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Brian Douglas Smith

Family Attorney at Perrysburg, OH

4.6   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found

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About Brian

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I am originally from Toledo, Ohio.  Born and raised in the Toledo area, I attended undergraduate school at Lourdes College in Sylvania.  After Lourdes I attended the University of Toledo College of Law.  While attending UT, I participated in the Criminal Law Practice program.  This is where a student will intern in a local prosecutor's office.  I worked in the Bowling Green Prosecutor's office for a semester.  This has given me a greater understanding of the criminal justice system, and prepared me for criminal defense work.  Additionally, as a member of the Law Review while at law school, I was the assistant managaing editor. Wanting to stay in the Toledo area, I opened my practice in Sylvania, Ohio in 2008. 


In 2013 I joined the law firm of Handwork & Kerscher, LLP.  There I expanded my practice in real estate, probate, estate planning, trust and estate administration, commercial litigation, business law, domestic relations, and criminal. 

On November 1, 2020, I became "of counsel" with Pfost Law, Ltd. in Perrysburg, Ohio.  I continue to focus on domestic relations law, real estate, and trust and estate administration.  



Pfost Law, Ltd.
801 W. South Boundary
Suite E
Perrysburg, OH, 43551


4.6 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
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Posted by Shaina | March 11, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
I am very pleased with Brian. He was very professional and always got back to me in a timely manner. He achieved everything I was looking for! He is definitely one of the best!
Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, helpful and kind
Attorney Smith helped me wade through the dissolution process with clarity and understanding.. It was handled professionally and in a timely fashion.
Posted by Amanda | March 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Brian and his office were amazing! They were kind, patient, knowledgeable, and responsive. Brian is the exact kind of attorney you want in your corner during tough times! Especially, when you have never been involved in a legal situation. A Positive Outcome for a not so positive situation. Thanks Brian!
Posted by Mark | March 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Brian handled my Dissolution and made sure that my interests were protected .
Posted by Tom | March 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
recent probate case
Brian, worked consistently to resolve my probate case efficiently and effectively. He communicated my options and executed them per our discussions. His support staff was also a positive contributing factor to my experience.
Posted by Todd | May 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great Representative
Mr. Smith helped us through a couple of areas in our life when we needed legal representation. We retained Mr. Smith and would highly recommend him and the firm for any legal matter.
Posted by Sherri | July 22, 2014
Awesome Attorney
I hired Brian 2 years ago and it was most definitely the BEST decision for my family. Brian is a very trustworthy Attorney and his response is fast! He most definitely cares about his clients and their children involved in the case. I Have recommended Brian to family and friends and they have all gave great feedback and thanked me in the end! I would not trust anyone else with my family and children, he's a awesome Attorney and I HIGHLY recommend him!
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Posted by Trisha | August 6, 2013
An A-list Family Attorney
When going through a complicated (aren't they all) divorce, the last thing anyone needs is an attorney that doesn't meet their expectations. There are so many emotions when going through such a difficult period in life, that thinking clearly doesn't always come easy. Brian exceeded my expectations! Having five children, communicating by phone wasn't always ideal. If I had a question, I could email him and guarantee a response that day. In an instant gratification world, that was extremely important to me! Brian always had my best interest in mind and would inform me of obstacles that I couldn't see, simply because of it being an emotional time. He is trustworthy, efficient, and honorable. If ever I were in need of a fantastic family attorney, I would absolutely hire Brian again in a heart beat!
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Posted by Maria | August 2, 2013
Trustworth, calm, and just who I needed!
Brian was there for me when I needed him. In going through my divorce, I chose to not deal directly with my ex and he was excellent about working through the oppossing attorney and "battling" with my ex for information and trying to do what was in my best interest. When I had questions, he was very quick to respond with answers and if he didn't know something he wasn't afraid to admit that he didn't know, but always did his homework to find out and get to the bottom of things for both of us. For that, I greatly respect him and his character.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2024
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Paper pusher. Wanted to get it over as soon as possible. No advice , no guidance. I got way less than what I could have with this guy. Do not hire.
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Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Handwork, Kerscher & Pfost, LLP
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Brian D. Smith
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • Bowling Green Prosecutor's Office
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Office of Ron L. Rimelspach
  • 2006 - 2008
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  • University of Toledo College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Lourdes College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004


  • Toledo Bar Association, Municipal Court Committee
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Wood County Bar Association
  • Municipal Court Liason
  • 2009 - Present
  • Wood County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2008 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Domestic Relations Committee Member
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


Speaking Engagements

  • Wood County Bar Association Winter CLE
  • Ethics
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (4)
Endorse Brian
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is both professional and experienced. I have had several cases with Brian in Lucas County and he has always provided his clients with the highest degree of legal representation. I would gladly recommend his services to anyone seeking a custody/divorce attorney."
Family Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I had the privilege having Brian as an intern during his undergraduate education and later shared his services as a law clerk during his law school days. Since then I have referred multiple clients to him. He is highly skilled as an attorney, dedicated and compassionate and I highly endorse Brian."