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Jennifer Renee Smith

Divorce and separation Attorney at Olympia, WA

4.3   23 reviews

Licensed for 12 years

Virtual consultation available

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HELLO! MY NAME IS JENNIFER SMITH AND I AM A FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY. I HAVE BEEN PRACTICING FOR 12 YEARS NOW. I AM DILIGENT, ATTENTIVE AND WHEN NEED BE, AGGRESSIVE. I BELIEVE WHAT MAKES ME STAND OUT IS THAT I LOVE PRACTICING FAMILY LAW. I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT MY PRACTICE.
Licensed for 12 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2010
Updated 11/25/2022

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

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Jennifer R. Smith, Attorney at Law
1800 Cooper Point Road, SW, Bldg 12
Olympia, WA, 98502

Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
  23 customer reviews
Posted by Jana | July 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing & professional!!
Jennifer was absolutely amazing! She helped me win a custody battle so my kids wouldn’t have to live with their mother anymore, who is now in rehab. She kept me updated on everything, answered all of my questions, and got my kids back into a safe home. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a competent lawyer who knows their stuff because she certainly does.
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Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
I can not say enough wonderful things about Jennifer. Jennifer is organized, efficient, direct and effective. Jennifer is professional. She approaches her cases with a plan. Jennifer will guide you and resolve your matter in the best way possible. Follow her lead. You will be ver pleased you hired Jennifer and her team.
Posted by Meghan | August 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Perfect Fit
Jennifer (Jen) was a perfect fit. I was kept informed about the status of my case on a regular basis. Jen took the time to explain the process. She was also extremely personable. There were a number of times that Jen told me what to expect and she was spot on. I was also very impressed with her response time to my questions. She always got back to me and was always personal as well as empathic to my situation. I am so pleased I hired Jen and her office.
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
My experience with Jennifer Smith and her paralegal Robin was excellent. My attorney, Jennifer Smith gave my case all the time and attention that was needed to be successful in court. She was a calming and confident presence during very difficult court proceedings. I was never once was treated as anything other than a valuable client by Mrs. Smith and her office. I very much appreciate the knowledge and support I received.
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Posted by Amanda | April 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer in the state
When my husband and I first met Jennifer about two years ago. We were searching for a lawyer who could help us with starting a third party custody to take custody of my niece and nephew from a bad situation. My husband and I really didn't know what we were getting when we chose Jennifer and her team. We honestly just thought she was just going to be like every other typical lawyer for our third party custody case but we were so wrong and so happy we grabbed her up when we did. Since then, Jennifer not only was amazing and helped us with our third party custody, she has helped us with eight different cases ranging from non-custody, parenting plan change, fighting false CPS accusations, Several restraining orders/ no contact orders, No matter what case we through at Jennifer and Robin her assistant they were always ready for the challenge and willing to help. When it comes to staying in contact with Jennifer, my husband and I are always able to reach them in times of crisis, Weather it be via email or by phone. Their response time is unreal very quick to respond. Jennifer is the calm to this crazy storm my husband and I have gone through this past year. Her vast knowledge is impressive, and much appreciated. She is very thorough with her information. She won't lie to you and tell you what you want to hear. She is a straight shooter. Her demeanor when conducting herself in front of the courts is wonderful. She has never let us down and I am so proud to say we have won six out of eight cases and I am one hundred percent positive that with Jennifer and her team we will win out final two cases this year. So if your looking for a amazing attentive knowledgeable lawyer Jennifer and her team is it.
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Very Pleased
No one wants to have to hire a lawyer. It is extremely stressful and can be financially taxing. However, Jennifer and her team were awesome. I was going through a divorce an there was a lot at stake. Jennifer made the process as streamline as possible. She was attentive, responsive and informative. If you are going through a family law issue and you are looking for an attorney - DO NOT HIRE ANYONE UNTIL YOU HAVE SPOKE WITH JEN.
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Posted by ANTHONY | February 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Family Law Attorney
My ex had two dui's and petitioned the court to get my daughter away from her mother. Both times I was denied. My ex continued to drink and cause problems for my daughters' well being. I had been beaten down by the family court system and had no hope that anything would change; I had already had three attorneys and spent over $25,000 which resulted in nothing changing. The courts did not even modify the parenting plan. Then I hired Jennifer Smith. Jennifer got me custody of my daughter and I never thought that would have been possible. Jennifer was up front and honest about the case. I never felt like she was telling me things to placate me and she is aggressive in the courtroom. I have. and will. continue to recommend Jennifer to anyone who is fighting for their child.
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Posted by Pamela | January 31, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
I can not thank Jennifer enough for what she did for our family. After a long 2 years of battling for my granddaughters to be returned to their mother we finally found an attorney that could help us. Jennifer was the 5th attorney we hired and I so wish we found her in the beginning. This case ended up going to trial. As she walked into the court room she stated " I am getting these girls back home" and she did just that. She worked hard on this case and gave her all. I cant say enough good about Jennifer and her team. During a stressful time she kept us encouraged and hopeful. If you need someone to fight for you Jennifer and her team are the ones to call. Sincerely
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Posted by Lyndsey | January 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Do not hire an attorney until you have consulted with Jennifer!!!!
I hired Jennifer Smith and her team to take on my very complex dirty child custody case. When I met with Jennifer I had been thru Five attorneys , five retainers, five people who in some way or another let me down or made mistakes. When it comes to your kids you don’t want to hire someone who will make mistakes. I can not express enough how crucial it is to hire the correct representation early on in your case if you want to have positive results. I came to Jen confused and lost and hopeless. Child custody is heart wrenching. She met with me promptly, she guided me correctly, she told me exactly what needed to happen at my consultation. Unfortunately in my case it was to go to trial. My file was inches thick and confusing, she learned my case word for word better then I knew my case. She cares!!!! She cares about me and my kids and she believes me! It’s important to trust your attorney , in my case we were starting the beginning of a long relationship. My daughters were placed with their father after an altercation between their father and step father. We ended up going to a four day trial. She not only got the petitioners whole case dismissed, she did it with tenacity and grace. She was there for me day or night, she comforted me when I was scared, she took me and my family to lunch through out the entire trial, she treated me as if I mattered and she fought for me ... HARD. Not only is this attorney compassionate and driven , she is intelligent and knows law! She’s experienced with complicated cases, she will never be late for a dead line, she gets done what needs done so you don’t have to. You would think all attorneys do that but they don’t. My previous attorneys needed a lot of my help. Jen will guide you correctly you can count on that. Jen and her team got my children back for me after a two year long awful custody battle. She saved my life plain and simple. I love this woman and her entire firm! Please don’t waste your time with anyone else, when it comes to family law this is who you need!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Help through difficult times
