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Your Law Practitioner Licensed In Illinois & Missouri

I am Kathy Smith, a law practitioner in Illinois & Missouri. I am the head of The Law Office of Katherine Smith. Before practicing law, I worked as a Systems Engineer at Boeing Corporation. I was responsible for integrating systems to ensure the world's largest aerospace manufacturer offered leading edge aircraft in a competitive industry. While working at Boeing, I embraced my passion for law and attended Saint Louis University School of Law
graduating in 1996.

Since graduating from Saint Louis University School of Law, I have handled a wide variety of civil matters. My most notable accomplishments include successfully arguing a case before the Supreme Court of Illinois as well as representing the developer of one of the largest industrial parks in the U.S., Gateway Commerce Center. I resolved a dispute between the developer and surrounding landowners paving the way for construction of the region's premier distribution and logistics center. Gateway Commerce Center created over 6,000 jobs and has an annual economic impact of over $1.3 billion.

I Represent:

  • Businesses
  • Individuals
  • Landlords
  • Banks
  • Municipalities
  • School districts

Work Ethics & Arguments

I find great reward in working closely with my clients to arrive at satisfactory solutions. I am good at both complicated transactions as well as simple vital matters, such as helping families prepare Wills and Trusts.

I enjoy working with clients and prefer to erase the common belief that working with an attorney is stressful. My approach and etiquette in serving clients have resulted in my success  and respect in the community.
I have successfully argued before the Supreme Court of Illinois and won many cases before federal and state courts throughout Illinois and Missouri.

Professional Experience

Presentations

  • “Residential Real Estate Transactions” Madison County Bar Association (2009)
  • “Landlord and Tenant Law” Madison County Bar Association (2015)
  • “Step by Step Through the Purchase Contract” National Business Institute (2016)
  • “Ethical Challenges in Real Estate” National Business Institute (2016)
  • “Evictions and Landlord’s Rights” Riverbend Rental Property Owners Association (2013)
  • “Contracts” People in Business (2010)
  • “Creditor’s Rights” Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard PC (2013)
  • “Wills and Trusts” People in Business (2010)

Significant Cases

  • Country Mutual Insurance Company v. Teachers Insurance Company, et al., No. 89412 (2001)
  • In re: Incorporation of a Village to be Known as the Village of Mitchell (The Village of Pontoon Beach, The City of Edwardsville, and The City of Granite City; Union Electric Development Company and Gateway Commerce Center Investment Company, L.L.C.). No. 5-99-0233 (5th Dist. 2000)

Professional Associations

  • Madison County Bar Association, Real Estate Committee Member
  • Riverbend Rental Property Owners Association

Honors

I was elected to the Madison County Board and served on the Finance, Judiciary, Planning and Development, and Real Estate Tax Committees.

  • Alton Godfrey Rotary
  • Fosterburg Fire Protection District Board Member
  • YWCA Woman of Distinction
  • Madison County Storm Water Commission
  • Director of the River Bend Growth Association
  • Vice President of the Woodland Hills Homeowners Association

Bar Admissions

I am a member of the Illinois Bar, Missouri Bar and Madison County Bar Association and more.

  • Illinois, 1996
  • Missouri, 1997
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • St. Louis Circuit Court, St. Louis MO
  • St. Louis County Circuit Court, Clayton MO
  • Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court
  • US District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Education

  • B.S. from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville School of Business with Specialization in Computer Information Systems
  • M.S. from Washington University School of Engineering
  • J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law