Attorney Rhonda Sansone Smith

Rhonda grew up in Zachary, Louisiana where she graduated from Northeast High School in 1991.  While in high school, she participated each year in the High School Mock Trial Competition which sparked her passion for law.  Rhonda went on to graduate from Baton Rouge College for Paralegal Studies and worked for attorneys in the Baton Rouge area where she made a decision to tap into her unrealized potential and enrolled at LSU to complete her undergraduate degree and went on to apply to law school.

Rhonda S. Smith is a 2002 graduate of Louisiana State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in History.  She was immediately accepted into Paul M. Hebert Law School at LSU and obtained her Juris Doctorate in 2005, as well as a Bachelor of Civil Law the same year.  During law school, she was a member of the Legal Association of Women and served as their president her third year.  She was also a member of the Civil Flory Mock Trial Association as both an attorney and as a judge.  She was honored to obtain an internship with the Innocence Project of New Orleans where she worked with an inmate serving a life sentence.  During her second and third year of law school, Rhonda was a law clerk for the family law firm of Lee & Walsh in Baton Rouge.

Following law school, she served as the judicial law clerk for the Honorable Annette B. Lasalle, Judge of the Family Court of Baton Rouge, 19th Judicial District Court, East Baton Rouge Parish.  She then began working for a small firm in Lake Charles, Louisiana specializing in toxic torts and asbestos defense litigation.  As her husband continued to be promoted within his company, Rhonda followed him to Georgia and Texas, where she became a licensed attorney with both State Bar Associations.

Rhonda is active in her community, formerly serving as a member of the High School Mock Trial Association and as an attorney-mentor for several high schools.  She was also honored to be a member and president of the Louisiana National Guard Family Support Group for the 256th BSTB in Plaquemine, Louisiana during her husband’s two tours of duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Rhonda resides in Cumming, Georgia with her husband, Michael D. Smith.  Rhonda and Mike are the proud parents of an extremely talented son, Cameron Daniel Smith.

 Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
    • Uncontested/Contested Divorce
    • Child Custody/Support
    • Paternity/Legitimation
    • Community Property
    • Spousal Support/Alimony
  • First Party Insurance Litigation
    • Bad Faith Claims
      • Homeowner’s Insurance
      • Life Insurance
      • Fire Insurance
      • Business Insurance
      • Flood Insurance
      • Personal Property Insurance

Bar Admissions

  • State of Louisiana
    • USDC, Middle, Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana
    • Court of Appeal, First Circuit, State of Louisiana
  • State of Georgia
    • USDC, Middle District of Georgia
  • State of Texas
    • USDC, Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of Texas

Education

  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, 2005
    • Juris Doctorate
    • Bachelor of Civil Law
  • Louisiana State University, 2002
    • Bachelor of Arts in History

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Georgia State Bar Association
  • Texas State Bar Association
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
    • Mock Trial Committee
    • Law Day Committee
  • High School Mock Trial Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Louisiana National Guard Family Support Group