Experienced Attorney

Has represented thousands of clients in all areas of family law from straightforward divorces to complex litigation.

Over 30 Years of Experience

Graduated with a Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill in 1991.

Additional Certifications

DRC Certified Family Financial Mediator since 2011 and DRC Certified Superior Court Mediator since 2011.

Professional And Experienced Family Law Attorney

Mary Beth Smith

Recognized by Lawyers of Distinction for Excellence in Family and Divorce Law, attorney Mary Beth Smith is committed to helping others and strives to provide exceptional legal representation in all areas of family law including separation, divorce, custody, child support, equitable distribution, post separation support, and alimony.

Born and raised in North Carolina, Mary Beth is the first of four children of Addison Neal Smith, Sr., and Elizabeth Withers Smith. Mary Beth’s father served in the United States Army; served six years in the North Carolina House of Representatives from Rowan County; and retired from State government. Her mother worked and retired as a registered nurse and was a lifelong advocate for children. She and Mary Beth were original members of the Rowan County Child Abuse Prevention Task Force. Both of Mary Beth’s parents spent their lives in the service of others and from them she and her siblings learned the value of hard work, honesty, and integrity. Mary Beth was married to the late Bryan Scott Smith of Woodleaf, North Carolina, and they have one daughter, Katherine Smith, who is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Katherine is Mary Beth’s greatest pride and blessing.

Mary Beth Smith received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988 and graduated with a Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill in 1991 at the age of twenty-four. While in law school Smith was selected to work between her second and third years of law school for the Office of Legal Counsel for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. She was granted Top Secret security clearance at the age of twenty-two. While at the CIA Smith also was selected and worked as a special assignment at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Upon graduation from law school, Smith was honored to accept a position as an associate with the Salisbury law firm of Donald L. Weinhold, P.A. Smith later was a founding partner of Smith, Shortell, and Link and also of Smith, Cloninger, Ginn, and Link, in Concord, North Carolina.

In 2001 Smith opened her solo practice in Salisbury, North Carolina, where she has continued to litigate all aspects of family law. A North Carolina Court of Appeals opinion in one of Smith’s cases, Christmas vs. Cabarrus County; Cabarrus County Department of Social Services, et. al. (COA07-1301) was designated by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly as one of the top 100 most significant decisions in North Carolina for that year. That decision clarified the scope of the public duty doctrine and is still cited in cases today.

In addition to being a highly experienced and skilled litigator, Smith is also a Dispute Resolution Commission Certified Family Financial Mediator and a Dispute Resolution Commission Certified Superior Court Mediator. She has successfully mediated District Court and Superior Court cases.

In addition to running her own law firm, Smith also is committed to her family and to contributing to her community and profession. She has served as a judge for the Salisbury Regional North Carolina High School Mock Trial Competition and has assisted in the instruction of Rowan County third graders during their annual trip to the Rowan County Courthouse and mock trial experience. She also serves on the Rowan County Family Advisory Committee which includes family law attorneys and court personnel committed to the implementation and improvement of local court rules, procedures, and forms.

Smith is particularly honored to have been an original member of the Rowan County Child Abuse Prevention Task Force which wrote and implemented the protocol for Rowan County Child Abuse Prevention. She also spoke before the North Carolina Legislature in support of the open records law which related to the disclosure of certain Department of Social Services records following the death of any child who had been the subject of a Department of Social Services investigation prior to said death and prevented said information from being withheld from review on the basis of confidentiality which was typically asserted prior to the passing of the law.

Mary Beth Smith recognizes that family law matters are of utmost significance in the lives of her clients, and she considers it an honor to assist individuals who are in need of legal representation on these issues. Through the years she has handled thousands of family law cases, but she never forgets that behind every case is an individual and a family who are putting their trust in her during some of the most difficult times of their lives, and she works hard every day to provide strong and compassionate representation for each and every client.

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