Thank you for visiting my web site and for your interest in learning more about me.
I grew up in the Dutch Fork area and graduated from Irmo High School in 1987. My family roots are in Newberry, South Carolina and Louisiana, where I was born. I graduated with an English Degree from Clemson University in 1991, and from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1995.
I am married to my high school sweetheart and partner in life, Pauley Smith, who is a first-grade teacher at Lake Murray Elementary. We have raised our three children in Irmo, Lexington, and now for the past 10+ years, in Chapin, SC. We love to travel, especially to National Parks and scenic places. We are at the stage of life where our three children are in high school and college, and we are so proud of the young adults they are becoming – and yes, I am bragging.
Words that best describe my personal values are honesty, compassion, justice, equality, civility, loyalty and integrity. For balance in a world of increasing pace and rush to provide services, I keep a sticky note on my computer screen that says: “Deliberate and accurate are more important than a fast finish.” I enjoy working on both the details and the big picture of a situation to find a balanced perspective.
I have worked hard over my career to be where I am now. But for me, working as an attorney is still a calling and an honor that I do not take for granted. I am thankful for my career and those that have mentored me, and partnered with me, along the way as I worked first as a Judicial Law Clerk for Judge William P. Keelsey in the South Carolina Circuit Courts, then as an associate and long-time partner with the Lexington law firm of Davis Frawley, LLC and its predecessor firms, then as a founding partner in the Chapin law firm of Smith & Sullivan, LLC, and now as a solo practitioner with the Lisa Lee Smith Law Firm, LLC. I am thankful for each phase of my career and the opportunities for professional development over the past 24 years making a difference in the lives of my clients. I look forward to the years ahead to serve my local community and clients across South Carolina from my office in Chapin.
Civic and professional involvement is very important to me at the local, county and state levels. I am a Past President of the Lexington County Bar Association and Past President of the Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise. Through Rotary, I served for three years as an Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 7770 for six Rotary clubs in the greater Columbia area, Chapin Sunrise, Lake Murray-Irmo, Cayce-West Columbia, West-Metro West Columbia, St. Andrews, and Lexington. I am very active in the South Carolina Bar Association as a member of the House of Delegates and Convention Committee. Previously, I served as chair and member of the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection Committee, and as member of the Nominating Committee, Professional Responsibility Committee, the Professional Potential Task Force, the Judicial Qualifications Committee and the Law Related Education Committee. I am a member of the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and the Solo/Small Firm Section of the South Carolina Bar.
1995 License to Practice Law, Member, South Carolina Bar
2004 Certified Circuit Court Mediator
2004 Insurance License, South Carolina Title Insurance Agent
2009 Certified Circuit Court Arbitrator
1995 JD, University of South Carolina, School of Law
1991 BA, Clemson University
1987 Irmo High School
1996-1997 Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable William P. Keesley in the South Carolina Circuit Courts of Common Pleas and General Sessions.
1997-2014 Private Practice of law as a partner and associate with Davis Frawley, LLC (and its predecessor law firms) in Lexington, South Carolina.
2015-2018 Private Practice of law as a founding and managing partner of Smith & Sullivan, LLC in Chapin, South Carolina.
2018-Present Private Practice of law as the founding member of the Lisa Lee Smith Law Firm, LLC in Chapin, South Carolina.