Tyra Hughley Smith is the founder and principal attorney of Hughley Smith Law, a boutique firm focusing on intellectual property (specifically copyrights and trademarks) and business strategy and protection for business owners and creatives. Tyra holds a dual degree from the University of Southern California, where she obtained her Juris Doctorate from the Gould School of Law simultaneously with a Masters of Communication Management (M.C.M.) from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Prior to her legal career, Tyra was a traditional newspaper and magazine journalist and obtained a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia (hailed the top journalism school in the country) and a Bachelor of Arts in Black Studies. Tyra is licensed in both California and Illinois and is based in Los Angeles. In addition to her law practice, Tyra is a former Adjunct Professor at USC and currently offers courses for both attorneys and entrepreneurs, while running her other creative businesses.