life happens, i'm here to help
life happens, i'm here to help
We do everything we can to help ease the stress of the legal system for our clients. We are dedicated to understanding client goals, explaining the process and available options and assisting clients in choosing the best course of action.
Elizabeth Smith began her legal career in 2005 working towards an Associates Degree in paralegal studies after recalling her childhood dream of becoming "Matlock." During her first semester, she joined Poynter & Bucheri as a Receptionist. Within six short months, she was transitioned to criminal defense and family law paralegal and was delegated the responsibility of office manager. Elizabeth drafted pleadings, helped strategize on cases and was very involved in client communication as well as managing the day-to-day of the office. Upon completion of her Associates Degree, Elizabeth began to entertain the idea of law school. While unsure if she wanted to pursue a legal degree or continue to provide legal support, Elizabeth knew a Bachelors Degree would be required if law school were in the future so she began working toward that goal.
After 5 years with Poynter & Bucheri, including assisting with 2 murder trials, Elizabeth took some time off to spend with her newborn daughter. A few months later, she was recruited by the elected prosecutor in Marion County to be his direct report assistant. She aided him with a myriad of duties, including coordinating press conferences, drafting press releases, fundraising and hosting the office Christmas Party and conducting research for his radio show, “Crime Beat”. During this time, Elizabeth continued to freelance with P&B on injury cases, drafting demands and Complaints. While her position with Mr. Brizzi was intended to be temporary only through the end of his second term, Elizabeth went on to work as his paralegal in private practice for the next four years.
Completing her Bachelors Degree, Elizabeth saw herself in a much more involved role than drafting legal documents. She applied for law school and was wait-listed for IU McKinney, her first choice school. Elizabeth was accepted to Valparaiso on scholarship so she left her Morgan County roots and relocated herself and her daughter to Northern Indiana for her first year of law school. While juggling life as a single mother, a full-time student and working as a freelance paralegal for both Mr. Brizzi in private practice, as well as with Poynter & Bucheri (“P&B”), Elizabeth managed to rank 11th in her class after her 1L year and was able to transfer to IU McKinney to complete her second and third years. Elizabeth continued to work for Mr. Brizzi, including assisting in another murder trial. She also continued to work for P&B in addition to maintaining a full time law school schedule. Graduating in May, 2015, Elizabeth sat for and passed the July bar. She resumed full time employment with P&B August the same year. Her ambition and persistence were recognized when she was sworn in to practice law September, 2015.
Unlike most new lawyers, Elizabeth walked into the law practice trial-ready, with ten years legal experience and already having handling several cases of her own through participation in the Criminal Defense Clinic during her law school career. She appeared in Court on a contested custody modification hearing the Friday of the week she was admitted to the Indiana Bar.
When it came time to expand P&B, in marched Elizabeth to run the Mooresville office while launching an immediately successful law career. And she does this all with apparent ease. Elizabeth loves her work and it shows. Her pleasant disposition is evident with every client she serves. She is always looking for the very best result that she can summon up, and takes personally her commitment to her clients.
Elizabeth also works as a Public Defender in Morgan County.
Elizabeth is a lifelong resident of Morgan County where she currently lives on a small farm with her husband, Daniel and their five children.
As our paralegal and office manager, Amanda will work directly with you to get you in contact with the services that you need. Amanda is an invaluable resource to our firm and always addresses client concerns with understanding and respect. As our attorneys are often in Court on other matters, the paralegal is an excellent point of contact for clients.
2 W Main Street, Mooresville, IN 46158
This website is for informational purposes only. Using this site or communicating with Attorney Elizabeth Smith through this site does not form an attorney/client relationship. This site is legal advertising.
Copyright © 2018 LawLawyerTemplate - All Rights Reserved.
Powered by GoDaddy Website Builder