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About me

Before starting Zachary D. Smith, LLC, I practiced as a public defender in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and later with an established small firm in downtown Cincinnati.  I became a public defender because I craved action.  I wanted to gain experience counseling clients and develop my courtroom skills.  When I transitioned into private practice I added civil litigation to my repertoire, gravitating toward and eventually focusing my practice on Family Law in Ohio and Kentucky.

I am a trained Family Law Mediator, currently serve on the Executive Committee of the Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and litigate my fair share of cases.  I enjoy Family Law because it allows me to use all the tools in my toolbox.  I believe a client is best served when you engage in complex problem solving, generate creative outcomes, and are ready to lean on the nuances and technical aspects of the law to prevail in Court.  I understand every family is different, and every family requires different tools be deployed.

Practicing Family Law fulfills me because it allows me to wear all “hats”.  I get to problem solve, generate “outside the box” solutions, and, when required, pursue my clients’ goals in Court.  All while helping people through a difficult process.






Practice areas


  1. Family: 100%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jacob Michael Kaufman

    I have been opposing counsel on several matters with Zach in collaborative and adversarial (court) matters. I have always found Zach to be extremely knowledgeable, zeolously represents his clients, but is also fair. I believe he always has his client's best interest at heart, but also that of the overall family. I do not believe we have enough attorneys in town that have this global perspective which is better for the client in the long run!


    Jacob Kaufman Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Jimmy Jay Lefton

    I really enjoy working on cases with Zach. He works hard for his clients and does an excellent job helping them understand the law and the value of reaching agreements out of court in a collaborative manner.


    Jimmy Lefton Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Zachary D. Smith, LLC

300 Pike Street.
Suite 405
Cincinnati, OH, 45202


KYAuthorized to practice law200806/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarsSuperlawyers2016
Rising StarsSuperlawyers2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerZachary D. Smith, LLC2015 - Present
AttorneyGodbey & Associates2008 - 2015
Assistant Public DefenderCommonwealth of Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy2007 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsCo-President2010 - Present
Cincinnati Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Cincinnati College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Indiana University-BloomingtonManagementBS - Bachelor of Science2003