Kendra L. Smith

Kendra L. Smith, Esq.

View More: an Equity Partner at Smith Butz, LLC heading up the firm’s Occupational Disease and Railroad Defense Department. Prior to joining Smith Butz, Attorney Smith worked at a large Pittsburgh law firm for 11 years, four of which in the position of Partner.

For more than a decade, Attorney Smith has practiced in the areas of transportation, railroad and occupational disease litigation. She continues to concentrate her practice in representing National Railroads clients in FELA matters, such as occupational exposures to various solvents, diesel exhaust, asbestos and other toxic exposures resulting in pulmonary injuries and various cancers. Attorney Smith also represents numerous manufacturers and products liability defense matters and consults with corporate executives about testimony strategy regarding proprietary information.

Attorney Smith has tried cases in both State and Federal Courts on FELA matters throughout the United States. She has also argued appeals before Appellate Courts in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. She recently was invited to speak at the Occupational Claims Conference in Boulder, Colorado, on her role in decertifying a FELA Class Action in Federal Court in Ohio.

Attorney Smith received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Monmouth University, where she captained the Nationally ranked Division I Soccer Team. She pursued a Master’s degree at Villanova University, prior to receiving her Juris Doctor Degree, with Distinction, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School located in Lansing, Michigan. While in law school, she received numerous honors, receiving Merit Book Awards for Sports law, Scholarly Writing and Pretrial/Posttrial Practice and Procedure. She was also a member of the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review and a Research and Trial Workshop Assistant.

Attorney Smith is licensed to practice law in all Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio and West Virginia State Courts, The United States District Courts for the Western District of Pennsylvania, The Middle District of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Attorney Smith is a member of the Allegheny County, Washington County, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and West Virginia Bar Associations. She resides in Southwestern Pennsylvania with her husband and 3 children.
If you or someone you know is in need of assistance in the areas of Occupational Disease or Railroad Defense, Attorney Kendra L. Smith can be reached via telephone at (724) 745-5121 of via email at

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