Stephen J. Smith

Columbus
T 614.559.7258
F 614.464.1737
10 West Broad Street
One Columbus Center, Suite 2300
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3484

Stephen represents public entities in economic development, land use planning and general municipal issues.  His practice encompasses all aspects of municipal law including zoning and land use, eminent domain, administrative appeals, public records issues, public contracts and law enforcement issues.

Stephen currently serves as the law director for the City of Grove City, Village of Obetz and as assistant law director for the City of Dublin.  He teaches Local Government law at Capital University Law School.

Representative Matters

Appointed by the City of Reynoldsburg as Chairman to the Ad Hoc Committee to Review Reynoldsburg’s Code of Ordinances, Chapter 505 (2014).

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star®, 2013
  • Friend of Education Award, Central Region of Ohio School Boards Association

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association (OMAA)
  • International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA)
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • The Buckeye Ranch Foundation, Member, Board of Directors
  • Dublin Irish Festival, Committee Member and Token Manager
  • Grove City High School Alumni Golf, Committee Member
  • Leadership Dublin, Class of 2012 
  • Agonis Club of Columbus, Former Board Member and Vice President
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Central Ohio Chapter, Former Board of Directors

Non-FBT Publications and Events

Speaking Engagements

"Home Rule," Mayors Court Training, Ohio Municipal League, October 2017.

"Mayor's Court, Question & Answer," Mayors Court Training, Ohio Municipal League, October 2017.

"Use of Magistrates, Court Decorum and Ethics," Mayors Court Training, Ohio Municipal League, January 2017.

"Court Procedures," Mayors Court Training, Ohio Municipal League, January 2017.

“Mayor’s Court Operation – Q&A,” Mayors Court Training, Ohio Municipal League, November 2016.

“Mayor’s Court Operation – Q&A,” Mayors Court Training, Ohio Municipal League, October 2016.

“Liability of Municipalities and Municipal Officials,” Ohio Municipal League, Newly Elected Council Seminar, February 2016 (Independence, Ohio).

“Village Council Powers and Procedures,” Ohio Municipal League, Newly Elected Council Seminar, February 2016 (Independence, Ohio).

“Liability of Municipalities and Municipal Officials,” Ohio Municipal League, Newly Elected Council Seminar, February 2016 (Mason, Ohio).

“Village Council Powers and Procedures,” Ohio Municipal League, Newly Elected Council Seminar, February 2016 (Mason, Ohio).

“Charter vs. Statutory Government (Home Rule),” Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association, 2016 Spring Municipal Law Seminar, March 2016.

“Village Council Powers and Procedures,” Ohio Municipal League, Newly Elected Council Seminar, February 2016.

"Court Procedures," Mayors Court Training, Ohio Municipal League, February 2016.

"Use of Magistrates, Court Decorum and Ethics," Mayors Court Training, Ohio Municipal League, February 2016.

"Court Procedures," Mayors Court Training, Ohio Municipal League, January 2016.

"Use of Magistrates, Court Decorum and Ethics," Mayors Court Training, Ohio Municipal League, January 2016.

“Social Media and Public Records” Mayors Court Training, Ohio Municipal League, October 2015.

“Social Media and Public Records” Mayors Court Training, Ohio Municipal League, August 2015.

"Home Rule," Ohio Municipal Attorney's Association ("OMAA") Municipal Law Institute, July 2015.

“Zoning/Annexation,” Ohio Municipal Clerks Association (“OMCA”) Annual Institute, July 2015.

Moderator for Panel Discussion on “Local Government Decision Making - Roles of Council and Administration,” Ohio Municipal Clerks Association (“OMCA”) Annual Institute, July 2015.

"Rules of Council - Meetings & Executive Sessions" 2015 Mayors Association of Ohio Annual Conference, June 2015.

Social Media and Public Records” Mayors Court Training, Ohio Municipal League, June 2015.

“Economic Development and Land Use” Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association (“OMAA”) 2015 Spring Municipal Civil Law Seminar, March 2015.

"Court Procedures" and "Use of Magistrates, Court Decorum and Ethics," Mayors Court Training, Ohio Municipal League, January 2015.

Conducted a training session on “Public Records, Open Meetings and Ethics” for Council Members and Staff for the City of Cleveland, December 2014. 

