Early Life & Education
Trudy grew up in the small town of Idabel, Oklahoma, and graduated from The University of Oklahoma in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Public Administration with a Minor in Philosophy. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Trudy was the recipient of the Will Rogers Scholarship, active in the Chi Omega Sorority, and served on the Panhellenic Council. She subsequently earned a Master’s Degree in Regional and City Planning from the University of Oklahoma. Trudy chose to address the problems inherent in environmental regulations on Indian lands for her thesis topic.
Trudy later moved to Nashville, Tennessee where she served as a volunteer and board member for several organizations, including the Junior League of Nashville, an organization that helps women and young children in the Nashville community. Trudy continues to be a sustaining member of the Junior League. Trudy has also served on the board of directors for the League for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and also served as the Chairman for several events raising funds for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Trudy’s roots may be in Oklahoma but her heart will always be in Texas. Trudy is proud of her niece who is a liver transplant coordinator at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas and her nephew who enjoys working at Magnolia Table in Waco, Texas.
While in law school at the Nashville School of Law, Trudy enjoyed helping victims and gained valuable skills interning for the Office of the District Attorney General in Nashville. Trudy took her last final exam in law school the day after she tried and won her first jury trial in Davidson County Criminal Court. Trudy’s passion to serve others continued when she interned for the Honorable Jerry Smith, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. Trudy conducted legal research and assisted in writing appellate opinions for the Court and the Honorable Judge Smith. Trudy was also honored to work as a law clerk for the Honorable Hamilton Gayden, Davidson Circuit Court during law school.
After Trudy graduated from the Nashville School of Law in 1999, Trudy started her career working as an assistant public defender for the 21st Judicial District. During her career as a public defender, Trudy tried several jury trials and represented clients before the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. After her work as a public defender, Trudy established her own law firm. Throughout her twenty (20) year career as a general practitioner, Trudy has successfully appeared before the Tennessee Supreme Court, the Tennessee Court of Appeals, and the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. Trudy has represented hundreds of Tennesseans throughout middle Tennessee in both complex civil and criminal matters and tried several cases in Juvenile, Circuit, and Chancery Courts. Trudy has also represented nurses before the Tennessee Nursing Board and volunteered her time to represent women in need of an order of protection.
Trudy presently sits on the board for the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association and has effectively lobbied for changes in Tennessee law. Trudy has previously served on the board of the Tennessee Women’s Political Collaborative and has worked on various Davidson County Bar committees.
Career at The Smith Clinesmith Firm
Trudy began working with the Smith Clinesmith Firm in 2017 assisting Dawn Smith, Esq. and Curtis Smith Clinesmith, Esq. in various civil matters in Tennessee including nursing home negligence cases.