Cheryl Watson Smith, Esq. has been in the private practice of law in Roanoke, Virginia since 1988. Ms. Smith is a 1983 graduate from the University of Virginia and a 1988 graduate from the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law where she was a member of the University of Richmond Law Review and Co-Chair of the Client Counseling and Negotiation Board.

Ms. Smith trained in 2004 as a Collaborative Family Law attorney and in 2008 completed the Collaborative Divorce Team Training. She is a Collaborative Process trainer with the Collaborative Practice Training Institute (CPTI). Since 2009, Ms. Smith has been named, by her peers, as a Collaborative Lawyer in the Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine. Ms. Smith is a founding member of the Virginia Collaborative Professionals (VaCP) and the Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Roanoke (CDPR), and is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).

Ms. Smith is a Mediator certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia since 1995 and accepts mediation cases by private and court referral. Ms. Smith serves as a volunteer mediator at the Conflict Resolution Center.

Ms. Smith is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and serves on the Virginia Collaborative Professionals Council and the Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Roanoke Board. She previously served on the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section Board of Governors, the Virginia Bar Association Domestic Relations Section Council and the Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee and Council. Ms. Smith is a past president of the Roanoke Valley Family Law Attorneys Association. She serves as a member of the Virginia State Bar Special Committee on Resolution of Fee Disputes.

Professional & Bar Association Memberships:
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Virginia State Bar (Family Law Section)
Virginia Bar Association (Family Law, Joint ADR Sections)
Roanoke City Bar Association

Collaborative Practice Associations Memberships:
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
Virginia Collaborative Professionals (VaCP)
Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Roanoke (CDPR)

Community Involvement:
Ms. Smith is an active member of Mountain View Baptist Church. She serves on the local Special Education Advisory Council for Roanoke County. Ms. Smith volunteers at the Conflict Resolution Center as a mediator. She is a member of the Mental Health America of Roanoke Valley and previously served on its board, and as a member of the Local Human Rights Committee of Catawba Hospital. Ms. Smith is a trustee of the Haymakertown Cemetery. Ms. Smith supports Public Radio, her local rescue and fire, St. Francis Service Dogs, Healing Strides of VA, Challenger Little League Baseball (District 12), and Salem Young Life: Capernaum Club.

Personal:
Ms. Smith is the mother of two young adults. As mother of a child with a catastrophic traumatic brain injury and a child with a traumatic brain injury and an incomplete spinal cord injury from a 2005 automobile accident, Ms. Smith is learning first-hand what it means in Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Ms. Smith's paths now include using her legal, Collaborative and mediation skills and training to navigate medical, legal, and educational systems to locate resources and services for her children and others who have been injured.