Deanna S. Smith first discovered an interest in the law when she was going to school at the University of Alabama in 1996. As someone who was raised to have a concentrated work ethic, she worked her way through college paying for over half of her living expenses while studying for her undergraduate degree. It was during her time as a working full-time student that she discovered a sense of empathy and compassion for small business owners who often face business disputes and financial hardships brought on by legal battles. After graduating in 1996, Deanna decided to pursue a career in law so that she could try to help those in need of legal counsel by assisting them through these challenges without losing their business.

In 2001 Deanna graduated with honors from the St. Mary's School of Law in Texas and immediately began practicing. She eventually returned to the state of Alabama where she was appointed to the position of staff attorney for Justice Harold F. See of the Supreme Court in Alabama. Despite her distinguished career as an attorney for Justice See and building an extensive résumé as a successful litigator, Deanna still felt a desire to return to the area of commercial bankruptcy and business law so that she could focus on what originally drew her to the profession — assisting small business owners and individuals in need of counsel.

I love what I do because it allows me to help small business owners and individuals get through difficult legal challenges and return to normal life.

After carefully weighing her options, Deanna decided in 2008 to join Maples Law Firm, PC to help the firm carry out their vision -- a law firm that could provide the highest level of legal counsel and representation to clients facing difficult business disputes and financial struggles. Since 2008, Deanna has worked to help countless clients overcome a variety of different issues, from complex probate matters to commercial, appellate, and real estate litigation — all in an effort to help her clients resolve business disputes as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Now, in her tenth year at the firm, Deanna has built a proud reputation as an attorney that you can place your faith in. One that will take charge of a case, while also encouraging her clients to remain involved with proceedings to help move cases toward a fast and fair resolution. Deanna loves her work and remains committed to not only helping her clients, but setting an example for her three children that helping others in need can be one of life's most rewarding experiences.

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2001
  • Alabama, 2002
  • The U.S. District Court - Northern District of Alabama, 2005
  • The U.S. District Court - Middle District of Alabama, 2006


  • B.S. - The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1996
  • J.D. - St Mary’s University School of Law, 2001

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Alabama State Bar Association
  • Madison County Bar Association

Pro Bono Activities

  • Madison County VolunteerLawyerss Program
  • Monto Sano Elementary PTA Executive Board
  • Junior League of Huntsville