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Robyn Smith
Louisville, Kentucky
Associate
phone (502) 371-3569
fax (502) 371-9269
email rsmith@derbycitylaw.com

Robyn Smith attended University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. She received her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, in 2008. Robyn received her Bachelor of Science degree with highest distinction in 2005 from Indiana University.

Since being admitted to the practice of law in 2008, Robyn Smith has taken on complex cases dealing with contracts, business conduct, lending, financial institutions, intellectual property, real property, real estate development, construction, civil rights, and personal injury. On behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants, Robyn has worked with the litigation team to secure favorable results – both judgments and settlements – for her clients. The value of Robyn's work to Seiller Waterman's clients surpassed a million dollars before Robyn had completed her first year of practice – and that value continues to climb.

As she believes that true service to her clients includes helping them avoid lawsuits, Robyn also provides her business clients with detailed reviews of their business forms and contracts. Robyn enjoys working with the Seiller Waterman business group to conduct periodic, comprehensive reviews and revisions of business forms. She believes that this allows her clients to incorporate the ever-changing requirements of federal, state, and local law into their business models. In focusing on those issues, Robyn intends to protect her business clients – especially the small businesses on which Kentucky depends – from legal pitfalls.

In addition to her law practice, Robyn remains active in academics, serving as an adjunct economics professor for Indiana University and a writing mentor for Central High School's Law and Government Magnet. When not in the office, Robyn devotes her time and efforts to Junior Achievement, Jefferson County Public Schools, Brandeis School of Law, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and various pro bono civil actions.

Robyn is a lifelong resident of Louisville, where she lives with her young daughter, their two cats, many bookshelves, and a perennially warm kitchen.

Publications and Presentations

DRI Chapter on Trade Secrets, (Co-Author with C. Shawn Fox)


"The Dormant Copyright Clause", Fall, 2008


Articles Editor, University of Louisville Law Review, Volume 46


Member, Brandeis Law Journal, Volume 45


Recognition

Best Brief Award, Fourth Region National Moot Court Competition, 2006


Quarter-Finalist, Fourth Region National Moot Court Competition, 2007


Third Place Regional, Eighth Place National, Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition (with teammate Adam Riley)


Highest Grades in Contracts, Torts, Right of Publicity, and Copyright Law


Academic Support Department Tutor, Civil Procedure


Robert C. Jayes Memorial Award for Humanitarian and Civic Involvement, 2008


Kentucky District Judges' Award for Client Advocacy, 2007


Richard M. Trautwein Scholar


Greenebaum Scholar


Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award


Indiana University's Outstanding Student in Business, Economics, and Public Policy, 2005


Board Member and Fundraising Chair, Brandeis Intellectual Property Association ("The Brand") Executive Editor for The Brand online, www.brandlaw.org


First Place in Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition, American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers


Best Brief Award, Fourth Region National Moot Court Competition, 2006 (with co-author Laura E. Landenwich)


Quarter-Finalist, Fourth Region National Moot Court Competition, 2007 (with teammate Claire E. Parsons)


Memberships

Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
Kentucky Justice Association

Admissions and Courts

Kentucky
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, 2008
J.D.
Honors: Cum Laude


Indiana University, 2005
B.S.
Honors: Highest Distinction
Honors: Best Paper & Presentation Award

Practices

Litigation

Volunteerism

Volunteer Interviewer - University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law Student Bar Association's 1L Prep Program
Published/Notable Cases

Dugle ex rel. Dugle v. Norfolk Southern R. Co., 683 F.3d 263 (6th Cir. 2012)

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