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Jacki Smith

Lambert Zainey Smith & Soso, PLC
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Jacki Smith
Lambert Zainey Smith & Soso, PLC
New Orleans,

Jacki Smith is a partner at The Lambert Firm practicing in the areas of maritime litigation / Jones Act cases, maintenance and cure issues, vessel collisions and allisions, wrongful death, general personal injury, and LHWCA matters. Jacki hails from Patterson, Louisiana in St. Mary Parish, where her interest in the marine/offshore industry developed at an early age, due to her family’s connection to the industry. Her late grandfather was employed to supervise the first big-inch pipeline installed offshore, which began a long string of “firsts” that he developed and pioneered during his 40 years in the diving business, including being the first civilian diver certified by the Navy to “wet-weld,” pioneering the use of “lock out” submarines and later, the first ROVs in the Gulf of Mexico, and managing the first underwater radiography equipment and pipeline repair procedures. Today, Jacki advocates for commercial divers and other seamen in maritime personal injury litigation.

Jacki joined The Lambert Firm in 2013 after receiving her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a concentration in Management and Finance from Louisiana State University in 2008.

She is admitted to practice in all Louisiana State Courts, United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana, The United States Court of Federal Claims, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Jacki is a member of the New Orleans Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, Louisiana Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, the Association for Women Attorneys, and Public Justice. Jacki has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star (2019).

In addition to her law practice, Jacki is also enthusiastic and passionate about children/early childhood development and serves on the Board of Directors of the McMains Children’s Developmental Center, a facility that provides therapeutic services for children with disabilities and/or delays.


Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana

J.D. – 2012

Louisiana State University

B.S. – 2008

Honors: Dean’s List

Major: Business Administration – Human Resource Management



United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana

United States Court of Federal Claims

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


Florida, Missouri, Texas


New Orleans Bar Association

Louisiana State Bar Association

American Bar Association

Association for Women Attorneys

Louisiana Association for Justice

Public Justice

Federal Bar Association


Super Lawyers Rising Stars: 2019 – 2021

National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40

Sigma Iota Epsilon National Honorary and Professional Management Fraternity

The Society for Human Resource Management


Phi Alpha Delta

Real Estate Law Society


“Attorney Wellness: Tips for Managing Stress and Navigating the “New Normal” Imposed by the Pandemic”, LAJ Last Chance CLE, December 10, 2020

“First Time for Everything”, New Orleans Bar Association, Procrastinator’s Programs, December 11, 2019

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