Bryan M. Smeenk

Bryan maintains a varied practice, focusing on litigation and appeals. His appellate work includes briefing on construction, education, banking and financial services, election and class action matters. He regularly drafts briefs in Ohio’s district courts of appeals and before the Ohio Supreme Court, including amicus, jurisdictional and merits briefing. Colleagues and clients also consult him for strategy and briefing assistance at the trial-court level.

Additionally, Bryan represents cannabis clients in administrative matters before the Department of Commerce. And he investigates Title IX-related allegations, including sexual abuse or misconduct at colleges and universities. His specific experience includes the Columbus Crew SC case work, and he was part of the litigation team that successfully defeated a ballot initiative aimed at adding kidney dialysis to the Ohio Constitution.

Before joining Bricker & Eckler, Bryan clerked at every level of the Ohio courts. Most recently, he served as a judicial attorney for Justice Judith L. French on the Ohio Supreme Court, preceded by several years as the staff attorney to Judge Charles A. Schneider on the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Community Advisory Board, Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA
  • Legal Advisor, Fairbanks H.S. Mock Trial Team, 2010–2014

Presentations & Published Works

  • Speaker, Marijuana Law, Muskingum County Bar Association, November 9, 2018
  • Co-presenter (with Judge Charles Schneider and Shawn Judge), "Secrets to Winning by Writing: What Judges & Law Clerks Want,” Columbus Bar Association, October 5, 2017
  • Co-presenter (with Judge Charles Schneider, Shawn Judge, and Jackie Bahas), “Secrets to Winning by Writing: What Judges & Law Clerks Want,” Columbus Bar Association, October 4, 2018

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Admitted, State of Ohio, 2007
  • Admitted, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Admitted, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Member, Columbus Bar Association (Common Pleas Court Committee; Barrister Leadership Program Graduate, 2012–2013)
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association; Columbus Bar Association


  • University of Akron School of Law (J.D.), 2007; Assistant Editor, Law Review
  • Ohio University (B.A. cum laude, Psychology), 2004; Phi Beta Kappa