We WON every single time. I kept my all of my property and didn't have to pay alimony. Now that's a win!