Mr. Smith is a Missouri and Kansas licensed trial attorney practicing primarily in the areas of employment and disability discrimination, whistleblower litigation, governmental liability, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, insurance defense, business and commercial litigation, and eDiscovery. He aggressively defends the rights of clients in high-stakes litigation and decisively leverages cutting-edge trial technology in the courtroom when advantageous. Mr. Smith has also had notable success with summary judgment motions, complex motion practice, and appellate practice.
Like exceedingly few attorneys in his field, Mr. Smith has the unique ability to manage and personally execute all aspects of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) from identification through production and deliver native format eDiscovery projects faster, cheaper, and with more insight and focus on the overall litigation and trial strategy than distributed solutions beholden to legacy methodologies.
Mr. Smith is also a frequent CLE lecturer regarding various legal technology and eDiscovery topics.
Truman State University, B.S. (2005)
University of Missouri–Columbia, School of Law, J.D. (2008)
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2016)
United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri (2014)
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri (2015)
United States District Court for the District of Kansas (2018)
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (2020)
Electronic Discovery & Legal Technology Experience
Law Firm eDiscovery Department Head (2014–Present)
National eDiscovery Leadership Institute (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2022)
Law Firm IT System Administrator / Legal Technology Systems Consultant (2003–2005, 2008–2012, 2014–Present)
eDiscovery and Legal Technology CLE Lecturer (2008, 2019–Present)
Legal Software and Automation Developer (2016–Present)
Special eDiscovery and Metadata Consultant to City of Lee's Summit, MO (2020–2021)
Published Decisions & Verdicts
Markle v. Lee's Summit R-7 School District, Jackson County, Missouri Case No. 1516-CV13364 (Mo. Cir. May 31, 2019) (11 to 1 defense verdict in claim of sex and disability discrimination, hostile work environment on the basis of disability, and retaliation)
Bolderson v. City of Wentzville, Missouri, 840 F.3d 982 (8th Cir. Nov. 1, 2016) (affirming summary judgment for defendant)
Price v. Sr. Citizens Nursing Home District of Ray County, et al., Judgment and Order Granting Summary Judgment for Defendants, Ray County Case No. 14RY-CY–00907, 2016 WL 3513503 (Mo.Cir.) (June 23, 2016) (granting summary judgment for defendant)
Bolderson v. City of Wentzville, 4:13-CV-2223 (CEJ), 2015 WL 7720558 (E.D. Mo. Nov. 30, 2015) (granting summary judgment for defendant)
Doe v. Progressive Community Services, et al., Order Granting Summary Judgment for Defendants Lynn Wells and Terri Zeamer, Buchanan County Case No. 13BU-CV05586, 2015 WL 11117680 (Mo.Cir.) (May 12, 2015)
Doe v. Progressive Community Services, et al., Order Granting Summary Judgment for Progressive Community Services, Buchanan County Case No. 13BU-CV05586, 2014 WL 10575160 (Mo.Cir.) (July 31, 2014)
Fruits v. LS Const. Services of Kansas, Inc., 4:12-374-CV-W-DGK, 2013 WL 3664629, (W.D. Mo. July 12, 2013) (granting summary judgment for defendant)
In The News
Jessica Shumaker, School district fends off disability-discrimination suit, MISSOURI LAW. WKLY., July 15, 2019, at 6.
Jury Favors School District in Former Employee's Discrimination Lawsuit, LEE'S SUMMIT TRIBUNE, June 8, 2019, available at https://lstribune.net/index.php/2019/06/08/jury-favors-school-district-in-former-employees-discrimination-lawsuit).
Missouri & Kansas 2018 Rising Stars, SUPER LAW. MAG., Missouri & Kansas / 2018, at 61.
Missouri & Kansas 2017 Rising Stars, SUPER LAW. MAG., Missouri & Kansas / 2017, at 60.
Missouri & Kansas 2016 Rising Stars, SUPER LAW. MAG., Missouri & Kansas 2016, at 61.
Vin Gurrieri, 8th Circ. Agrees Axed Mo. City Worker’s Speech Not Protected, LAW360, November 2, 2016, available at https://www.law360.com/articles/858239/8th-circ-agrees-axed-mo-city-worker-s-speech-not-protected.
Scott Lauck, Judge finds MHRA does not require ‘fresh start’, MISSOURI LAW. WKLY., July 11, 2016, at 1.
Missouri & Kansas 2015 Rising Stars, SUPER LAW. MAG., Missouri & Kansas / 2015, at 67.
Top defense wins in 2014, MISSOURI LAW. WKLY., Feb. 2, 2015, at 2014 Top V&S Report.
David Baugher, Jurors reject allegations of blanked-out contract term, MISSOURI LAW. WKLY., June 27, 2014, at Verdicts & Settlements.
Missouri Second Amendment Preservation Act (SAPA) Update—March 2022 for Missouri Sheriffs' Association Spring Conference
Tips, Tricks, Software, and Solutions for Attorneys—July 2021 for Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association
Best Practices, Software, and Solutions for Paralegals—April 2021 for Missouri Paralegal Association
Practical eDiscovery—October 2019 for Platte County Bar Association
Looming Liability [for Public Entities], Lessons Learned—September 2019 MPR Fall Conference
Harassment Prevention for Employees / Harassment Prevention for Supervisors—April 2018 for Mid-America Regional Council
When Cancer Enters the Workplace: Employment Law, Rights, and Protections—August 2017 for Midwest Public Risk
Officeholder Training on Discrimination, Harassment, FMLA, and ADA—April 2017 for Platte County
Employment Practices Call-in Services—September 2016 MPR Fall Conference
Risk Management Training—December 2015 for Midwest Public Risk
Jurassic Tech: So Easy a Caveman Could Put Together a Usable Computer System [for law firms]—June 2008 for Solo and Small Firm Conference
The Missouri Bar
American Bar Association
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Photography, travel, and modernist cuisine
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