Katie Smith approaches litigation with the end game in mind. She works with clients to learn their expectations, helps them understand the legal process and case strategy, and works to achieve the best outcome based on client goals. Clients benefit from Katie's deep understanding of the West Virginia state and federal court systems, which she gained as a Judicial Law Clerk for Chief Judge Gina M. Groh, United States District Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia, and as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Jefferson County.
Katie focuses her practice in general litigation and is a member of the firm’s Insurance Company Team and General Litigation group. Katie’s litigation practice has a concentration in the defense of insurance companies, state agencies, government officials, educational institutions, businesses, and private individuals. She defends against a wide array of tort and breach of contract claims, including wrongful death, constitutional torts, workplace injury, and first‑ and third‑party insurance claims.
Primarily working with insured clients, Katie enjoys learning the ins and outs of different industries and uses that knowledge to customize a defense strategy for their unique needs. Katie’s recent projects have been for law enforcement agencies and officials, boards of education, higher education institutions, insurance companies, and national and local businesses.
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