Jessica E. Smith

Top rated family law attorney in Hershey, Pennsylvania

James, Smith, Dietterick & Connelly LLP
Jessica E. Smith
James, Smith, Dietterick & Connelly LLP

Practice Areas: Family law; view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 2008

Education: American University Washington College of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2019 - 2023

James, Smith, Dietterick & Connelly LLP

11 East Chocolate Avenue
Suite 300
Hershey, PA 17033 Visit website


Jessica E. Smith is an attorney with the James, Smith, Dietterick & Connelly LLP law firm, which has law offices in Hershey and Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. A top-rated lawyer with more than 11 years of legal experience, Ms. Smith focuses her practice solely on family law. She provides invaluable representation to clients across Central Pennsylvania who are going through a divorce and need help achieving the favorable outcomes they seek for their legal issues involving child custody and support, property division, alimony, and other related matters.

Along with handling all aspects of divorce, Ms. Smith also provides much-needed guidance and support to families seeking to adopt, and she has extensive experience handling matters such as grandparents' rights, relocations and visitation plans, juvenile dependency, and termination of parental rights and as well as helping domestic violence victims secure the protections they need against their abusers.

No matter the issues her clients are facing or the complexity of their needs and goals, Ms. Smith delivers highly personalized counsel to help them make the best-informed decisions and increase their chances of success. She is also well-versed in mediation and collaborative law to help her clients resolve their conflicts and reach agreements without having to resort to costly and stressful court battles.

Although originally from Harrisburg where she currently resides, Ms. Smith received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She then attended the American University Washington College of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 2008. Along with practicing before all Pennsylvania state courts, she is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Active in her legal community, Ms. Smith is a member of the Dauphin County Bar Association and former secretary and social chair of the organization's Young Lawyers Division. She is also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Collaborative Professionals of Central Pennsylvania, where she has served as membership coordinator.

Committed to her local community as well, Ms. Smith is board member of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Central Pennsylvania Chapter, and she is the past president of the Junior League of Harrisburg. She is also highly active with her local YMCA and its Domestic Violence Legal Center.


Practice areas

Family law

Focus areas

Adoption, Child support, Custody & visitation, Divorce, Name change

  • 100% Family law

First Admitted: 2008, Pennsylvania

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Assistant Solicitor for Dauphin County Children and Youth
  • YWCA of Greater Harrisburg Junior Board member, 2010-11
  • Keystone Mothers of Multiples (KMOM)
  • Committee member for the Pursuit of Justice Purse Auction benefiting the YWCA’s Domestic Violence Legal Center
  • Sustainer member and Past-President of the Junior League of Harrisburg
  • Board member of the Central Pennsylvania chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • William W. Lipsitt American Inn of Court, 2013-15
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Dauphin County Bar Association, 2017: Young Lawyers Division Secretary; 2016: Young Lawyers Division Social Chair
  • Collaborative Professionals of Central Pennsylvania, 2016-17: Membership Coordinator
  • Admitted to practice in the U.S. District court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Admitted to practice in all Pennsylvania state courts
  • SuperLawyer in Family Law for 2019
Educational Background:
  • Central Dauphin High School, Harrisburg, PA, class of 2001
  • Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, Bachelor of Arts in political science, 2005

Office location for Jessica E. Smith

11 East Chocolate Avenue
Suite 300
Hershey, PA 17033

Phone: 717-298-2100


5 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2019 - 2023

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