Matthew D. Smith

Associate | Cleveland

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About Matthew:

As an associate litigation attorney, I work closely with Buckingham partners to support businesses and institutions in Northeast Ohio through intricate legal matters and transactions.  I have a passion for practicing law and finding resolutions to complex issues for my clients. Having worked for two federal district court judges, I have a unique perspective on what it takes to effectively advocate on behalf of my clients.


I believe clients are best served by a lawyer who takes the time to truly listen to their concerns and generate creative resolutions to those concerns. I strive to keep my clients informed through every step of the process to ensure the client is never kept in the dark. I work together with my clients to achieve their objectives in an efficient and effective manner.


Growing up in an entrepreneurial family, I understand and appreciate how important a client’s business is to them. As a result, I will work tirelessly to ensure every client’s goals are adequately taken care of.

  • Joined Buckingham in 2020
  • Summer Associate, Buckingham, 2019
  • Judicial Extern Clerk for the Honorable Michael H. Watson, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Columbus Ohio
  • Judicial Extern Clerk for the Honorable Algenon L Marbley, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Columbus Ohio
  • Law Clerk, Emens & Wolper Law Firm LLP, Columbus Ohio

  • Capital University Law School (J.D., summa cum laude, 2020)
    • Volume 47 Staff Member, Volume 48 Executive Board, Articles Editor, Capital University Law Review
  • Bowling Green State University (B.S., Business Administration, cum laude, 2017)


  • Ohio (2020)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

  • The Best Lawyers in America® “Ones to Watch" list (2024)


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