Munck Wilson Mandala


Ursula Smith

Associate
Commercial Litigation
Austin
(737) 201-1613

Ursula Smith is an associate in the commercial litigation and employment and labor practices. Ursula represents clients in various disputes, including employment and civil rights litigation, and class actions involving consumer protection, privacy violations and data breaches. 

Ursula brings a unique background to her practice – starting her career in the U.S. Navy, serving both domestically and abroad. Through this diversity in professional and personal experience, she’s steadfast in unfavorable circumstances and handles challenges in the business environment with precision and efficiency. 

Ursula began her legal career in the Pearl Harbor Navy Legal Office, advising military clients on various personal issues, including family law, tax law, and consumer protection. She then joined the National Security Litigation Division, gaining valuable experience prosecuting and investigating complex national security law cases. After that, she served as legal and policy advisor for the Brooks Center for Maritime Engagement at the Office of Naval Intelligence, coordinating heavily with many different legal counterparts across the intelligence community. 

Making the move to South Texas, Ursula then became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Texas and focused on immigration, human trafficking, narcotics, and firearms cases. Most recently, Ursula focused on employment litigation, civil rights litigation, and class actions at Siri & Glimstad, LLP. 

Ursula received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and she graduated with distinction from the prestigious U.S. Naval War College. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, graduating with summa cum laude honors from the University of Albany, State University of New York. 

Education

Northeastern University School of Law,
Juris Doctor
University at Albany, State University of New York,
B.S. in Mathematics
Summa cum laude
U.S. Naval War College,
Joint Professional Military Education (National Securities Studies)
with Distinction

Associations & Memberships

State Bar of Texas

State Bar of Massachusetts

State Bar of Virginia

Bar Admissions

Texas, 2020 

Massachusetts, 2013 

Virginia, 2021 

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas 

U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas 

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts 

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division 

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Co-Author, Litigating National Security Cases under The United States Uniform Code of Military Justice, Journal of International Peacekeeping, Vol. 20 (2016). 

Focus Areas

  • Commercial Litigation 
  • Employment & Labor Law