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Justin Michael Smith

Military law Attorney at Mount Vernon, OH

5.0   55 reviews
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2017
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I am a 2016 graduate of Capital University Law School.  Before starting my legal career I spent eight years in the US Marine Corps.  I believe everyone is entitled to adequate legal representation.  The law can oftentimes be complex and confusing.  I ensure that my clients are aware of their rights, and presented with the best legal options for their situation.  My areas of practice include family law, juvenile, criminal defense, and civil litigation.  My philosophy is to provide clients with agressive legal representation at an affordable price.  

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Zelkowitz, Barry & Cullers Ltd.
103 S Main St.
Mount Vernon, OH, 43050
Zelkowitz, Barry & Cullers Ltd.
26 S Main St
Johnstown, OH, 43031
Justin Smith
1 N Park Pl
Newark, OH, 43055
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2024
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VA Rating
I met Justin last year after failing to get very far by myself for my VA claim. During our initial interview he took the time to listen to my story and together went through my medical documentation. As a Veteran himself, he understands the nuances that are involved in everyday military life. Over the course of the next several months he played an intricate role in helping obtain my military, civilian, and VA records to support my claim. He is extremely knowledgeable in the VA claim process. He is able to flawlessly navigate the intricacies of the claim process. In one fell swoop he was able to increase me from 50% to 100% by helping me articulate my conditions in a way that accurately reflected my conditions. His process should be the standard by which Veterans use to get the most out of their claims. If you are looking for someone to take your claim serious, and give you the best opportunity to maximize your claim, then you need to call Justin.
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Posted by Brady | April 9, 2024
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Va rating
I met Justin in the last few months of my active duty time. He guided me in the direction I needed to go to get a first time rating of 100%. Great guy to work with!
Posted by Dave | March 25, 2024
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VA claim
I contacted Justin to see if putting in a claim with the VA was warranted and there was a possibility to move up from my current 60%. After his careful review of my case we decided proceeded with the claim. Justin's attention to detail and knowledge of the intricacies of the VA claim process was very impressive. He gad everything set in place for a very thorough medical review. Everything went as he said and in the time frame that was expected. In the end I was able to move from 60 percent to 100 percent total and permanent disability withe VA. I highly recommend Justin for any Veteran thinking of making a claim.
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Posted by Garth | March 6, 2024
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VA Disability Claim
My name is Garth Ranz, and I’m a retired USAF Lt Col with 29 years of service. At the time I retired in 2020, I did not have a VA Disability Rating. Justin did a fantastic job of guiding me through the process of filing a VA Disability Claim. He thoroughly explained all the medical issues and conditions I could claim based on my current conditions and what is documented in my Air Force medical records during my years of service. With Justin’s help and guidance, I received a VA Disability rating of 100% on the very 1st attempt. I highly recommend Justin Smith’s legal advice and services.
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Posted by Erik | February 14, 2024
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VA Disability Claim
When it comes to navigating the VA Disability System, there is no better person to trust with your claim than Justin. The V.S.O. at my local Veterans Affairs Office had my claim so screwed up, I basically wasted 4 years of fighting myself with no feedback or assistance from them. Justin took over my case and with his expertise and knowledge in the system, had my claim squared away and submitted correctly into the system. I'm now rated at 90% and awaiting a higher level review to complete the my 100% which is where I should have been years ago. As a Desert Storm Veteran, I've suffered for years with my conditions with no compensation or benefits. If you're a veteran frustrated with a low rating or with the system, do yourself and your family a favor and reach out to Justin. The VA system is set up against you, to frustrate you and make you settle for a bare minimum rating or an outright denial. Hiring a professional to navigate the system will pay off for you and your family. I recommend Justin to every veteran I meet. Justin is a warrior who is very passionate at taking care of fellow veterans and assisting them through the VA Disability process.
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Posted by Dustin | February 11, 2024
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VA Disablilty
I spent 21 years in the military. By the time I was 31 I had 5 surgeries already. I was stuck at 90% for several years doing everything myself. I couldn't for some (VA) reason get to 100%. Luckily I met Justin, followed his advice and finally got my 100% rating. Going from 90% to 100% is life changing. I highly recommend any veteran seek Justin's counsel on VA benefits and getting what you deserve.
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Posted by Brandon | February 6, 2024
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Veteran Disability Claim
After being discharged from the marines In September 2015, I was stuck at 90%. In September 2019, i tried to reevaluate my claim myself to no advancement. I thought I knew what I did wrong, so I tried again the following january of 2020, yet still no advancement in my claim status. I met Justin through the barbershop I worked in, and he offered to look at my claim for me. He reviewed my already service connected issues to find increases where I couldn't. He was able to identify new things within my records, i didn't know you could claim such as GERD and my Sciatic Nerve. The whole process was fairly easy. I started talking to him in April 2023 about my claim. He was able to link me up with some local medical professionals who assisted me with an Nexus letter and physical examinations for my claimed conditions. After that, we waited. By January 2024, the paperwork came back, and I was 100% total and permanent disabled from the military. I couldn't have done it without Justin's expertise in the field. Forever grateful , Brandon
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Posted by Nathaniel | January 13, 2024
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Attorney for Veterans
As a veteran it is important to be represented by someone who is truly at the front of the pack to get you the benefits you've earned. Justin is nothing short of the best for veteran's VA benefits. After being out of the service for 8 years the VA knocked down my benefits from 70% to a 40%. I had just accepted that it was going to be reduced and went about my life. When I met Justin he said to let him take a look at it and he would see what he could do, well, now I can say that I am now at 100% permanent rating. Justin spent countless hours going though my records finding items I never knew were able to be claimed. He worked with me to ensure that I recieved the correct VA claim rating and caputered all items that were simply overlooked by my initial va providers. After completing his review he set up a medical team to review my conditions with me and documented them in a way that I would translate to the reviewer for an accurate evaluation. He even worked with my schedule to get me seen in office to go over every condition. Lastly, the two way communication was unlike any other with any attorney. Justin keeping me informed on the process, all of the next steps, and what I could expect. He went so far as to check on me after a very trying appointment with the veteran reviews. Justin is simply the best. I whole heartedly recommend Justin and honestly insist for all of my fellow veterans to have Justin look at your claim to see what he can do for you. He changed my life for the better!
