As chief legal officer of Prudential Trust Company since
2005, Joyce Smith is in charge of all legal matters for the trust company,
including its collective investment trusts. Following graduation from Harvard
Law School and prior to joining Prudential, she was an associate attorney at
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York City, where she handled everything
from security offerings and leveraged bank financing to mergers and
acquisitions, including the AOL-Time Warner merger, the Dex-Media financing and
Lucent’s spin-offs, Avaya and Agere Systems.
Smith received a BA, summa cum laude, in political science with a minor in pre-law studies from Montclair State in 1994 and a JD from Harvard Law School in 1998. While at Montclair State, she was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and awarded a Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship. Additional campus activities included leadership roles in The Conservation Club, the Montclair State Paper Recycling Program and Greenpeace. She also received the University’s Woman of the Year award. At Harvard University, she was a senior technical editor of the Environmental Law Review and a pre-law tutor at one of Harvard’s undergraduate houses.