Having defended people at every stage of criminal proceedings, Jade Chong-Smith has the compassion, strategic thinking, and experience to provide zealous defense no matter how high the stakes.


At KaiserDillon, Jade handles criminal matters, white-collar prosecutions, government investigations, campus disciplinary proceedings, and professional responsibility cases. When people’s lives and reputations are on the line, Jade is an empathetic and fierce advocate who is dedicated to doing everything she can at all stages of proceedings—whether it is from the very beginning of an investigation, at trial, or for someone seeking post-conviction relief.

Jade is a skilled and efficient trial-ready litigator who is ready to stand by clients no matter how challenging the circumstances. Jade acts thoughtfully and strategically to guide her clients and, if possible, successfully resolve issues before a trial is necessary.  If a trial is the right approach, Jade will have ensured that every prior decision has strengthened her clients’ cases.

Jade’s passion for defending clients, no matter what they’re accused of, includes helping pro bono clients. Jade maintains an active pro bono practice, focusing on criminal defense and compassionate release matters. She is also a Board Member of D.C. Justice Lab, a nonprofit dedicated to reforming the District’s criminal legal system and making it a national leader in justice reform.

Before joining KaiserDillon PLLC, Jade worked at Privacy International, where she challenged intrusive government surveillance practices and the overcriminalization and monitoring of people’s online activities.  She also worked as a supervising attorney and interim director of the criminal division at Rising for Justice, a DC non-profit organization.  Jade represented clients in criminal and civil cases: she argued dispositive motions, cross-examined witnesses (including police officers and United States Attorneys), and prepared dozens of cases for trial.  She worked relentlessly to secure favorable outcomes for her clients, including dismissals with prejudice for Brady violations, and helped hundreds of people seal their records and thereby overcome the collateral consequences of arrests, charges, and convictions.  In addition to managing her own caseload, Jade instructed students from DC-area law schools in their criminal defense clinics and supervised attorneys within Rising for Justice, as well as attorneys from major DC law firms engaged in pro bono work.

Jade is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she defended clients in criminal cases, assisted in death penalty litigation, and helped draft amicus briefs on legal ethics and ineffective assistance of counsel issues.  She was a board member of Yale Law Women, the Alliance for Diversity, and the Clinical Student Board.  Over two summers, Jade worked at the Legal Aid Society in New York City and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.

Jade is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and California.


  • J.D., Harvard Law School. Editor, Harvard Law Review
  • B.A., Duke University, magna cum laude