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2024
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Veterans Benefits
Justin was a great listener to my needs and expectations. He was able to increase my disability rating from 10% to 70% with the VA. Most importantly, he guided me through the very arduous task of appealing claims that I had made in the past and brought those to fruition. With Justin’s guidance I felt very taken care of. I highly recommend Justin to other disabled Veterans who need the help they deserve.
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Posted by David | December 12, 2023
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Master Gunnery Sgt., USMC ret.
Justin Smith is a down to earth person who has served this country and truly cares of not only the men and woman who served this country but also the many people in his own community. Semper Fi
Posted by Jake | October 4, 2023
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VA Disability Claim
I was in the Marines from 2006-2010 as an 0311 In the infantry. I did two combat tours to Iraq, and when I got out I was at 70% disability through the VA. Nine years later they reduced my rating to 50%. I’ve known Justin for years and reached out to him for some assistance with refiling my claims. He took my case and with his help and in-depth understanding of the VA system, we were able to increase my disability rating to 90% as of today. I have a couple claims still pending, but overall the experience and professionalism shown has been second to none. I highly recommend.
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Posted by Stetson | September 21, 2023
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VA Disability Claim
This was an amazing experience! I’ve been fighting with the Veterans Affairs for years now to get my disability compensation increased with no luck. I contacted Justin and he told me exactly what information he needed and how to get it. Once I gave him the information from my medical records he went through it all and found everything the VA was denying in the medical records and even found other things I could claim I didn’t know about. He was very polite and professional and kept me updated on everything I needed to do and the process of everything. Finally after all the process of disability exams with LHI and the VA doing their review I went from 70 to 90 percent with a few claims still pending that will most likely get me to 100 percent. If you need someone to help with your VA disability rating I would highly recommend Justin smith to get it taken care of for you!
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Posted by Chad | September 5, 2023
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VA DISABILITY RATING INCREASE
Justin took time to listen to my story & review my medical records. I have been trying unsecessfully for years to increase my rating. Justin was able to connect me to a nurse who wrote a nexus letter & a Dr who actually examined me & listen to all my issues. Do to this my VA rating increased from 80% to 100% in a matter of a few months. This is a life changing difference in my life. Very happy with Justins professionalism & prompt responses to all my questions.
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Posted by RICHARD | August 17, 2023
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Great lawyer
I hired Justin Smith to help me get 100% on my VA disability which I didn't know how to do. He worked expeditiously and with great knowledge and helped guide me through the process of filing my claim and was successful in helping me obtain my 100% rating. I am so thankful I was guided to him. He is honest and caring and I would highly recommend his services to any veteran trying to work with the VA.
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Posted by Terry | July 18, 2023
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VERY THOROUGH
Justin went above and beyond throughout the whole process of my claim. Every step of the way Justin made himself available to assist and answer any questions I had. I am pleased with his professionalism and the results he produced.
Posted by Colin | June 22, 2023
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Semper Fidelis
Justin went above and beyond. He is very passionate and truly cares for his clients.
Posted by Timothy | April 22, 2023
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Thank you
Justin mith guided me every step of the way, and his help and guidance was indispensable to me. He was clear, very knowledgeable, and, once again, immensely helpful. Things went just as he said they most likely would. And I am most grateful, most sincerely
Posted by Zac | August 11, 2022
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Good Lawyer
Justin was a great lawyer. He helped us gain residential custody. He listened to our needs and our concerns. I would hire him again if we needed to go back to court. He stuck with us with our complicated and long court case. I would recommend him to family and friends. When we started this process I didn't even have visitation rights and now I ended up as residential parent! Could not ask for a more dedicated outstanding lawyer.
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Posted by Jessica | March 17, 2022
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LLC
Justin did a LLC for my husband and I and was very helpfully and professional thru the process.
Posted by Cris | March 1, 2022
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Divorce Attorney
Throughout my divorce proceedings, Justin was professional and knowledgeable. He is trustworthy, is extremely reliable, has the utmost integrity and will make sure you are represented at the highest level. The divorce process is a nerve racking and unpredictable process. Be patient. You are in expert hands with Justin.
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AVVO RATING 6.3 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Justin M. Smith
  • 2017 - Present

Education

  • Capital University Law School
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Termination of marriage
  • Received what was requested
  • Visitation / Custody
  • Support reduced, visitation granted as requested
  • Juvenile
  • Reduced plea to disorderly conduct
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Associations

  • Licking County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Licking County Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Roberta Mitchell award
  • Capital University Law School
  • 2016

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Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
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Family Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Ever since meeting Justin, he has driven his efforts to the highest level to accomplish his client's goals. He is one of the good ones."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Justin is a very diligent and sharp attorney. He is very client focused and result driven."
Criminal defense
Criminal defense

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Mount Vernon Military law Lawyer Justin Michael Smith
Justin Michael Smith
Military law Attorney
Mount Vernon, OH
Licensed for 7 years