Kia knew she wanted to be a lawyer since she was a child. She often watched legal shows and dreamed about being in the courtroom fighting for justice. Then, in college, she had the opportunity to intern at a civil rights law firm, which sealed the deal.

Kia began her legal career working in criminal law. She worked as a public defender, representing those who needed help defending themselves after an arrest. After nearly a decade of practicing criminal defense, she decided to take her passion of  helping people in need into the area of civil law.

Kia joined the Derek Smith Law Group because she wanted to help people defend their rights in the workplace. She feels that a person’s civil rights are the most important rights worth fighting for. Her extensive experience as a criminal defense attorney gives her an expertise in both client communication and trial law. She can use these skills to help her clients get the justice and compensation they deserve.

Kia loves teaching almost as much as she loves the law. Kia was a camp counselor throughout high school and college and would have likely gone into teaching if she could not go into law.


State Court(s): Florida, Washington D. C.


College: Florida A&M University, Bachelor of Science, Majoring in Public Relations

Law School: North Carolina Central University School of Law, Juris Doctorate




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