Stephanie M. Smith - A Cordell & Cordell Columbia Divorce Attorney

Stephanie M. Smith

Litigation Attorney

Columbia divorce attorney Stephanie M. SmithColumbia divorce attorney Stephanie M. Smith not only considers family law a career, but she sees it as her calling.

As a child, she was presented with many obstacles and adversity.

“I am fortunate to have overcome those trials, and now I am honored to be an advocate for people in times of confusion and fear,” Ms. Smith said. “I did not have that support, and I believe it is now my duty to make sure others do.”

Ms. Smith is a resourceful divorce lawyer. She is deeply involved in the community and has a wide variety of contacts and a broad network, which has proven time and time again to be useful in facilitating productive negotiations, obtaining settlements, gaining and maintaining trust with key players in any case, finding solutions to issues, and obtaining important information they may otherwise find difficult to find.

More than anything, Ms. Smith is passionate about serving people. She does not look at what she does as a job, but believes it to be a privilege.

“It does not matter how complex or simple the tasks of a case are, they are all important to me, and I give it everything I have,” she said. “I had to work very hard to be where I am today, and statistics say I should not be. I am humbled to be an outlier, and now every day, every case, every issue, is just another opportunity for me to live the dream.”

There is a saying Ms. Smith uses when talking to a client about what needs to be done to achieve desired results.

“I do not have to, I get to,” she said. “I get to do what I love. I get to make a difference. I get to fight for you.”

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Smith is licensed to practice in South Carolina.


Ms. Smith received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from UNC Wilmington. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell and Cordell, Ms. Smith practiced family law with a concentration in abuse and neglect of children and vulnerable adults (DSS).


  • South Carolina Bar Association, 2016
  • Young Lawyers Division, 2016
  • Make-A-Wish Committee, 2018
  • Families Forever Committee, 2016
  • Voices Against Violence Committee, 2016
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 2011


"Everything has been great.  Stephanie and her staff has been outstanding up until this point. She has been very helpful."
"​Stephanie has been a world of help to me and has my best interest at heart. Everything has gone very smooth. When I am worried about something Stephanie helps me to see what has been done, what she is working on and lets me know what is next. I feel very confident knowing the Firm is behind her and she passes that on to me. I do not wish this experience on anyone but I am comforted knowing that I have help.​"

"​Stephanie and her team did an outstanding job! I felt like we were up against a wall, and she managed to punch right through it."

​"Stephanie has been open and honest with all her communication about my case and possible outcomes. She's quick to respond to inquires and never leaves me guessing as to what she means, she's clear and concise. Stephanie is the attorney I wish I had when I finalized my divorce nearly 3 years ago. She's amazing, I truly cannot say enough wonderful things about her. Shes honest, open, concise, detailed and more importantly I feel like she cares about me, my case and my 2 sons."
"Stephanie prepares paperwork ahead of time already signed and she is way prepared.  She explains everything from beginning to end so there are no surprises in court."