Shayla Smith

Senior Attorney

Shayla Smith

Senior Attorney Shayla Smith’s litigation practice is centered on compassionate and creative advocacy along with understanding her clients’ business and personal objectives in order to develop short and long term strategies designed to protect their interests. Her practice centers on comprehensive defense for business owners and families in the areas of commercial litigation, business and personal tort defense, termination/adoption, divorce, child custody disputes, as well as drafting estate planning documents such as wills, medical directives and trusts. With over a decade of managing all phases of high stakes litigation from the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office to private practice, Shayla’s clients benefit from her unique multi-faceted courtroom experience.

Shayla works closely with her clients to develop cost-efficient dispute resolution solutions to reach a favorable settlement. In instances where negotiation resolutions are unavailable, Shayla welcomes the opportunity to leverage compelling advocacy in trial or arbitration.

Shayla is a member of Buckingham Road Church of Christ where she serves as a bible class teacher, children’s church leader and volunteer. She is the proud mother of five, (three almost four) adult children and one school-age. When she isn’t advocating for her clients, Shayla can often be seen on the sidelines for any number of sports/activities her children are involved in. Shayla is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and has served the community in a variety of roles within her sisterhood.

  • Family Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Tort Defense
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Appeals
  • Contract Review and Negotiation

Licensed in Texas

  • Northern District of Texas
  • Eastern District of Texas
  • CLE presenter and facilitator

University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law

  • ABA/BNA and Cali Award in Excellence in Intellectual Property Law
  • Journal of Dispute Resolution
  • Lloyd Gaines Foundation Scholarship recipient
  • University of Missouri-Columbia, J.D. – 2009
  • University of Missouri-Columbia, Bachelor of Journalism – 2005
  • Plano West Senior High School, Plano, Texas – 2002
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Collin County Bar Association
  • Collin County Women Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., North Central Texas Alumnae Chapter
  • Golden Corridor Republican Women’s Club

Diana Brooks



(469) 714-0012


5900 S. Lake Forest Dr, Suite 240
McKinney, TX 75070

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