Erin J. Smith was raised on the Northern Neck of Virginia. She graduated from Lancaster High School, ranked second in her class. Following high school, she attended Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. She graduated with honors and her Bachelor’s Degree in English and a minor in Communication Studies.
She spent the next two years working as a high school English teacher before applying to and being accepted into Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, DC. While attending school, she worked at the Alexandria Office of the Public Defender, defending indigent clients charged with traffic offenses, misdemeanors, and felonies.
Ms. Smith then opened her private practice where she currently defends individuals throughout Northern Virginia charged with both misdemeanors and felonies. She also represents clients in uncontested divorces and clients seeking expungements.
Ms. Smith has a strong commitment to providing legal service to those who need legal representation, but cannot afford to pay for the services of an attorney. She volunteers with the Fairfax County Bar Association’s Wills on Wheels Clinic. In that position, she, with other attorneys, visit sites throughout the community to draft end-of-life and planning documents, including wills, health care directives, and powers of attorney.
Lili R. O’Connell is the of-counsel attorney at The Smith Firm, PLLC. During her career, she has successfully defended several high-profile criminal cases with great success. While Ms. O’Connell enjoys the courtroom, she has also gained a reputation as an attentive listener and counselor for her clients outside of court.
She has handled cases in many Virginia jurisdictions, including the General District, Circuit and Juvenile/Domestic Relations Courts of Fairfax, Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Herndon, Vienna, Prince William, Stafford, Madison and Loudoun.
In addition to her extensive criminal experience, Ms. O’Connell is a qualified Guardian ad Litem and represents children in custody and juvenile delinquency cases. She also volunteers her time at the Lamb Center, a homeless shelter in Fairfax, to offer pro bono legal advice.
Ms. O’Connell is originally from New England and completed both her Law Degree and Bachelors degree at the University of Connecticut.
Ms. O’Connell is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Fairfax Bar Association and the Prince William Bar Association. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding and spending time with her husband and two dogs.