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Patricia Jean Smith

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5.0   34 reviews

also known as Patty Smith


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Portage County Common Pleas Court Juvenile/Probate Judge, term beginning 2021

Licensed for 30 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 1992
Updated 11/17/2022

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Posted by Vicky | December 29, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I was looking for Patty Smith, hoping to have her represent a family member case. Only to find out she is now a judge. Congratulations! Patty represented my son in the early 90’s. I will never forget her and always be grateful to her. I was sitting in the juvenile hallway crying and this pretty young lady(Patty) came over to me. Patty asked me what was wrong with me? I explained that they kept my son. She asked did I have an attorney. I replied “No”, she asked for my son’s name and she went back into the magistrate chamber. Several minutes later, she came out and said that they will be releasing him.. she had changed his plead and would represent him. I am still very grateful because that act of kindness touched my life. She was an awesome attorney in the 90’s , so I can only imagine her positive growth and the life’s she has touched.
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Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
You'll wish you hired her!
Patty has professional relationships with the people you want on your side. She got a charge dropped that would have been detrimental to my livelihood. There are no words to show appreciation for literally saving a career that I've worked years for. If she were a handbag she'd be a Birkin.
Posted by Emmy | June 28, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer around
Patty is the best lawyer around. She’s helped me with two different cases. Helped reduce them both. She answers all questions, and is very straight forward. I definitely would recommend her!!!!
Response from Patricia Smith July 3, 2018
Thank you very much! I was glad to help!
Posted by Mary | June 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
Patty was excellent to work with! She provided top-knotch service to our family. Patty is friendly, flexible, and compassionate about what she does. I would highly reccommend her!
Response from Patricia Smith July 3, 2018
Thank you, very much appreciated!
Posted by TAMMY | April 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Grateful and Very Happy Family
Patty is caring, honest and pulls no punches while being determined to do the best for her client! Definitely one of Portage County's finest lawyers. She works hard for her clients and to save peoples lives not destroy them! Patty has a heart and a brilliant mind and that's a terrific combination anyone would want in their attorney. Compassion, integrity, honesty and knowledge of the law! She saved my family and I'm eternally grateful! Patty, I would recommend you anytime! You're definitely one of the very best for those in need of the best. All my thanks and admiration!
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Posted by Berardino | December 28, 2017
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True Professional
Patricia Smith is a true professional in the field. I truly value my relationship with Patty and her team. The entire staff is easy to communicate with and accessible. From the moment I engaged with her she was very through and detail oriented, making you aware of all details in your case. Patricia makes you feel confident that everything will happen in the interest of you and your case. I could not be more pleased with the representation and would seek out council with her firm in the future if the need arise.
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Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2017
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Knowledgeable and caring
Patricia Smith was recommended to us by a defense attorney from the Cleveland area. She was very quick to respond and incredibly knowledgable about the laws and procedures of Portage County. She was able to give us lots of information about the situation, and assuaged many of the concerns we had. I immediately felt like she was invested in my case. The charges ended up being dropped, but I wouldn't hesitate to use her again!
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Posted by Jodi | April 24, 2017
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OVI
Patricia was knowledgeable, detail oriented and above all very supportive during a very trying time. Her rates are reasonable and she clearly fought for the best possible outcome in my case.
Posted by Donald | April 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Experience Pays
Communication was key and by Patricia Smith responding to my phone calls, text messages, emails every time I had a question concerning my case reassured me that I had an experienced, professional providing the best care possible. I don't live near where the incident occurred so having the connection really helped. When it comes down to business, she was able to provide me with the best outcome possible. I told her what I wanted and she adamantly worked to prove she is worth her experience.
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Posted by Mike | April 3, 2017
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Excellent person and Hard Working Proffesional
I have had to work with Patty on a few occasions, her bright personality helped me remain calm and brought immediate trust that the situation would be handled with the best of her ability. The outcomes were both beyond my expectations and not once did I question her abilities to pull through because of her confidence and hard work. I will suggest Patty to anyone in need of her expertise. Truly a great person to know as a friend and proffesional.
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2017
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Knowledgeable. Experienced.
Very professional yet down to earth. Great communication. Her phone number listed is her cell phone! You don't get her office! We were able to obtain a reduction on an OVI offense.
Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
We family is very thankful for the professional and caring services that Attorney Patricia Smith. Her knowledge of the Portage County courts, advice and presentation was outstanding. I would highly recommend her services.
Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Patricia Smith, Attorney at Law
Our family's experience with Patricia Smith was excellent. She was always prepared, extremely knowledgeable, articulate and clearly had earned the respect of everyone we encountered in the Portage County Judicial system both in and out of the courtroom. Patricia Smith earned our unwavering trust keeping us totally prepared every step of the way. We highly recommend her to anyone in need of legal representation in her area of expertise.
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Posted by Jason | December 3, 2016
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Great Lawyer
Very good at what she does and knows the system in and out. She knows what to expect and shoots you strait even when it's something you don't want to hear. Thank you for all the hard work.
Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome!!
She was my husband's assigned public defender and I had my doubts but after meeting with her and getting to know her as a professiona, she knows exactly what she's doing. She is very assertive, informative more than competent of handling any case that she is given to her and does it to the best of her ability. I am completely satisfied with my service and I would recommend her to anybody.
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Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Caring, Responsive, and Exceptional overall!
Patty Smith came highly recommended by a trusted family friend who works in the Circuit Courts and I couldn't be more pleased with my decision to hire her for my OVI case. From the very beginning, she was very detailed and clear about all possible outcomes. Although she prepared me for the worst case scenario, she continually reassured me with kindness, understanding, and encouragement. Furthermore, she responded to every email and phone call quickly and never made it seem like I was not a priority. The judge's final decision during sentencing was FAR less severe than it could or should have been and that was LARGELY due to Patty Smith's diligent work on my case, her genuine belief in me as an individual, and her rapport with the prosecutor and judge. I would recommend her to anyone in my situation.
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Posted by Eddie | March 15, 2016
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Efficient and to the point
Retained Patty through a friend and was very pleased. She was thorough, efficient, and to the point. She didn't tell "what I needed to hear". She told me all the pros and cons of my case. I was very pleased with the outcome in, I believe, against a tough judge.
Posted by Steve | March 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer, Great Person, An Asset!
I was referred to Patricia by a trusted friend to handle my legal issues. I have no regrets whatsoever; Patricia is professional, knowledgeable, prompt, and guided me effortlessly through the legal system. It is the first time I ever dealt with a lawyer who truly cared about the outcome and pulled no punches when predicting outcomes. Patricia has my highest recommendation!
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2016
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OVI in Ravenna
Patty was recommended to me for my OVI after calling various attorneys and legal departments. As someone who has never been arrested before Patty was able to explain the whole process to me. She answered my various questions and explained my rights properly. She built a defense with information I provided and was able to persuade the judge into giving me a lesser sentence.
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Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2015
Exceptional Attorney
Patty, is extremely profession & knowledgeable. She keeps her clients informed throughout the entire legal procedure. I couldn't imagine having anyone else represent my legal issues. Thank you for your services.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Patricia J. Smith, Attorney at Law
  • 1997 - Present
  • Felony Attorney
  • Ashtabula County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Assistant Prosecutor
  • Ashtabula County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Juvenile, Felony and Appellate attorney
  • Cuyahoga County Public Defender Office
  • 1993 - 1997
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Education

