Stephen J. Smith , Sr. - Frost Brown Todd LLC

Stephen J. Smith , Sr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Steve's practice covers all areas of public law including, but not limited to, government litigation, land acquisition, government contracting, annexation, zoning, economic development and the representation of numerous municipalities and school districts throughout the state of Ohio. Steve also has extensive expertise in all areas of election law to include initiatives and referendums.

Steve has served as the Law Director for the City of Dublin more than 37 years.  He has been a frequent speaker for the Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association, the Ohio Municipal League, and on the national level for the International Municipal Lawyers Association. Most recent topics include public-private partnerships (P3) and economic development.

Steve has served as special counsel for numerous cities, villages and school districts throughout the state of Ohio assisting those entities in the areas of annexation, litigation, charter development, and transitioning village government to city government entities.

His expertise also includes assisting private-sector clients obtaining incentives for locating and expanding businesses both in Ohio and throughout the United States.

University of ToledoBA 1968The Ohio State UniversityJ.D. 1971
Ohio Municipal Attorney's AssociationInternational Municipal Lawyers AssociationState of Ohio Republican PartyFranklin County Republican Party

Case History

Representative Matters

Represented numerous cities and school districts in litigation across the state and in both the trial and appellate areas, as well as appearing in the Ohio State Supreme Court. His position with the firm allows him to exercise his expertise managing major projects in the public sector.

Represented South-Western City School District before the Franklin County Board of Elections and the Ohio Supreme Court and successfully defeated a claim for writ of prohibition or mandamus which would have required the Franklin County Board of Elections to place operating levy repeal issue on ballot after board had invalidated the repeal petitions because they were unauthorized by law. 

Office Location

One Columbus, Suite 2300
10 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215-3484
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Communications Law of the Columbus-OH Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Municipal Law of the Columbus-OH Metro Area
Stephen J. Smith, Sr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Stephen J. Smith, Sr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Communications Law
Litigation - Municipal
Municipal Law

Other Information

Gender: Male