Law Office of Robyn Smith
Born and raised in Kentucky, I am a litigator who represents workers against unfair employment practices. I come from a large Kentucky family, so I have spent my entire life listening, advocating, mediating, arguing, and fighting to make even the smallest voices heard. My father was a firefighter and a full-time member of the Kentucky Air National Guard. My mother was a dedicated nurse and teacher. I grew up assuming that everybody’s parents put on uniforms, went to work, and saved other people’s lives all day. From my parents, I learned about the influence a person’s work has on that person’s identity, relationships, and well-being.
Now, as the first attorney in my family, I practice employment law to protect these workers. I represent other people’s parents, children, spouses, brothers, and sisters. Kentucky’s workers are her greatest resource, and I fight to ensure that they work in safe places and enjoy dignity, respect, and fair compensation for their efforts. Often this can be accomplished through focused discussions, negotiations, and compromise, but sometimes it requires resort to Kentucky’s courts. I take cases to trial when settlement is not possible.
I have represented workers in litigation against massive institutions, both public and private. All of those employers can follow the law and do the right things for their workers — and the civil justice system sometimes proves to be the only means to that end. From the whistleblower raising serious patient safety concerns at a local hospital to the secretary struggling every day to endure unspeakable indignities at the hands of a supervisor, workers deserve the full protection of federal and state laws. Those laws do not enforce themselves, so those workers deserve hard-working advocates to protect their rights and livelihoods.
I live in this community with my spouse and two children. We make regular pilgrimages to mountains, river gorges, and the MLB ballparks and oceans of the world. We participate in activities that benefit children, veterans in crisis, and animals. I am active in the Brandeis Inn of Court, Legal Aid's Together Lawyers Can Program, and several volunteer efforts for law and education.
Pro Bono Champion, 2020, Inaugural Recipient from Kentucky’s Legal Aid groups for training and deployment in service of COVID-19 displaced workers
Plaintiff Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2018 Runner-Up, Kentucky Trial Court Review
SuperLawyer® Rated: Employment Litigation (Plaintiff)
Coach, Brandeis School of Law Client Counseling Team
Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession, Louisville Bar Association, June 2019
How to Be What You Can’t See: The Non-Traditional Lawyer, Brandeis School of Law, February 2020
Together Lawyers Can: COVID-19 Unemployment Appeals Training Course, May 2020
Business Law – Masters Level & Undergraduate
Law for Accountants
Kentucky Supreme Court
Virginia Supreme Court
Eastern and Western District of Kentucky
Southern District of Indiana
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court
Juris Doctor – University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law (cum laude)
Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Business, Economics, and Public Policy – Indiana University (highest distinction)
Adam was born in Ashland, Kentucky. He was raised by a single, full-time working mother and a loving grandmother. Adam is the first attorney in his family, a proud descendant of steelworkers and a multi-generational Eastern Kentucky family.
After graduating law school, Adam moved back home, practicing in Huntington, West Virginia for a defense firm. A former clerk for Robyn before joining her practice as an associate, Adam missed representing workers in Appalachia in a myriad of disputes with their employers, including gender discrimination, race discrimination, age discrimination, disability discrimination, pay equity, and whistleblower retaliation.
While in law school, Adam was involved in cooperative business development throughout the Louisville area. He worked closely with law school faculty on various legal and research projects to support cooperative growth. This routinely took the form of creating resources to inform individuals about what cooperatives were and how they could be legally structured.
Recently, Adam helped organize a Start-Up weekend competition that supported new businesses, including several budding cooperatives. He looks forward to continuing to support businesses that are truly attuned to their community’s needs. Adam truly believes that cooperatives allow one of the most equitable relationships between work and the individual.
Adam earned his J.D. from University of Louisville in 2020, and his B.A. in English from Centre College in 2017. Adam lives in Kentucky with his wife and two cats. In his free time, Adam likes to read, cheer for the Reds, and tend to his numerous house plants.
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