Katherine A. Smith is a trial lawyer at Carpenter & Zuckerman who is fiercely committed to the advocacy of injury victims’ rights. In her role at CZ Law, Katherine focuses on litigating wrongful death claims, as well as all manner of cases where victims have been severely injured.
From clerking at the Children’s Law Center in Los Angeles to volunteering as a mentor at the Los Angeles LGBTQ Youth Center, Katherine has always been passionately motivated to protect and serve the vulnerable and underrepresented. This empathic quality, combined with Katherine’s broad legal experience and outstanding educational achievements, make her a natural addition to the robust legal team at CZ Law.
Beginning her legal career in 2018, Katherine clerked at several Los Angeles area law firms, quickly working her way up to Senior Law Clerk, followed by two associate attorney positions prior to joining CZ Law. As an associate attorney at a prominent Los Angeles law firm, Katherine spent several years focusing on consumer protection and litigating against major automobile manufacturers.
Katherine attended Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, where she earned her Juris Doctor degree in May, 2020. During her time at Southwestern, Katherine concurrently served as Peer Mentor and Teacher’s Assistant for an Alternative Dispute Resolution course. Prior to studying at Southwestern, Katherine earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with an emphasis in Criminal Justice from California Lutheran University, where she graduated cum laude in December, 2015.
Born and raised in Southern California, Katherine enjoys spending time with her girlfriend and family, along with her dog, Parker, and cat, Simon.