Mary Katherine Smith is a litigation associate in Baker Donelson’s Memphis office. As a member of the Advocacy Department, Ms. Smith assists clients in general business-related litigation matters.
The University of Memphis, Cecil H. Humphreys School of Law, J.D., 2016, summa cum laude
Mississippi State University, B.S. in Psychology, 2013, summa cum laude
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, 2017
Assisted in representing a client in a three-day jury trial in a breach of contract action arising out of a lease dispute; obtained a unanimous jury verdict in favor of the client, which resulted in a global settlement of nine related cases and a settlement amount of more than $1 million for the client.
Defended a pharmaceutical company in a product liability lawsuit alleging that prescription medication manufactured by the company was inadequately labeled; obtained dismissal of the lawsuit on a motion to dismiss.
Obtained dismissal of a financial institution from a lawsuit alleging breach of contract and fraud arising out of a mortgage transaction on a motion to dismiss; successfully defended dismissal of the lawsuit on appeal.
Defended a grocery store in a product liability lawsuit alleging that food purchased from the store was improperly labeled, causing the minor plaintiff to have a severe allergic reaction.
Successfully appealed an action brought by a newspaper seeking access to application materials in the possession of a nonprofit professional association under the Tennessee Public Records Act, obtaining reversal on appeal.
Professional Honors & Activities:
Named an Attorney for Justice by the Tennessee Supreme Court (2018)