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Jeffrey D. Smith

Partner, Cleveland
t: 440.838.8800
f: 440.838.8805


Jeff Smith is a partner in the Cleveland office and a member of the firm's Employee Benefits Practice Group. He works with clients to create, implement and maintain their retirement and health plans.

He also advises employers on the impact of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), as well as Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (MEWAs) and Voluntary Employer Beneficiary Associations (VEBAs).

While in law school, Jeff served as Executive Notes Editor and earlier as Associate Editor of the Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine. He has been selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Stars five times. He has also been listed in Best Lawyers since 2017.

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (2016 – 2021)
  • Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star 
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (2020)

Professional Activities

  • Ohio State Bar Association

Community Activities

  • Symphony West Orchestra



Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • "Current Leave Issues and New Paid Leave Tax Credit" - Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • “The Affordable Care Act:  Ten Things You Need to Know"
  • “Healthcare Reform Check-up: Key Concerns for Employers"


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