Managing Partner, Christian & Small LLP


Deborah Smith specializes in post-judgment and appellate litigation. She is a former Fellow for the American Bar Foundation, a Best Lawyer in America for appellate practice, and a seven-time top 25 woman lawyer in Alabama. Deborah also served on LCLD’s Talent Development Committee.

Christian & Small promotes diversity by encouraging attorneys to be involved in diversity activities, including minority attorneys in leadership roles, and providing funding and opportunities for minority students. The firm sees membership in LCLD as an important part of their diversity efforts. 

Joined LCLD 2010

Highlights of LCLD Participation

Fellows Program
Fellows nominated: 
2020: Christina May Bolin; 2014: Muhammad I. Abdullah; 2013: Jonathan W. Macklem; 2012: Charlie Shah; 2011: Michael Anthony Vercher

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected: 
2020: Jordan Loper

Annual Meeting (2020, 2019)


Member: Deborah Smith

Diversity Professional: Leslie C. Scarborough

Communications: Julie Ellis