Meet the Smith Family Law Team

Christian Smith, Founding Owner and Trial Attorney

Founding Owner and Trial Attorney

Christian Smith

Christian Smith is the founding owner and trial attorney of Smith Family Law, PLLC.  She is a well-known Austin area trial attorney with a focus on complex family law disputes. She is known for her litigation skills, her knowledge of the law, and her client-focused approach. She welcomes challenging and difficult cases that other attorneys turn down. Christian runs a tight ship and maintains a standard of excellence by remaining detail-oriented,  setting clear expectations and leading her team by example which is evident in her work product and client outcomes. 

Christian graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston and went on to study law at South Texas College of Law Houston. She is the recipient of many awards including Austin Monthly’s 2023 Top Attorney Award 2023 and 2024 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star Award (only 2.5% of Texas attorneys receive this distinction), 2019 National Association of Family Law Attorneys Top 10 under 40 Award, the 2019 Avvo Clients’ Choice Award, the 2017 Emerging Leader Award and the Harry L. Reid Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law Award. She is also a recipient of CALI Awards in Texas Family Law, Texas Oil and Gas Law, Legal Research and Writing, and Education Law Writing Seminar.

Christian lives in Austin with her wife and children. When not advocating for her clients, she enjoys hiking the greenbelt, live music, and traveling.



Diego Cervantes

Diego is an associate attorney at Smith Family Law.

Diego is originally from Celaya, Guanajuato in Mexico, but he grew up in Spring, Texas and has lived in Austin since moving here for law school in 2015. He attended the University of Texas School of Law on a full scholarship and received a graduating student award for the pro bono work he did as a student.

During his time as an immigration attorney, he noticed a significant lack of Spanish-speaking family law attorneys, so he decided to address that himself and started working for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. He represented victims of domestic abuse in custody and divorce cases, mainly taking cases from a women’s center in central Texas.

Diego is driven to solve problems, no matter how complicated a case can get. Diego’s goal is to help his clients and their families move forward on the healthiest terms possible. 

Nikki Chapa


Nikki Chapa

Nikki is an associate attorney at Smith Family Law. She is an original Austinite who pursued her bachelor’s degree in Political Science while competing as a D2 women’s lacrosse player at Catawba College. Ms. Chapa returned to Texas in 2017 to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an attorney. She attended St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas where she received both her Juris Doctorate in law and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

During Nikki’s time at St. Mary’s she was a part of the Immigration Clinic and volunteered her time helping those who could not afford legal representation through multiple pro-bono opportunities. It was through Nikki’s volunteering experience that she discovered her passion for advocacy.

Nikki has a background as a highly motivated and skilled attorney. Her appreciation for complex legal issues, litigation, and helping those in need guided her into a career in family law. She prides herself on being an assertive advocate for her clients. When she is not working with clients, Nikki enjoys exploring new hobbies, spending time with her pets and family, and is a self-professed “foodie.”



Austin Trainor

Austin is an Associate Attorney at Smith Family Law. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University at Galveston in Galveston, Texas. He later went on to receive his law degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas. Upon completion of his law degree, Austin clerked for a Judicial District Court Judge in Harris County. His experience as a judicial clerk provided valuable insight into the inner workings of the Court from the other side of the bench and introduced him to a vast array of Civil Litigation.

Since being licensed in 2020, Austin has practiced family law and personal injury litigation in both Houston and Austin. Upon joining Smith Family law, Austin has focused his specialty to family law to help guide clients through the divorce and child custody process. Austin is driven and energetic in his advocacy for his clients. He believes that all attorneys should constantly be learning and researching the most cutting edge case law and statutes in order to hone their craft, and in order to be the best advocate possible for their clients during mediation or in the courtroom.

Austin grew up in “Military City, USA” San Antonio Texas, shaped by the structure and regimen of two U.S. Air Force parents. Austin’s drive for advocacy is fueled by his personal experience as a child of divorce himself. When not working, Austin prioritizes health, fitness, and personal growth. He believes people can always keep growing and contributing positively to themselves and our community. He enjoys doing so by helping those who cannot or may not always be able to help themselves.

Austin Trainor
holly jackson solorio lead paralegal at smith family law in austin


Holly Jackson-Solorio​

Holly is the lead paralegal at Smith Family Law. Behind every good attorney is an even better paralegal. Holly is a detail-oriented and dedicated paralegal who is passionate about family law and has worked for Christian for many years.

Holly was in the United States Air Force for eight years as an Intelligence Analyst, earning numerous awards and medals, such as the Air Force Commendation Medal. While in the United States Air Force, Holly earned her Associates of Applied Science in Communications Applications. Holly later continued her career as an Intelligence Analyst as a government contractor after her service ended. While working as a contractor in Tampa, Florida, Holly earned her Associates of Science in Paralegal Studies.

Holly now lives in Austin with her husband, their dog, and three cats. When Holly isn’t diligently working she loves spending time with her cats, reading, and watching Lord of the Rings.

Our awards

With a high level of understanding, precision, and skill, our law team is ready to take on challenging cases with the goal of ensuring our clients get the outcomes they deserve. 

harry l reid award oil gas mineral law award

Harry L. Reid Oil, Gas, & Mineral Law Award

Christian SmithReviewsout of 18 reviews

AVVO 5 Star Reviews

nation's premier nafla top ten ranking 2019

2019 National Association of Family Law Attorneys Top 10 Under 40

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