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    Candace Smith practices in the areas of general and energy litigation. Candace is a key player in defending firm clients and is often involved in litigation from the inception, including pre-case assessment and litigation planning. Recently, Smith has briefed appeals for matters in the Sixth Circuit, as well as in Kentucky state court on behalf of both appellant and appellee.

    Clients in the energy industry appreciate her ability to act quickly, while keeping their business interests at the forefront.  Candace has a unique skillset and is comfortable in the court room, interviewing witnesses and taking depositions, and researching complex lease and royalty issues.  Candace recently completed the University of Virginia Trial Academy.

    Memberships & Awards

    Member, Central Kentucky American Inn of Court
    Business Editor, Wake Forest Law Review

    Key Experience

    Served as second chair for trials in state and federal court and managed extensive pretrial discovery, motion and brief drafting, and witness preparation
    Litigated oil and gas well and pipeline claims on surface use, ownership, drilling rights, breach of contract, royalty payments, and lease interpretation
    Represented oil and gas company operator in matter involving mineral trespass and accusation of depletion of oil and gas reserves

    Work Experience

    2013 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

    Speaking Engagements

    “Property Owner Owes No Legal Duty to Neighboring Cattle Farmers for Harm Caused by Poisonous Yew Bushes,” for Cow Country News (December 2019)

    “Default Method for Calculating Royalties in KY, WV, PA, VA,” Southern Appalachian Association of Professional Landmen, December 2016