Meet Gabriela N. Smith: Unyielding Dedication Meets Passion for the Law.
In the demanding realms of transactional law, namely Business Law, M&A, Private Equity, Venture Capital, and Cross-Border deals, Gabriela N. Smith stands tall as a beacon of relentless dedication and legal acumen. Gabriela is the Founder and Managing Partner at GNS Law, a boutique law firm she founded in 2014 to serve family offices, business owners, investors, and companies, in the areas of business and corporate law.
Gabriela’s clients include some of the fastest growing private companies in the US in the digital and innovation, software, services, and renewable energy sectors. Her international background has allowed Gabriela to amass a significant practice dedicated to multinational and international business operations, and she has helped numerous multinational companies from Latin America and other parts of the world enter the US market and manage their risks and legal issues.
Gabriela enjoys being a trusted partner for clients seeking not just help with contracts and transactions, but strategic counsel that makes a tangible difference. Whether it’s navigating through the high-energy pulse of tech deals, illuminating the path in the energy sector, or crafting local and international deals, Gabriela’s focus and expertise are razor-sharp and unwavering. Gabriela likes to get the deal done.
Originally from Argentina, Gabriela has lived in California, Pennsylvania, and now in Texas. She attended California State University, graduating summa cum laude in the major of Political Science (2004). She obtained her Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude, from Widener Law (now, Delaware Law School) in 2008. After doing her time in a large firm, Gabriela and her husband moved to Texas, where she founded GNS Law in 2014, when her oldest child was 3 years old and her youngest could barely walk.
Gabriela also loves spending her time in the boardroom, having served on the boards of various for-profit and non-profit boards, locally and nationally, and lending her wisdom to organizations that are the movers and shakers in their respective industries. This includes leadership roles within the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania and she is a former Chair of the International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, an organization where she led over 700 international practitioners in Texas. She has also served on numerous boards, including in in the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce (Dallas), Pulse (Minneapolis), and currently serves on the Board of International Leadership of Texas, a charter school system with over 23,000 students.
Gabriela is also a dynamic speaker and a respected voice within the legal profession in the topics of business law and cross-border practice. From New York to Buenos Aires, she’s captivated her audiences in presentations and panels on cutting edge topics, in both English and Spanish.
Beyond her professional arena, Gabriela is a life enthusiast—an avid tennis player, committed half-marathoner, dedicated mother of two and a wife of a busy doctor.
For a closer look at her professional canvas, do visit LinkedIn.
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“ Gabriela is very responsive and goes the extra mile in getting work done timely. Gabriela and her associates are thorough and very organized. We have used them on several small projects relating to organizational documents and letters, but we were also very pleased with a recent sale transaction Gabriela advised us on that took a lot of review and updating in a compressed timeframe. We were successful in getting the sale documents in order, and highly recommend this firm for corporate work. ”
“ When we were looking for an international lawyer in the United States, we were told to reach out to Gabriela Smith. Gabriela very quickly and diligently started working on our international negotiation, and she achieved the outcome we wanted. Working with Gabriela turned a very difficult situation into a simpler deal. We recommend Gabriela. / Cuando buscabamos un abogado internacional en Estados Unidos, nos recomendaron a Gabriela Smith. Gabriela inmediata y diligentemente represento a nuestra empresa en una negociacion internacional y logro el resultado que buscabamos en el caso. Trabajar con Gabriela hizo que una situacion dificil se vuelva en un problema menos para nosotros. We recommend Gabriela. ”
“ We have been working with Gabriela for the last year and she has been really helpful in
helping us coordinate and organize the global structure of our companies and with international compliance matters by being proactive, responsive and fully dedicated. ”
“ I own a minority certified small business and was looking for an attorney who was not only an expert in their field, but also someone who genuinely cared about my small business. I found Gabriela and was thrilled that they represent big and small companies and give them all the attention they deserve. Gabriela helped my business with the first agreements that we signed for some big projects. We are thankful for their commitment to us and recommend their services. ”
“ Gabriela no es un estudio jurídico más. Es un grupo de abogados dinámicos y que realmente entiende sobre negocios y las prioridades de los ejecutivos de empresas. Se hacen parte de la empresa y le ponen sumo interés a los asuntos y al éxito de sus clientes. Gabriela es de confianza y es nuestro abogado de referencia desde hace muchos años.
Gabriela is not just another law firm. It is a group of dynamic lawyers who have a profound understanding of business and of the priorities of seasoned executives. They become a part of the team and pay close attention to the matters they handle and care about client success. We trust Gabriela and they have been our law firm for several years ”
“ Gabriela le suma a su know-how y comprensión de los negocios en Estados Unidos y América Latina, una clara vocación de servicio demostrada en su alta disponibilidad y profesionalismo. Por lo cual interactuar con ella se hace muy sencillo. Recomiendo a Gabriela Smith para asuntos cross-border de alta complejidad.
In addition to her know-how and the added value of understanding business in the United States and Latin America, Gabriela loves to serve her clients, which is something she has demonstrated in her ability to respond quickly and in her professionalism. Thus, it is very easy to interact with her. I recommend Gabriela Smith for complex cross-border matters. ”
“ Gabriela was recommended to us by EHR industry leaders. Gabriela is our go-to attorney for complex software licensing deals and has successfully drafted and negotiated these deals. She is extremely responsive and diligent with our requests and has profound knowledge and understanding of our industry. She takes the time to understand what we need and really cares about our work, products, and services. ”
“ Gabriela es uno de mis proveedores preferidos. La confianza de poder delegar tareas o consultas especificas en un outside counsel sabiendo que todo se va a ejecutar y resolver de manera eficiente, rápida y con un nivel de calidad first class, es fundamental para un área de legales interno. El nivel de personalización en la atención por parte de sus profesionales, y la agilidad para trabajar ajustado a los procesos internos de nuestra compañía ha sido un agregado de valor enorme para las operaciones del área que dirijo. Definitivamente un asset valioso
Gabriela is one of my favorite providers. The trust generated in being able to delegate tasks or specific consultations to an outside counsel knowing that everything will get done and resolved in an efficient and timely manner, and with “first class,” is fundamental for an in-house attorney. The level of personalization in the performance of work by these attorneys, and the agility to work while also adjusting to our company’s internal process has been an added-value to the work I perform. Gabriela is definitely a valuable asset. ”
“ CMP has worked with Gabriela for five years on a variety of corporate legal issues – from acquisition and contract to Human Resource issues. We have always found them to be responsive, professional and provide pragmatic and insightful legal advice. Their legal services are the best I have experienced. I highly recommend Gabriela. ”