Arianna Smith

Arianna Smith

Phone: 214-220-1220
Fax: 214-220-2770

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Personal and Powerful

Arianna is a civil litigator and family lawyer with a broad-based practice who is motivated, first and foremost, by the prospect of making her client whole.

In one memorable case, she represented a client who, because the Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board denied him the ability to appeal the revocation of his Texas appraiser license, lost his livelihood of more than twenty years. Arianna’s creative legal argument prompted the Board to grant the appeal and ultimately reinstate the license — thereby allowing the client to once again make a living in his chosen field.

More Than Just a Lawyer

In addition to her legal work, Arianna volunteers with the Marbridge Foundation, a residential community that offers lifetime care to adults with a wide range of cognitive disabilities. She also provides pro bono services for the Texas Civil Rights Project, which includes advocating for disability rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Arianna was inspired to become a lawyer by her stepfather, who recently passed away. An attorney for more than forty years, her stepfather gave Arianna the courage to accomplish her goals and be a champion for her clients. Shortly after her stepfather died, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and Arianna faced the difficult challenge of helping her mother navigate both her grief and chemotherapy at the same time, all during the earliest stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

That experience not only strengthened Arianna’s own resolve on behalf of her clients, but it also reinforced her commitment to treasure time with her family.

Traditional yet Innovative

All of the attorneys at Brousseau Naftis & Massingill believe there is power in words. Words, proverbs, sayings, and quotations have the power to connect the present to the past. The words and sayings that each attorney holds onto are meaningful in shaping the firm’s culture and philosophies.

Arianna’s favorite quote is, “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” Arianna knows all too well that life is short, and it can change on a dime. So, she cherishes time with her family and friends, taking long walks with her dog Margo, and binge-reading thrillers. She also brings that same sense of urgency to her work, knowing that for her clients, the resolution of a “small legal matter” can mean getting their life back.

Educational Background

J.D., Baylor Law School, Waco, Texas, 2015

University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, 2012

Oxford University Study Abroad Programme, 2012

Legal Experience

Attorney, Brousseau Naftis & Massingill, P.C. Dallas, Texas

Attorney, Fritz, Byrne, Head & Gilstrap, PLLC Austin, Texas

Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT), Austin, Texas

Bar Admissions

Admitted to Practice Law, Texas Supreme Court, 2016

Professional Associations

Member, State Bar of Texas

Barbara Jordan American Inn of Court

Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association, Board of Directors

Civic Activities

Texas Civil Rights Project
-Attorney Task Force, Voting Rights

Emerging Leaders of Marbridge
-Membership Chair

Marbridge Foundation Mentoring Program
-Mentor