Adam C. Smith


Practice Focus

Professional Experience

Adam is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department. He focuses his practice on complex civil litigation, including areas such as commercial and business litigation, public utility and energy law, data privacy and cybersecurity, real estate, and labor and employment. Prior to joining McDonald Hopkins, Adam served as a Judicial Staff Attorney for the Honorable Dick Ambrose of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. While in law school, Adam was on the Board of Governors for the Moot Court Team and a research editor for the Journal of Law and Health. Before law school, Adam worked as an operations analyst in the supply chain management group at American Greetings.

Adam is an author of the Data Privacy Solutions blog that provides critical strategies to help businesses minimize the risk of a data breach and prepare for a data breach emergency. 



  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, J.D., cum laude (2011)
  • Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University, B.S. (2007)

State Admissions

  • Florida
  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Florida
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Professional Associations

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (2008-present)        
  • Ohio Bar Association (2008-present)
  • 3R’s Program (2011-present)
  • The William K. Thomas American Inn of Court (present)


  • 600 Superior Avenue, East
    Suite 2100
    Cleveland, OH 44114