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About Stephanie C. Smith

Stephanie C. Smith is a Shareholder in the law firm of Midgett Preti Olansen. Her practice areas include estate planning, estate and trust administration, and business matters. Additionally, Ms. Smith serves as a Commissioner of Accounts for Virginia Beach Circuit Court. In her role as Commissioner of Accounts, Ms. Smith supervises fiduciaries and audits accountings and other filings by administrators and executors of estates, trustees of trusts, guardians and conservators for minor children or incapacitated adults, and foreclosure trustees.

Ms. Smith has been named as one of the Top Women in the Law in the category of Corporate Governance Law. She has also been named to the Virginia Super Lawyers magazine “Super Lawyers” list, limited to no more than 5% of Virginia attorneys, in the category of Business/Corporate each year, and included as a “Best Lawyer” in the Best Lawyers in America publication, numerous times. Ms. Smith has also been included in Virginia Business Legal Elite in the category of Taxes/Estates/Trusts, and was profiled in the December, 2023 edition. She has further been recognized as a Top Lawyer in Coastal Virginia magazine for several years.

Ms. Smith’s previous law firm, Stephanie C. Smith, PC, was also included in the Best Lawyers in America publication as one of the Best Law Firms. She has been named by Super Lawyers magazine as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Virginia, Top 100 Lawyers in Virginia, Top 25 Women Attorneys in Virginia, and as a Rising Star. Additionally, the Virginia Beach Legal Staff Association chose Ms. Smith as Boss of the Year. Ms. Smith has held an AV preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating given by the preeminent directory of legal professionals, for more than a decade.

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Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia


  • University of California at Los Angeles, J.D.
  • University of Virginia, B.A.

Court Admissions

  • Virginia State Bar
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Virginia

Honors & Awards

  • AV® Preeminent ™ Peer Review Rating by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
  • Accredited Estate Planner®, National Association of Estate Planners & Councils
  • Virginia “Super Lawyer”; Top 50: Women Virginia Super Lawyers; Top 100: Virginia Super Lawyers; Top 25: Women Virginia Super Lawyers; and Super Lawyer, Virginia Rising Star
  • The Best Lawyers in America®
  • Stephanie C. Smith, PC, included in The Best Lawyers in America®, as a Best Law Firm
  • “Top Lawyers”, Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • Virginia Beach Legal Staff Association Boss of the Year
  • Top Women in Law, Virginia, Corporate Governance Law


  • Virginia Conference of Commissioners of Accounts, Board of Directors and Member
  • Virginia Supreme Court Standing Committee on Commissioners of Accounts, Member
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Hampton Roads Estate Planning Council

Community Involvement

  • Dollar Bank, Virginia Board of Advisors, former member
  • Bank @lantec Board of Directors, former member
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association, Seatack Elementary School Mentoring Program, Mentor
  • YWCA Board of Directors, former Member and Secretary
  • Virginia Beach Task Force on Aging, Board of Directors, former Officer and Member
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