Natasha Taylor-Smith

Assistant Federal Defender

Following graduation from law school, Natasha Taylor-Smith worked as a trial attorney at the Defender Association of Philadelphia representing indigent clients in criminal matters in Philadelphia County. She successfully litigated almost one hundred jury trials and hundreds of misdemeanor and juvenile matters. In 2003, she began her own firm, focusing on criminal, family and personal injury law and was awarded the Pro Bono Honor Roll Award in successive years by the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania.

After eight years in private practice, Ms. Taylor-Smith returned to public service. As an Assistant County Solicitor, she represented most of the Montgomery County Human Services Cabinet, as well as the Montgomery County Transportation Authority, Assets and Infrastructure, and Montgomery County Magisterial District Courts. She joined the Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in September of 2017. Ms. Taylor Smith is the office’s coordinating defense attorney for the Relapse Prevention Court for the United States District Court for Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

In addition to her role as a trial attorney in this office, Ms. Taylor-Smith is also adjunct faculty in the trial advocacy program at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University. She is a member of the Federal Law Committee for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Barrister’s Association, and the National Bar Association’s Women’s Law Division. She is a graduate of Central High School in Philadelphia and a summa cum laude graduate of Hampton University in Virginia, where she participated in Army R.O.T.C. Ms. Taylor-Smith received her J.D. from Temple University School of Law, where she was awarded the Barrister's Award and the award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy.