Adam Smith
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EMAIL acsmith@mcdonaldhopkins.com

PHONE 216.348.5407

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Adam is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and Energy Practice Group.  Adam represents clients zealously and practically with a focus on leveraging client-driven results.  Adam takes pride in listening to his client’s issues, applying thoughtful and creative legal expertise, and devising value-added solutions.

Adam represents natural gas distribution and transmission companies in a wide variety of matters, including right-of-way encroachment issues, appropriation and condemnation matters, easement disputes, fires and explosions, natural gas leaks, wrongful death and personal injury claims, real and personal property damages, and environmental claims.  Adam also provides natural gas clients with emergency response assistance and advice and prepares various contracts and property-related instruments.

Adam also represents public and private entities in connection with and has extensive experience in business and commercial litigation, trade secret, non-compete, and unfair completion matters, labor and employment litigation, and appellate matters.

Adam regularly presents to organizations and clients regarding various topics in which Adam has legal expertise.  Adam has been a member of the William K. Thomas Inn of Court for over eight years.  Adam also is on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County and regularly serves and supports various charitable and community organizations.

Prior to joining McDonald Hopkins LLC, Adam clerked for the Honorable Dick Ambrose.  There, Adam gained valuable litigation experience and established unique relationships.  Adam earned his J.D., cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University in 2011. He received a B.S. from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University in 2007. 


Admissions - Court

  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Admissions - State

  • Florida
  • Ohio


  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University

Professional Membership

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (2008-present)        
  • Ohio Bar Association (2008-present)
  • 3R’s Program (2011-present)
  • The William K. Thomas American Inn of Court (present)

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