Amanda Kurz Smith: Lawyer with Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith A Professional Law Corporation

Amanda Kurz Smith

Amanda joined the firm in 2009 and primarily practices admiralty and maritime law, general casualty defense including employer’s liability, oil and gas law, and commercial litigation for both Plaintiffs and Defendants. Amanda graduated cum laude from Texas State University at San Marcos with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 2004. She then went on to attend law school at South Texas College of Law, where she graduated in 2008. Outside of the office, Amanda enjoys watching Louisiana State University football games, Saints football games, and spending time with her friends and family.
Phone(713) 599-0700

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Practice Areas

  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Energy
  • Insurance Defense
  • Workers Compensation
  • Employers Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Oil & Gas
Contact InfoTelephone: (713) 599-0700
Fax: (713) 599-0777
University Texas State University at San Marcos, Bachelor of Science, cum laude, 2004
Law SchoolSouth Texas College of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, cum laude, 2008
Admitted2008, Texas

Professional Associations

Houston Bar Association

Houston Young Lawyers Association

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Breeders Greeters Committee


“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” - S.Prefontaine While Amanda has practiced in several areas of litigation, her primary focus centers on defense litigation representing clients in healthcare liability claims, claims under the United States Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, and cases arising under the Jones Act and general maritime law. Amanda has assisted in the successful representation of one of the world's largest platform and land rig companies in a multi-million dollar complex commercial litigation dispute. Amanda has also assisted in obtaining an affirmation from the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in less than one week following oral argument of the matter.

Amanda has twice been recognized as a top up-and-coming attorney in the state of Texas in 2014 and 2015 when she was named a Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Star.” Compiled through peer nomination and research, only two percent of attorneys in Texas under 40-years old receive this distinction.

Since joining the Firm out of law school, Amanda has learned a set of skills that serve the firm's clients well from the inception of a case through trial. She has developed an approach that balances both an aggressive defense of the underlying litigation while maintaining the client's interests of providing a cost-effective approach to litigation. She understands that in order to succeed, communication with the client is key to achieving favorable results.

In her free time, Amanda enjoys watching Louisiana State University and Saints football games, attending baseball games, and reading. Amanda also enjoys spending time with her husband, Ryan, daughter, Charlotte, and rescue dog, Magnolia.

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Amanda Kurz Smith

1301 McKinney Street, Suite 1400
HoustonTX 77010


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