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Kaitlin Goddard

Senior Associate
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“Talent is good. Practice is better. Passion is best." - Frank Lloyd Wright


Early Life & Education

Kaitlin was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and attended Lake Highlands High School. It was in high school that Kaitlin became passionate about social issues and using her voice to advocate for others.

After high school, Kaitlin attended the University of Oklahoma where she studied sociology and criminology. She was on the dean’s list three years in a row and was inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta sociology honors club. She also participated in the Dean’s Advisory Committee and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. In 2013, she received her Bachelors of Arts in sociology and graduated with distinction.

Legal Training

While studying sociology and criminology in college, Kaitlin became fascinated with the legal system and decided to apply for law school. In August of 2013, Kaitlin moved to Malibu, California where she completed her first year of law school at Pepperdine University School of Law with a focus in entertainment law. After deciding entertainment law did not fuel her passion to advocate for others, Kaitlin decided to finish her last two years of law school at the University of Houston Law Center where she focused on probate and estate law as well as tort law.

While a student at the University of Houston Law Center, Kaitlin was a member of the Student Bar Association, the Association of Women in Law, and a student member of the American Bar Association. During her two years at the University of Houston, Kaitlin worked alongside a board certified probate and estate planning attorney. Through this position, Kaitlin was able to gain hands on experience handling cases of different types and it was then that she decided working in the probate field and elder law field was her calling.

Career at Smith Clinesmith LLP

Upon receiving her Juris Doctor, Kaitlin returned home to Dallas and began working for the Smith Clinesmith LLP in August of 2016. During her time at the Smith Clinesmith LLP Kaitlin has been able to handle a large variety of cases and enjoys assisting clients seek justice for their loved ones that have been injured or neglected at the hands of corporate health care providers. Kaitlin is the Senior Associate Attorney that oversees the Probate and Estate department of the Smith Clinesmith LLP and enjoys passionately advocating for her clients and their families.

  • J.D. University of Houston Law Center - Graduate School
  • B.A. in Sociology with a focus in Criminology University of Oklahoma - Undergraduate School
  • State Bar of Texas 2017
  • Best Lawyer's 40 under 40
    Best Lawyer's 40 under 40
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