Going through a divorce is one of the most difficult times in one’s life. I sought help from Jennifer. Jennifer was very clear. Jennifer counseled me wisely. Jennifer advocated for my children as I would have. The stress and pressures of court did not even phase her. Hire this attorney. You will not be disappointed.
Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very impressed
Exceptional legal mind. Exceptional advocate! If you are in search of a family law attorney that is going to find solutions and resolve your matter quickly - you need to hire Jennifer. Jennifer and her staff were efficient and realistic about outcomes. If I ever need a family law attorney again I will be returning to this law office.
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Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above a 5 star rating
I can't give a better review of Jennifer and her team. There is an obvious reason she is rapidly becoming one of the top lawyers in the area. I went through multiple attorneys due to their ethical issues, incompetence, etc. By the grace of God, I found Ms. Smith. Jennifer took a very tough divorce, and has completely turned it around. The opposing attorney was not happy when she came on board, because she turned an easy Divorce for him, into something unwinnable for his client. Her work ethic, law knowledge, big heart, and awesome team makes her a very respected attorney in the court room. As painful as it was following her directions at times, I kept my faith in her, and it has totally turned out how she said it would if I played by her rules. Family law often isnt a matter of laws, but of emotionally made decisions, even in the court room. Jennifer knows what it takes to get the best rulings possible, especially in the cases with children.
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Posted by anonymous | February 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful experience
I am really pleased with Ms. Smith and her entire office. Ms. Smith is attentive, caring and also direct - which I appreciated. Going through a divorce is extremely difficult, however, I felt as though I could trust my attorney, that she had my best interest at heart and that in was in great hands. If you are contemplating divorce you need to hire this lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2014
Effective
I was in an absolute mess! Jennifer came in and she knew exactly what to do. Jennifer was informative, efficient and most importantly effective. Retaining Ms. Smith was the best thing I could do and I recommend her to anyone in need of solid and consistent representation.
Posted by Megan | March 5, 2013
excellent attorney
Jennifer is an extremely thorough, well-prepared, and intelligent attorney. She works extremely hard for her clients and as a consequence is very effective at producing good results for them. I highly recommend her for both family law matters as well as employment law matters.
Posted by Russel | September 12, 2012
Whoever said the lawyer has little to do with the outcome, hasn't met Jen.
I don't reccommend people lightly, but this is one person that I would reccommend to any of my friends or family. She is knowledgeable beyond what I have experienced with any other attorney and always happy to go the extra needed to get the what needs to be done, done. She is very responsive to requests and never seems to need to get back to me about any of the questions I have had for her. I have used the services of other attorneys who will say they will get back to me because they don't know the answer and I have also had attorneys not have to get back to me, only to find out later they misinformed me. Jen is neither of these. You can search around for another attorney, but save the time and skip the other attorneys consultation fees by checking with Jen first!
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Posted by Lorra Ann | September 7, 2012
Professional & Determined
I have had the pleasure of working with Ms. Smith for over a year and a half on my case. She always has my family's best interest in mind and fights hard for what is right. Ms. Smith's ability to think outside the box and research and apply areas of law that may have otherwise been unknown to the opposing party definitely gives her an edge in the court room. Her professionalism and courteous behavior is seen by me as well as by her professional peers in and out of court. I appreciate all of her hard work and attention to my case and family's needs.
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Posted by Meg | September 7, 2012
Excellent Lawyer
I usually do not leave reviews, but had to in this case since such an excellent job was done. First of all, I cannot stress enough how kind, caring and understanding Ms. Smith was during this time of stress and anxiety. She not only was there to handle all of my legal issues, she also foresaw any problematic areas of my case before they became an issue. She won me full custody of my children. This was not an easy task as my spouse is very tenacious, manipulative and deceiving. Ms. Smith provided the evidence necessary and presence in court to let him be seen for what he really is...a liar. Anyway, back to Ms. Smith, if anyone is struggling through a separation or divorce and needs legal counsel, I highly recommend Jennifer Smith. She helped me through the most difficult time of my life with grace and gave me the confidence that I needed to get through this time.
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Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very professional and supportive
I chose to go a different direction with my case so I did not hire her, however, she is very professional and supportive. Very knowledgable and will listen to your concerns. My consultation with her was a very positive experience.
Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Anyone else!
Absolutely a waste of money to hire Jennifer. My bills show inaccurate times, which is also known as stealing. I paid her nearly $10,000 and she's stealing from me. $150 to drop off paperwork at the courthouse which is 5 minutes away from her office (to save $150 I would have absolutely ran it to the courthouse). Does not respond to emails in a timely fashion or at all. She sounds confident at the beginning but slowly loses confidence as you pay her. Some people are happy with her work, but I have a feeling that simple law work if you have a tough case or expectations seek someone else.
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Response from Jennifer Smith July 19, 2022
Jennifer Renee Smith’s response: “We strive to partner with our clients to achieve the best possible outcome for them. When things don't go well, we want to learn from it. However, since we also take seriously our obligation to maintain our client's confidentiality we won't engage in a discussion on social media. Please call me. I am always happy to listen.”
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Lawyer
  • Law Offices of Jennifer R. Smith
  • 2013 - Present
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services
  • 2010 - Present
  • Lawyer
  • Cordes Brandt, PLLC
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • King County Bar Association Family Law Mentor Program
  • 2010 - 2011
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Education

