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About Blakespear & Smith

Catherine Smith Blakespear

Phone: 760-613-4740 or Email now

Catherine Smith BlakespearCatherine has been practicing law since 2006, exclusively working in estate planning since 2009. She is a fourth-generation Encinitas resident, who moved back to her ancestral home after spending eight years in Salt Lake City.  She lives with her husband and two children across the street from her mother and aunt -- all of whom share a hilltop in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Her children attend Cardiff Elementary School, which was constructed by Catherine’s grandfather, Milton Smith, in 1950. At that time, Smith Construction Company was the largest employer in Cardiff.

Catherine graduated from Torrey Pines High School in 1994, after playing varsity basketball for four years and earning the MVP award for her last three years. She attended college at Northwestern University in Chicago, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism. Graduating during an expanding economy, her first job out of college was at the Los Angeles Times, based in the Ventura County bureau. Her beat was transportation, which sparked an interest in urban planning that still exists today. 

Catherine applied to be a reporter at the Associated Press before the 2002 Winter Olympics, and moved to Utah to work as an A.P. staff reporter in the Salt Lake City bureau.

After five years in journalism, Catherine decided to follow the path of both of her parents and earn a law degree. Happily living in Salt Lake City surrounded by friends and community, she attended the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law, graduating in 2006. She served as editor-in-chief of one of the law school’s three law journals, the Journal of Law and Family Studies. She subsequently clerked for the Honorable Pamela Greenwood on the Utah Court of Appeals and worked for the highly regarded law firm of Ray, Quinney & Nebeker in Salt Lake City as a law clerk and associate attorney.

Catherine met her husband Jeremy Blakespear on a competitive co-ed ultimate Frisbee team that traveled around the inter-mountain west for games on weekends. Jeremy is a Physician Assistant, now working at North County Health Services in primary care. After marrying in 2006, having a baby in 2007 and another in 2008, Catherine and Jeremy moved to Encinitas because they wanted to live in the best city in America and raise their family closer to Catherine’s family. They settled across the street from Catherine’s mother Tricia and Catherine’s aunt Rosemary KimBal. Catherine and her mother Tricia launched Blakespear & Smith Law Offices in 2009, whose focus is estate planning, probate, trust administration and family planning documents such as premarital agreements.

photo of Catherine and familyCatherine has been the Cardiff representative on the City of Encinitas Traffic & Public Safety Commission for four years. Last year she served as its chair after being chosen for the role by her peers on the commission. The commission hears from the public on transportation issues and advises the City Council. Catherine actively participates on two city sub-committees. One of them involves urban agriculture and the effort to make it easier for residents who grow their own food to sell the produce without costly and administratively burdensome permits. For free, she is representing the owner of a small farm, Coral Tree Farm, to protect her historic right to farm on her property.

She helped establish and raises money for the garden program at Cardiff School, and has served as the chair of the non-profit Scrumptious Schoolyards for several years. She is a past president of a 40-person business networking organization, which grew to its largest and most profitable size during her tenure. She loves to play ultimate frisbee, grow organic vegetables and fruit trees in her yard, play with her family on the beach and in the ocean, follow city policy issues and mountain bike with her husband.

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Tricia A. Smith

Phone: 760-753-4726 or Email now

Tricia SmithTricia has been in private practice for 40 years. She grew up in Cardiff-by-the Sea and graduated from San Dieguito High School in 1963. She received her Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California at Riverside in 1968 and her Juris Doctor from Northwestern University in 1971.   She is one of the trail blazers for women attorneys.  At the time she graduated from law school, less than 5% of all attorneys were women.  Now over 50% are women. Her first four years of practice were in Seattle, Washington as an associate prosecuting attorney handling felony jury trials.  She married her law school beau and moved to Del Mar, California where they opened their Ma & Pa law firm.  While building their law practice and developing multiple business interests, they had two daughters Catherine and Victoria in the late 1970’s.  The marriage did not last but the law firm did.  Tricia became one of the most respected and knowledgeable family lawyers in San Diego. She was certified as a family law specialist by the California Bar Association in the early 1980’s. Known as a tough litigator, she was able to aggressively pursue very favorable out of court settlements for her clients.  She is also a savvy real estate investor with a keen sense of tax strategies and estate planning.

Teaming up with her brilliant daughter is like a dream come true for her.  She is able to pass on her legacy to the next generation.  Working with Catherine on a daily basis is very rewarding and satisfying. When she is not practicing law, or enjoying her grandchildren and family, Tricia enjoys international travel to exotic places as an independent traveler, playing golf and mountain biking.  She also loves the theatre and the extraordinary San Diego Opera.

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