Attorney - Mariel E. Smith


Mariel E. Smith
Attorney at Law
HBS Columbus Office

P: 706-494-3818
F: 706-494-3828
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Mariel E. Smith is an associate in the Columbus office of Hall Booth Smith, P.C.  Prior to joining the firm, Mrs. Smith was an Assistant District Attorney for the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit, where she is best known for assistance in the successful prosecution of a  twenty-year cold case, regarding a triple homicide.  Following law school, Mrs. Smith also served as a law clerk to four of the Superior Court Judges of the Chattahoochee Circuit.  She also served as the coordinator for the Mental Health Court during that time.  In addition to her work at Hall Booth Smith, P.C., for two years Mrs. Smith served as Associate Magistrate Judge for Muscogee County, and occasionally filled in on the bench for Municipal Court, as well.  As Associate Judge, Mrs. Smith presided over criminal first appearance hearings, truancy hearings and warrant applications.  She also presided over civil damages suits, involving a wide variety of legal issues.  Mrs. Smith is a graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law where she was the recipient of the Jack Yates Scholarship, served as President of Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity and worked as an employment and construction law research assistant.

Practice Areas

Retail and Hospitality

Mrs. Smith represents a variety of retail establishments, including, but not limited to, restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores and shopping centers in many different types of actions. These actions include slip and fall actions, as well as representation in employment-related matters. 


University of Arkansas School of Law, J.D., 2007
Mercer University, B.A., cum laude, 2003 


Georgia State Courts
Georgia Court of Appeals
Georgia Supreme Court
U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia


“Recent Case Decision: Defining Workers Compensation Medical Benefits,” HBS Worker's Compensation Blog, June 2017
Contributed to “Some Good Deeds Do Go Unpunished: AED and Emergency Medical Response” DRI, 2013
Co-authored “Placing Commercial and Economic Loss Problem in the Construction Industry Context” The John Marshall Law Review, 2007


Creative South 2017, Trademark and Copyright Law presentation “How to Cover your Ass-ets.”
National Business Institute, “Human Resource Law, 2017:-- Is You Employee Handbook Up to Date?: Essential Components and Sample Policies for Today’s Workplace; and Wage and Benefits Issues"


Top 40 under 40 for Georgia by the National Black Lawyers Association, 2015 - 2017


Chapter of the Young Lawyers Division, 2010-present

Columbus Chapter of Georgia Association for Women Lawyer (GAWL), 2008-present, past Treasurer, past President

Columbus Bar Association, 2009-present

Columbus American Inn of Court as an Associate, 2011-present

Georgia Defense Lawyers Association

Defense Research Institute

Fountain City Bar Association

Columbus Chapter of Society for Human Resource Management