Courtney Hamer Smith | Family Law Attorney in Charlotte

Courtney Hamer Smith

Family Law Attorney & Board Certified Specialist in Family Law


JD, Florida Coastal School of Law, 2007
BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003


Bar Admissions:

North Carolina, 2008




  • Practice Philosophy
  • Honors
  • Memberships & Affiliations
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Publications

“I am fortunate to have a job I love. Family law is a passion for me because I love working directly with people. Early on, I knew that practicing in an area of the law that was impersonal and abstract was not for me, so I was naturally drawn to family law. Since I began practicing family law a few years ago, I have grown to really appreciate and value the human interaction that comes with it.

Helping people accomplish their goals through the legal system gives me a sense of pride. Every client I see has a unique situation, a goal or goals they hope to accomplish. My clients have come to me seeking guidance and representation through the process. I try to give my clients realistic expectations, instead of just telling them what I think they want to hear. Working together with my clients, valuing their input and perspective, makes the process a collaboration between lawyer and client.

What are your goals and how can I help you accomplish them?”

  • Included in The Best Lawyers® 2017, for Family Law 
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers "Rising Star," 2017
  • Business North Carolina magazine's Legal Elite in Family Law, 2015-2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award, 2014
  • Charlotte Collaborative Divorce Professionals: Member, 2013-present; Executive Committee Member (2016-present)
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Young Lawyer Division; Family Law Section Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Safe Alliance: Legal Representation Project, Volunteer Attorney
  • Women's Lawyers of Charlotte
  • Council for Children's Rights: Custody Advocacy Program, Volunteer Attorney (2016-present)
  • UNC General Alumni Association, Charlotte Carolina Club
  • “Family & Matrimonial Law in the 21st Century,” LawReviewCLE Seminar, Charlotte, NC, March 28, 2013
  • Family Law Clinic, Guest Lecturer, Mecklenburg County Women’s Commission, 2012-present