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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.

Experience

  • Breach of fiduciary duty under workers’ compensation

    Defended a client against a claim of breach of fiduciary duty under Ohio workers’ compensation laws governing self-insured employers. Secured a favorable settlement and avoided re-opening workers’ compensation claim against client.

  • Medical marijuana cultivation license

    Represented a client seeking a medical marijuana cultivation license that was denied and secured an administrative victory overturning the denial.

  • Unanimous ruling against controversial ballot issue

    Represented the Ohio Renal Association and defended against a controversial ballot issue related to the provision of dialysis services, receiving a favorable 7-0 ruling from the Ohio Supreme Court. The petitioners, who represented out-of-state interests, collected signatures to place an industry-altering price control measure in the form of an amendment to the Ohio Constitution on the November 2018 ballot. However, using state-of-the-art technology built by the firm, as well as the experience of numerous attorneys, Bricker's legal team proved that the petitioners violated Ohio law, disqualifying the issue from voter consideration. From reviewing ballots, analyzing petition signatures and serving as county counsel with local boards of elections to researching and analyzing the applicable laws and representing the client before the Court, more than 80 Bricker team members played a role in this substantial victory. 

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

Education

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