Attorneys Amanda Martanovic and Dustin Smith have been named as new shareholders at Roberts, Matejczyk & Ita (RMI).
“Our firm and clients have been well served over the past years by Amanda and Dustin’s diligent work ethic, knowledge of the law and commitment to excellence. The promotion to shareholders is a well-deserved step in their careers and marks an exciting development in RMI’s continued growth in the insurance subrogation field,” noted RMI managing shareholder Glenna Roberts.
Attorney Amanda Martanovic has led the auto subrogation division at RMI for the past several years.
In addition to managing a team of experienced counsel and legal assistants, Amanda has litigated cases in every county in Ohio. Throughout the years, Amanda has successfully litigated various types of subrogation claims with a focus on automobile cases. Her cases have involved complex issues that relate to underinsured and uninsured motorist claims, medical payments, parental liability, rental/loaner car liability, trucking, and coverage disputes.
Amanda has been recognized nationally in the subrogation industry. For the past four years, the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) selected Amanda as an Automobile Track Leader for the association’s national conference. In that capacity, she oversaw the annual conference auto subrogation sessions and assisted with program curriculum. Amanda has also been a past presenter on automobile subrogation topics at the annual conference. She holds a CSRP designation from NASP, awarded to industry professionals who have met stringent academic and experience requirements followed by passing a comprehensive examination of subrogation topics.
Amanda obtained her undergraduate degree in Political Science and History from Miami University. She obtained her J.D. from Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2014. Prior to joining RMI, Amanda interned in the City of Cleveland’s Law Department assisting with various cases including property damage claims.
Attorney Martanovic first joined RMI in 2013 while completing her legal studies. Amanda learned subrogation from the ground floor up, handling a large case load and litigating assignments throughout the state. In 2018 she was promoted to head the auto division at RMI. In addition to those responsibilities, she also maintains and litigates cases in multiple jurisdictions.
Attorney Dustin Smith
Attorney Dustin Smith joined RMI in 2017 and has had an essential role in the growth of RMI’s property division. His engineering background on losses involving electrical circuits, structural stress analysis, fluid dynamics, and thermodynamics along with a thorough knowledge of the law have made him a premier attorney in the property subrogation field.
After his first couple of months at RMI, Dustin played an integral role in securing a $651,355 jury verdict involving a specialty metals product. Since that verdict, Dustin has consistently litigated a variety of large and catastrophic losses, including but not limited to claims involving death and serious bodily injury. Many of Dustin’s cases involve commercial and residential fires, gas explosions, electrical and mechanical failures, catastrophic water losses, construction defects, structure failures, and product liability claims. On all cases, Dustin’s engineering background has been indispensable.
Licensed in both Ohio and Indiana, he is known for immediate site visits, thorough litigation, and preparation skills. Attorney Smith has also been a presenter at NASP’s annual conference on product liability claims involving water losses.
Dustin obtained his bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2010. During his time at Ohio State, he was a member of the university’s Fundamentals of Engineering - Honors Program.
Dustin obtained his J.D. from Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2014. While in law school, Dustin worked as an assistant to an associate dean and performed academic research on proposed regulations for commercial human spaceflight.
After law school and prior to joining RMI, Dustin developed his experience in a general law practice where he handled a range of different cases, including civil, criminal, probate, and domestic relations matters.
To the benefit of RMI clients, Dustin has combined his education, legal skills and knowledge of the trades, industry standards, regulations, and codes to successfully litigate variousa variety of different large losses and obtain numerous settlements.