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“I am passionate about finding innovative ways to positively impact communities, and my perspective aligns with Nelson Mandela’s: "It always seems impossible until it’s done."


Jade Smith, Esq., MBA

Associate Attorney

Jade Smith is an Associate Attorney with FPLG, working out of the San Diego Office. Ms. Smith joined the firm after several years of experience servicing the legal needs of businesses in a variety of different industries. Her legal career began in Corporate Transactions and Intellectual Property, where she developed skills in both transactional drafting and advocating for the rights of her business clients. Her diverse background and experiences allow her to approach situations not only from a legal perspective, but also from a business operations and management mindset.

In addition to representing a variety of different types of legal entities, Ms. Smith is very passionate about serving her community and helping people in need. She has served on the Economic Development Board for the City of El Cerrito, and she has helped advocate for the rights of foster care children and survivors of domestic violence. Currently, she serves on the Board of Advisors for Mind Treasures, a nonprofit focused on teaching financial literacy worldwide. Additionally, she spends time mentoring youth and working to ensure they have greater access to higher education.


  • California Bar


  • Juris Doctor, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
  • Master of Business Administration, San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honors), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Professional Associations

  • San Diego Legal Aid Society (Volunteer Attorney)
  • UCLA Alumni Association (Recruitment & Scholarship Committee)

Speaking Engagements

  • Nonprofit Organizations and Cryptocurrency, University of San Diego Live Webinar, March 2022

Teaching Engagements

  • Mind Treasures, Lead Financial Literacy Facilitator (2016)


  • Editor-in-Chief, Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law
Speaking Engagements

San Diego Cause Conference


The San Diego Cause Conference brings together executive leaders, marketers, donors, and social entrepreneurs of the region’s top purpose-driven businesses, organizations, and nonprofits. For over 20 years, Cause Conference™ has been a driving force for positive social impact through the sharing of ideas and strategies to build a more humanitarian community. It is a place for individuals and organizations from for-profit and nonprofit sectors to engage and collaborate. Founded and hosted by AMA San Diego, Cause Conference inspires for-profit businesses to become more community conscious, striving for social enhancement beyond the scope of traditional business transactions. We show businesses that promoting social good also improves profitability, employee morale, and public perception. We empower nonprofit organizations to become more self-sufficient by leveraging strategies typically used in the for-profit sector.

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