Heather Trostle Smith is an associate with Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC and applies her experience in multifaceted family law issues to advocate for clients in all types of divorce, support and custody cases, including those with complex financial estates and high net worth individuals. Heather’s keen ability to analyze problems and resolve conflicts, combined with her empathetic nature, enables her to successfully negotiate for her clients and work toward resolution.
Immediately prior to joining the divorce attorneys at Pollock Begg, Heather was a member of the family law firm of Gentile, Horoho & Avalli, P.C. She began her legal career in Pittsburgh concentrating in commercial matters, professional liability, personal injury law and family law with Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, a well-known commercial litigation firm, and also worked for the legal department of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.
Heather invests her free time actively participating in organizations and advancing matters within the legal community. She is a member of the Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Allegheny County Bar associations and has previously served as a member of the ACBA Family Law Section Council, co-chairing its Program and Legislative committees. Most recently, Heather was elected to the Allegheny County Bar Association Judiciary Committee. Heather has presented numerous programs to other attorneys for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pennsylvania Bar Association, National Business Institute, and ACBA on topics including: executive compensation, electronic discovery and client management.
After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in political science and English, Heather received her Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law. While attending Wake Forest, Heather earned both the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Student Award and the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers Most Outstanding Advocate Award. Heather is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.