“Public Rights Issues,” National Business Institute (NBI) Legal Issues Involving Local Governments, November 2014.

"Offenses Against Property & Other Minor Misdemeanors" and "Sentencing Alternatives Available,” Mayors Court Training, Ohio Municipal League, November 2014.

“Municipal Law – Changes and New Developments” Ohio Municipal League (“OML”) 63rd Annual Conference, October  2014.

“Home Rule” Ohio Legislative Service Commission (“LSC”) Constitutional Conundrums. September 2014.

"Offenses Against Property & Other Minor Misdemeanors" and "Sentencing Alternatives Available,” Mayors Court Training, Ohio Municipal League, June and August 2014.

"Ethical Considerations for Consultants," Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police ("OACP") Advisory Services Policy Committee, Annual Consultant Training Session. May 2014.

“Municipal Law,” 2014 Ohio Municipal Clerks Association (“OMCA”) Spring Conference/Institute. April 2014.

“Council Powers and Procedures” and “Liability of Municipalities and Municipal Officials,” Ohio Municipal League, Newly Elected Council Seminar, March 2014.

“Gun Control in Municipalities,” Ohio City/County Management Association ("OCMA"), 2014 Winter Conference, February 2014.

"Court Procedures" and "Use of Magistrates, Court Decorum and Ethics," Mayors Court Training, Ohio Municipal League, January and February 2014.

"Second Amendment," Ohio Municipal Attorney's Association ("OMAA"), December 2013.

"Ohio Municipal Law," Ohio Municipal Clerks Association Fall Institute, October 2013.

"Home Rule," Ohio Municipal Attorney's Association ("OMAA"), July 2013.

“Public Records and Records Retention,” Central Ohio Association of Mayor’s Court Clerks, 2013.

“Offenses Other Than Traffic,” Mayors Court Training, Ohio Municipal League, 2013.

"Court Procedures" and "Use of Magistrates, Court Decorum and Ethics," Mayors Court Training, Ohio Municipal League, 2013.

CCW: Ohio's Concealed Carry Law, 2013 Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Conference and Trade Show, February 27, 2013.

"Court Procedures" and "Use of Magistrates, Court Decorum and Ethics," Mayors Court Training, Ohio Municipal League, 2010-2012.

"Court Decorum, Ethics & Procedures," Mayors Court Training, Ohio Municipal League, 2010-2012.

"Attorney-Client Privilege," 2012 CLCCA (County Loss Control Coordinators Association)/OPRIMA (Ohio Public Risk Management Association) Fall Meeting, September 21, 2012.

"Open Meetings and Public Records," Newly Elected Mayors Workshop, Mayors Association of Ohio Conference, June 27, 2012.

"Liability Issues," North American Irish and Celtic Festival Organizer Conference, Dublin, Ohio, April 2, 2012.

"Public Construction Seminar," Co-presenter, Columbus, Ohio, September 9, 2011.

"Supreme Court of Ohio's July 2011 decision: Timothy T. Rhodes v. City of New Philadelphia" and "July Amendment of Ohio's Public Records Act:Codified," Administrative Law Conference, Ohio State Bar Association, September 7, 2011.

"HB 158 (Amateur Radio Antennas)," Provided testimony to Ohio House of Representatives Local Government Committee on HB 158, May 10, 2011.

"Public Records," 2011 Spring Municipal Civil Law Seminar, Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association, March 4, 2011

"HB 50 (Type II Annexation)," Provided testimony to Ohio House of Representatives Local Government Committee on HB 50, March 1, 2011.

"Public Records," Mayors Court Training, Ohio Municipal League, December 17, 2010.

"Case Law Update," 2010 Winter Municipal Law Seminar, Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association, December 10, 2010.

"Policy solution to address underage drinking," Panelist, Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Forum, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 21, 2010.

"Liability Issues, Ohio Municipal League Training Seminar, March 2010.

Publications

Co-author, "Recent Developments in Government Operations and Liability: 42 U.S.C. § 1983: First Stop - State Court (Sometimes)," The Urban Lawyer - The National Quarterly Law Journal on State and Local Government Law, Volume 35, Number 4, Fall 2003.

Other Contact Info

Assistant

Cynthia Bickham
Email
T 614.559.7250
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