Gabriela is the Managing Attorney of the Gabriela Noemi Smith Law Firm, PLLC located in the Dallas area.   She has experience working with a broad spectrum of corporate clients, from family-owned companies to Fortune 500 companies, to achieve the client’s goals with utmost efficiency and professionalism. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Gabriela has experience representing companies in a variety of international contractual and regulatory matters.  She enjoys counseling clients in matters where culture and business collide, and where her bilingual and bicultural skills can be an additional asset to her clients.

Representative Experience

Representation of Latin American software company and its expansion to the United States market, counseling the client in connection with formation of legal entity, regulatory matters, and general business law and contractual issues.

Acted as outside U.S. general counsel to an international software company, assisting the company with all of its contractual needs, including drafting, revising, and editing the company’s contracts.

Assisted in the representation of a global technology company in the analysis of foreign language company data in connection with an internal investigation.

Counseled a U.S.-based outsourcing company in connection with regulatory aspects of international data transfers.

Representation of Latin American executive in analysis and review of international employment agreement.

Representation of Latin American client in connection with contract negotiations and contract analysis of a purchase/sale agreement involving parties in Asia and the Americas.

Assisted in the representation of a litigation trustee in complex securities claims in a multidistrict litigation matter arising from the alleged fraud of an India-based technology company.

Representation of global company in government investigation regarding international and U.S.-based marketing and sales practices, assuming role in international aspects of the representation.

Counseled a U.S.-based company in regulatory aspects and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in connection with international sales and distribution agreement.

Additional Experience

Gabriela started her career as an associate at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, where she represented clients, among other cases, in high profile federal court litigation (including multidistrict litigation), taking and defending depositions, and arguing motions in court.  She also counseled clients in connection with cross-border agreements and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  At Stradley Ronon, Gabriela was a founding member of the firm’s Spain and Latin America Practice Group, dedicated to serving clients involved in the U.S. and Latin America.

Gabriela also worked as Project Counsel to several companies, assisting them in projects involving analysis of international company data, negotiation of international contracts, and regulatory aspects of doing business abroad.

Academic Credentials

Gabriela graduated summa cum laude from Widener University School of Law, ranking in the Top 2% of her class (4/273).   While in law school, Gabriela was Senior Editor of the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law and obtained a number of achievements, including being Vice President of the Latin American Law Student Association and achieving Honors in various courses.   At Widener Law, Gabriela was the recipient of the “Dean’s Award,” which is awarded to the graduating student who demonstrated “outstanding legal aptitude, exemplary service, significant leadership skills, and the potential to become an outstanding member of the legal community.”

Prior to law school, Gabriela obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, graduating summa cum laude from California State University—Bakersfield.  At Cal-State, Gabriela was a recipient of the Hispanic Excellence Scholarship and was elected “Outstanding Graduating Senior” in Political Science.  Gabriela also completed one year of law school coursework at Universidad Catolica Boliviana in Cochabamba, Bolivia, completing numerous civil law foundational courses.

About Gabriela

Gabriela’s passion for international legal work stems from her personal background and experiences in several countries.  She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she lived until her early teen years.  During most of her teenage years she lived in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where she graduated from Tiquipaya High School and completed three semesters at the law program of Universidad Catolica Boliviana in Cochabamba.  In 2001, Gabriela moved to the U.S. and completed her higher education.

Gabriela is fluent in Spanish and is conversant in Portuguese.  She is an active member in the community, and enjoys volunteering at Gateway Church in Frisco, Texas.

Bar Admissions

Texas
Pennsylvania

Languages

English
Spanish
Portuguese

Court Admissions

Supreme Court of Texas
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Education

Juris Doctor, summa cum laude
Widener University School of Law, 2008
B.A. Political Science, summa cum laude, California State University-Bakersfield, 2004

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Memberships

Member, Advisory Committee, International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
Member, International Concierge Committee of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce
Member, Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Member, Metroplex Technology Business Council