  • Cleveland State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • CONVICTION VACATED – 8th Appellate District Court of Appeals
  • Conviction Vacated
  • State of Ohio v. Nolan
  • Affirmed in part; reversed in part and remanded
  • State of Ohio v. Barkley
  • Reversed and Remanded
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Associations

  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2015 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Ohio State Delegate
  • 2011 - Present
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2008 - Present
  • Portage County Bar Association
  • Certified Grievance Committee
  • 2008 - Present
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Awards

  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Best DUI Attorney
  • Best DUI Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Serious Science for Serious Lawyers Blood Drug Analysis
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2016
  • NHTSA/ARIDE Completion
  • LaPier and Associates
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Completion NHTSA Field Sobriety Testing
  • Anthony Palacios
  • 2014
  • Mastering Scientific Evidence
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2013
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Publications

  • National College for DUI Defense
  • City of Cinncinnati v, Ilg
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Advanced DUI seminar
  • 2018
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Advanced DUI seminar
  • 2017
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Advanced DUI seminar
  • 2016
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Advanced DUI Seminar CLE
  • 2015
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Advanced DUI CLE Seminar
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (7)
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Probate Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Worked on a pro bono matter with Patty. She genuinely cares about clients and is a great attorney to work with on a variety of matters."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I consistently see Patricia at the "Top Tier" DUI seminars in the state of Ohio and Nationally. She learns the cutting edge arguments from the best lawyers in the country to get great results for her clients. She is reasonably priced and a true warrior in the DUI Defense community !"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patty is a highly skilled attorney who works hard to ensure a positive resolution for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Smith works hard for her clients and absolutely knows the laws applicable to her clients situations. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patty represents the highest level of experience and professionalism. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Smith is a strong advocate for her clients. She is passionate about the practice of law which is evident every time she steps foot in a courtroom."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patty is the rare combination of highly competent lawyer who cares deeply for her clients. I feel so strongly about her competence and motivation that I recommended her for Ohio Delegate to the National College for DUI Defense -www.NCDD.org- a position she now holds. I have asked her to join me in writing a brief in a VERY IMPORTANT DUI case -State v Ilg- now pending in the Ohio Supreme Court. As a Sustaining Member of the NCDD and DUI Chair for the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - www.OACDL.org- I look forward to continuing to work with Patty to raise the bar of competence in the criminal defense and DUI area. I know Patty will strive to represent you in a highly competent and very through manner. You can take that to the bank."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patricia has many years of practice and now has turned her talents to the defense of those charged with driving under the influence.I have had the pleasure of evaluating her skill in the premier DUI trial skills college in Cambridge Mass.and a very intensive science seminar in New Orleans.On both of these occasions Patty's considerable legal background provided her with the foundation to both absorb the large volume of material,and to perform at a level only enjoyed by Lawyers who have an interest and love of their profession.Patricia Smith is an asset to her bar,and will fight diligently for her clients"
Appeals Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know and worked with Patty over the past 5 or 6 years and have found her to be extremely competent and very caring about the clients that she represents."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Patty knows her stuff!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patricia is a skilled and knowledgeable attorney. I would recommend her to any of my clients in her area."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first met this lawyer at Harvard Law School for the Summer Session of the National College for DUI Defense. She is smart and well-spoken, and her commitment to the field of DUI defense is shown by her attendance there. She is among the best in the country."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Patricia J. Smith though our mutual association in the National College for DUI/DWI Defense, which is the premier organization of drunk driving lawyers in America. Patricia J. Smith has the knowledge necessary to aid those who face hard legal issues in the drunk driving field. If you or someone you know or love faces a DUI/DWI charge in the greater Cleveland area, you should contact Patricia J. Smith without delay because time on these matters is often so critical. I endorse this lawyer."
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