NANCI A. SMITH, ESQ

Nanci has been practicing law since 1992. She started her practice in busy litigation firms in Montpelier & Rutland, Vermont with a focus on Civil and Criminal Litigation and Family Law.  She also worked at Vermont Legal Aid, Inc. representing victims of domestic violence and people with psychiatric diagnoses in mental health civil commitment proceedings. Nanci began her solo private practice in 2005 and works exclusively in the area of Family Law. She is a member of the Vermont Bar Association and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She has received advanced training in and practices Collaborative Divorce, mediation and litigation in Vermont Family Court.  She is also licensed in the state of New York.

Nanci is a regular instructor for the Vermont Bar Association, the National Business Institute on Family Law matters, and teaches the Pro Se Education Course at the Superior Court of Vermont, Washington Family Division.  She is the  Past-President of the Board of Trustees for Vermont Legal Aid, Inc. and Legal Services of Vermont. She is the Chair of the Vermont Bar Association Collaborative Section and a member of the Collaborative Practice Vermont, an Interdisciplinary Practice Group. Nanci represents children as counsel or as their court appointed Guardian Ad Litem upon request of the court. She is divorced, has a lovely daughter in college and an office Maltese, named Louie.

EDUCATION

Juris Doctorate, 1992 – VT Law School, S. Royalton, VT
Master in the Study of Environmental Law, 1992 – VT Law School, S. Royalton, VT
Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, 1988 – University of California, San Diego, CA

CLASSES, SEMINARS AND PRESENTATION

Nanci teaches seminars on Family Law practice and has been a guest lecturer with the Vermont Bar Association and the National Business Institute since 2007.

Some of her presentations have included:

Collaborative Divorce – 2017, 2018, 2019 

Legal Ethics:  Hot Topics and Current Events – June 2015

The Use of Mental Health Experts in Family & Collaborative Law – September 2014 

Legal Ethics and Professionalism for Everyday Practice – June 2013

Your Family Law Practice in the 21st Century- May 2011

Divorce Law Guide From A-Z – May 2010

Parental Rights From A-Z – January 2010

Family Law Litigation – September 2008

Advanced Family Law – May 2008

Child Custody and Shared Parenting – June 2007

SPECIALIZED TRAINING

Basic Collaborative and Advanced Divorce practice training

2007 to 2019

 

Certificate in Negotiating, Collaborating & Leading in Today’s World

Woodstock Institute for Negotiation

May 2010

 

Certificate in Mediation

Woodbury College, Woodbury, VT

2001, 2017

MEDIA APPEARANCES

What Are the Qualities of a Good Divorce Lawyer? on attorney Rebecca Zung's website.

How to Have a Good Divorce on Vermont Public Radio, Vermont Edition.

Nanci explains how Collaborative Divorce can help you work through divorce more easily. 

(February 25, 2020)

PUBLICATIONS

Nanci is a published contributing author in the following books and Journals:

*All information displayed on the Nanci A. Smith Esq PLLC website is informational and shall not be deemed as legal advice. If you’re currently dealing with an individual legal situation, you’re invited to contact me through email or by phone. Until an attorney-client relationship has been established, I urge that you avoid sharing any confidential information.