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Attorney Debra L. Smith

Attorney Debbie Smith

Attorney Debra L. Smith, a sole practitioner, has had an office at 134 Main Street in Watertown, Massachusetts since  May 1, 1987 or for over 30 years of her 33 years of practicing law.   She has been licensed to practice law in Massachusetts since 1983 and in Colorado since 1992.  Ms. Smith is admitted to the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, the U.S. Appeals Court, First Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.  She practices in the District, Juvenile and Probate and Family courts in Eastern Massachusetts.

Attorney Smith has a bachelor of science degree from Boston University’s School of Education and a juris doctor degree from New England School of Law, now called New England Law, Boston.  She took graduate coursework in health education at the University of Maryland.  She has been trained as a Mediator as she took classes in Basic Mediation, Advanced Divorce Mediation in Massachusetts and maintains her mediation skills by attending professional meetings and the yearly Institute sponsored by Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc.  Attorney Smith has received training in Collaborative Law and maintains her skills by attending the presentations at the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Inc.’s Charles River Practice Group meetings and attending advanced trainings.


Kerry Karol, Paralegal
Kerry Karol, Paralegal

Kerry Karol  has worked for Attorney Smith as a paralegal since January 2010.  Kerry graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Sociology and received her Paralegal Certification from Suffolk University’s ABA approved Paralegal Certificate Program. Kerry was inducted into the Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society, was named the Paralegal Student of the Year during the 2010 Academic Year and awarded excellence in Legal Research & Writing.

Alison Yong has worked for Attorney Smith as a paralegal since May, 2017.  Alison graduated from Smith College with a major in English Language and Literature and a minor in Education and Child Study in May, 2013.   From August 2013 to June 2014, Alison secured a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to instruct grades 2-6 on the Taiwan-administered island of Kinmen.  She then studied Mandarin Chinese at the National Taiwan Normal University in the fall of 2014.  Beginning in January 2015, Alison taught ESL to adults at a language institute and worked her way up to become the academic and homestay coordinator as well as the coordinator of the night programs at Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals.  While she was working as a coordinator, Alison attended Suffolk University’s Applied Legal Studies Program, where she obtained her paralegal certification in January 2017.  From January 2017 to May 2017, Alison worked as an administrative assistant at a corporate immigration law firm.  Since the fall semester 2017, Alison has been studying Human Development and Psychology with a focus on Child Advocacy at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.  Alison enjoys stand up comedy, poetry, creative writing and science fiction. 

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