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Brian Smith Esq

Brian Smith Esq

The Law Offices of Brian J. Smith, Esq.
  • DUI & DWI, Criminal Law, Employment Law ...
  • Ohio
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Summary

Brian Smith provides aggressive, experienced, and effective legal representation to every person served, so they feel confident that their rights are protected, their interests are served, and their results are maximized.

Mr. Smith uses his trial and negotiation skills in a successful practice where he has developed expertise in representing men and women in felony and misdemeanor criminal matters, OVI/DUI cases, and unemployment appeals. He strives to provide personalized representation, making each and every case and client his most important case.

Mr. Smith offers flat fees and payment plans whenever possible for criminal and DUI/OVI cases. He also understands that hiring a lawyer while unemployed can be very difficult, so whenever possible for unemployment appeal cases he offers contingency fees with no fee until he wins back-payments for his clients.

Mr. Smith also provides legal representation to labor unions by successfully representing them during contract negotiations, arbitrations, before federal and state courts, the National Labor Relations Board, the Ohio State Employment Relations Board, as well as the Department of Labor.

Mr. Smith resides in Huron, Ohio with his main office in Rocky River, Ohio. He provides representation along the northern coast of Ohio, from Cleveland to Toledo.

Practice Areas
  • DUI & DWI
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment Law
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Traffic Tickets
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    For many DUI, OVI and criminal matters I offer fixed flat fees with payment plans.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Ohio
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6th Circuit
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
The Law Offices of Brian J. Smith, Esq.
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Partner
Sivinski & Smith, LLC
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Associate
Masters & Sivinski
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Education
University of Akron School of Law
J.D.
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Honors: While at Akron, Mr. Smith served as an assistant and associate of the Law Review, having an article of his own published in 2005. After graduating, Mr. Smith served as an instructor at Akron, preparing law students for the rigors of legal research, writing and oral arguments. While studying at Akron, Mr. Smith was awarded the Ernest Karam Award of Academic Excellence, the Federal Bar Association Constitutional Law Award, and multiple Excellence for the Future Awards. He graduated summa cum laude in the top of his class.
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Kent State University
B.A. (1996) | Psychology major
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Awards
Top Attorneys in Cleveland & Columbus
Cleveland Magazine
Professional Associations
Ohio State Bar  # 0079861
Member
Current
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Ohio Employment Lawyers Association
Member
Current
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Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association
Member
Current
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Ohio Bar Association
Member
Current
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Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Member
Current
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National College for DUI Defense
Member
- Current
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American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys
Executive Member
- Current
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Parma Bar Association
Member
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Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer's
Board of Directors
- Current
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DUI Defense Lawyers Association
Member
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Lorain County Bar Association
Member
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West Shore Bar Association
Member
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Charles Demore v. Hyung Joon Kim: Another Step Away from Full Due Process Protections
Akron Law Review
Speaking Engagements
How to Obtain a Union Contract in the Public Sector , ATU 268 Membership Meeting
Websites & Blogs
Website
Law Offices if Brian J. Smith, ltd
Website
Brian J. Smith, Esq.
Blog
Ohio Law Blog - Brian J. Smith
Legal Answers
17 Questions Answered

Q. Can I be denied unemployment if I have 2 jobs?
A: When you file for Ohio unemployment, they look at your income and jobs during your base period. You cannot select one job or the other for them to look at. If you had two jobs and were laid off from one, they will look at both jobs. If an employee is laid off from one job but still working at another, they may qualify for partial unemployment benefits. The income they receive from the job they are still working at will be deductible. Here is what Ohio Unemployment has to say about such deductible income: "Individuals who are partially unemployed due to lack of work may be eligible for benefits. Any earnings from employment during the week claimed may reduce the amount of benefits paid. Earnings equal to or less than 20% of a claimant's weekly benefit amount will not reduce the amount of benefits paid. Earnings over 20% of the weekly benefit amount will reduce the benefit payment dollar for dollar. Earnings equal to or over the benefit amount will result in no benefits for that week."
Q. How can I handle a bench warrant if I cannot travel due to illness?
A: You should contact an attorney who may help you take care of this. There can be times when the only remaining thing to take care of with a case is payment of fines/costs, and an attorney can file a motion along with payment of the outstanding costs to get the court to withdraw the warrant. However, this depends on the particular facts of the case, the court, and whether the other terms of the sentence have been satisfied.
Q. can a non police officer issue a ticket in ohio?
A: That is an unusual question. It might help to answer your question if we knew who issued the ticket. Just a citizen? Security guard? Of duty police officer? Was it a traffic ticket or a criminal charge? You may want to consult with a local attorney about the issue.
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Contact & Map
The Law Offices of Brian J. Smith, ltd
20545 Center Ridge Rd, Ste. 215
Rocky River, OH 44116
Toll-Free: (800) 641-1970
Fax: (855) 241-0700
Satellite Office
222 Bucyrus Ave.
Huron, OH 44839
Toll-Free: (800) 641-1970
Fax: (855) 241-0700
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