Heather Trostle Smith is a partner with Pollock Begg 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.
Heather began her legal career in Pittsburgh concentrating in commercial matters, professional liability and personal injury and family law with a well-known commercial litigation firm. This solid background in litigation has provided Heather with the skills to address even the most complex of cases.
Heather is a member of the Pennsylvania 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. She serves on the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section Council and is a former member of the Allegheny County Bar Association Judiciary Committee. She has presented numerous educational programs to other attorneys for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pennsylvania Bar Association, National Business Institute, and ACBA.
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. Heather is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Heather was named to both Best Lawyers in America and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for 2020 and was recognized on the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars list from 2014-2018.
She was elected to a three-year term on the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Judiciary Committee in 2020 and previously served on the committee as well.
Heather is a leader in continuing education for attorneys. She has presented programs on shareholder rights and other family law business issues for the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section. She also has advised fellow attorneys on the topics of marital settlement agreements, executive compensation, electronic discovery and client management for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, National Business Institute and Allegheny County Bar Association.
While attending Wake Forest University School of Law, 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 actively participates in organizations that work to advance the legal community. A firm believer in giving back, she also volunteers on pro bono protection from abuse cases and pro se motions and with the Uptown Legal Clinic and Neighborhood Legal Services.
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When I’m not working, it’s all about home and family. I enjoy spending time with my husband and our four children; home renovation and design are passions of mine. I also like to relax by traveling, reading and savoring good food.