Toria D. Smith
Toria Denise Smith began her legal career in 2015 as law clerk for the Honorable R. Keith Kelly, Circuit Court Judge, having previously worked as his paralegal for over 10 years. Following her clerkship, Toria worked for Solicitor Barry Barnette as an Assistant Solicitor for the Seventh Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office. She served as the Domestic Violence Prosecutor for Cherokee County, where she prosecuted hundreds of cases and tried many to verdict. Toria also handled cases involving charges of murder, attempted murder, burglary, robbery, kidnapping, malicious injury to personal property, DUI, and drug possession.
While working as an Assistant Solicitor, Toria joined the South Carolina Young Lawyer’s Division of the South Carolina Bar Association, and served on the committees for Voices Against Violence and Protecting Our Youth. She also conducted domestic violence training for the Gaffney Police Department and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office to ensure that victim’s rights are protected. Transitioning to private practice, Toria has that same dedication to her clients and works hard to provide the highest level of legal representation, using the skills she developed in the court room.
“I have a passion to serve and to help people who are hurting,” she says. “People come to us during the most vulnerable and frightening times in their lives, and they need to know that someone is fighting for them.”
Toria graduated from the Converse College Paralegal Program in 2001. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from The University of South Carolina in 2006. In 2015, Toria graduated from of the Charlotte School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor Degree. During law school, she worked as a real estate paralegal for FrickTrent, LLC.
Toria is a native of Spartanburg, where she currently lives with her husband. They have six children and three grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family, working alongside her husband on many projects around their home, teaching the youth at their church, and traveling. She and her husband strive to be positive role models for their family by exhibiting hard work and sacrifice; and, by helping those in need. She believes that life is about choices: “Either we choose to allow our obstacles to affect our lives negatively or we find something positive within the struggle to strengthen our character.”
- U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 2023
- South Carolina, 2016
- University of South Carolina, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 2006 – B.S. Criminal Justice
- Charlotte School of Law, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2015 – J.D.
- 2018-2019 South Carolina Bar Young Lawyer’s Division Star of the Quarter Award
- American Bar Association
- South Carolina Bar Association
- South Carolina Association for Justice
- Personal Injury
- July 2018 Domestic Violence Training – Gaffney Police Department
- October 27, 2018 Domestic Violence Symposium hosted by the Spartanburg Chapter of National Hook-up of Black Women
- Domestic Violence Vigil hosted by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office
- January 23, 2020 South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association Conference – Columbia, SC
- January 26, 2020 Just Mercy Roundtable Moderator – Spartanburg County Foundation
- March 7, 2020 30th Annual Violence Prevention Workshop – Grove Elementary School hosted by Greenville Kappas
- May 2020 Women’s Day Program – Faith Tabernacle Church of Spartanburg
- February 10, 2021 Limestone College - Introductory Course for Criminal Justice, Social Work, and Psychology
- March 2, 2022 Limestone College - Introductory Course for Criminal Justice, Social Work, and Psychology
- October 6, 2022 Domestic Violence Vigil hosted by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office
- October 19, 2022 Limestone College - Introductory Course for Criminal Justice, Social Work, and Psychology
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Why should someone come to KD Trial Lawyers?
We literally have it all here. So often, one legal problem is really several legal problems. Our firm is in the unique position to be able to handle just about every legal angle a case may have. We work together as team to see all the issues, which is a rarity these days.
What are your favorite things about your job?
Helping people, hands down. The court system is big and can be really overwhelming to people. I love the ability to help people walk through the system and to advocate for them. Solving problems is the best thing about being a lawyer.
What do you like the most about the law?
I like the challenge. I love the courtroom. I think the opportunity to help people who normally feel like they don’t have a voice in the legal system and giving them that voice is the most rewarding thing we as lawyers get to do.