Katherine M. Smith
(304) 262-3538
Office: Martinsburg
J.D. West Virginia University
B.A. West Virginia University, magna cum laude
Licensure: WV
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Katie Smith focuses her practice in the areas of energy and business litigation. She is a former Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Jefferson County, West Virginia, as well as a former Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge Gina M. Groh for the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia in Martinsburg.

Work Experience

2018 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2018 Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Charles Town, WV
2017-2018 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2015-2017 Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Chief Judge Gina M. Groh, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of WV
2014 Legal Extern, United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of WV
2013 Legal Intern, Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Charles Town, WV

Speaking Engagements


"The Reach of Arbitration Agreements in Wrongful Death Cases: Considerations at the State and Federal Levels in West Virginia," 2018 Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia Notebook of Articles

"Risks in Denying Coverage Based Upon Failure to Cooperate: A High Bar in West Virginia," Spring 2018, Steptoe & Johnson Insurance Company Team Newsletter

"A Potential Crime of Violence: The Residual Clause and What it Means for Inmates," Criminal Law Bulletin, Volume 51, Issue 4, Summer 2015

"No More Simple Battery in West Virginia: The Newly Amended § 61-2-9 and § 61-2-28," 117 W. Va. L. Rev. Online 21, Monday, February 16, 2015

Key Experience

Obtained summary judgement in high-profile case on behalf of police officer in alleged false arrest, illegal search, and right to privacy violation of political candidate
Represented business owner in trademark violation and false association lawsuit brought by gambling resort
Defended product manufacturer against claim of personal injury blamed on faulty design and manufacture of portable heating system

Memberships & Awards

Certified, West Virginia Magistrate Court Mediator (2013-Present)
Senior Research Editor, West Virginia Law Review, Vols. 116 and 117
Clinical Law Program, West Virginia Innocence Project (2014-2015)
CALI Award: Family Law and Appellate Advocacy; Pro Bono Distinction