Amanda Smith’s practice has been focused on family and other civil litigation cases from the time she was admitted to the bar. Prior to joining Dragga, Hannon, Hessler, & Wills, she worked as an associate attorney with another Montgomery County law firm where she developed her passion for family law cases and her appreciation for the opportunity to guide clients through one of the most difficult and emotionally challenging times in their lives. Amanda’s background in the field of Psychology has earned her a unique insight that serves her clients well. Amanda strives to educate and empower families at every step of the legal process to ensure that their diverse needs are met and their desired goals are achieved.
In 2009, Amanda graduated from the College of William and Mary with a double major in Psychology and Government. In college, she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and through them, worked with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in Williamsburg, Virginia. She then attended American University receiving her juris doctorate from the Washington College of Law, and was admitted to the Maryland bar in 2013. In law school, Amanda was a Legal Rhetoric Dean’s fellow for two years and a Note and Comment Editor for the American University Law Review. Additionally, she was a student attorney in the Women and the Law Clinic, where she handled immigration and family cases and advocated for clients in the D.C. Superior Court. After law school, Amanda was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable C. Philip Nichols, Jr. in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County.
Amanda is an active member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland (BAMC), and the local Women’s Bar Association. She was also selected as a Fellow of the 2015-2016 BAMC’s Leadership Development Academy, a prestigious program for young lawyers in the county who desire to hone their leadership skills. Amanda also serves as Listserv Chair of the Montgomery County Women’s Bar Association and recently sat on the group’s Triennial Auction Committee. She is a certified Collaborative Law attorney and serves as Secretary of her local practice group, Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals (CDRP).