Attorney - Mariel E. Smith

Attorney:

Mariel E. Smith
Attorney at Law
HBS Columbus Office

P: 706-494-3818
F: 706-494-3828
E: msmith@hallboothsmith.com
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Overview

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

Education

In the context of education law, Mrs. Smith regularly researches various issues for school board members and administrators. Mrs. Smith recognizes the importance of ensuring that board policies are up-to-date with the constantly changing state and federal education laws. In that regard, Mrs. Smith has drafted and revised many board policies related to governance, students, fiscal management and personnel. Additionally, Mrs. Smith provides representation to school districts and employees in defending and investigating lawsuits involving sexual harassment, discrimination, special education and even motor vehicle collision occurring within the scope of a district employee's job duties.

Employment

Mrs. Smith has had the opportunity to defend public and private sector employers and Department of Labor Hearings, write opinion letters regarding suspension and termination procedures and offer guidance in connection with responding to lawsuits involving current and former employees. Clients frequently benefit from Mrs. Smith’s familiarity with employment law, particularly in the context of litigation.

Insurance Coverage

Mrs. Smith represents insurance companies and their insureds in first party and third party lawsuits. She has experience in all aspects of insurance defense litigation, including providing a defense from the inception of a lawsuit through representing the client at trial.

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. 

Workers’ Compensation

Education

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

Admitted

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

Publications

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

Awards

Top 40 under 40 for Georgia by the National Black Lawyers Association, 2015 - 2016

Memberships

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