  • Whittier College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of California, Irvine
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Associations

  • Thurston County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washington Women Lawyers (Capitol Chapter)
  • At Large Board Member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Washington Women Lawyers (King County chapter)
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Exceptional Woman Award
  • Soroptimist International of Olympia
  • 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Bootcamp
  • Representing Low Income Clients
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
Endorse Jennifer
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jennifer without reservation. I have found her to be trustworthy, ethical, and expertly knowledgeable in the law."
Family Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Smith is one the hardest working and tenacious Lawyers I know. I originally met her when we had a case against each other and she was very professional and straight-forward. I have since had the pleasure of having her in the same building as my office. We often discuss legal issues and ideas. She is forward thinking and anticipates things that may not be noticeable at first. Jennifer is a fabulous attorney and I have and will continue to refer clients to her. I know that each client will be treated with respect and she will always go above and beyond."
Family Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.Jennifer is a brilliant and hard working attorney and shows great care and consideration for her clients. Jennifer has excellent insight into the law and is a strong representative for her clients, both in and out of the courtroom. She is very well respected by her fellow attorneys and has a reputation for being a reasonable yet zealous advocate. I would thoroughly recommend her to anyone looking for a great attorney."
Family Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Smith is a very talented attorney. I send her family law cases frequently, and I am confident that the clients' needs will be met. Jennifer really takes the time to get to know her clients, and she ensures that the issues in their cases are dealt with professionally."