Dustin N. Smith

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J.D. 2014 Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio

B.S. 2010 Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (2010)
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Extensive course work in:

  • Electrical circuits
  • Structural stress analysis
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Academic Engineering Project Concepts: structural analysis, propulsion analysis, biofuel selection/stability/control, design of fluid devices to test surface topology with cell adhesion.

Admitted in both Ohio and Indiana

Dustin brings both a passion for the law and an engineering background that makes him a natural fit to the firm's subrogation property division. Licensed in both Ohio and Indiana, Dustin handles property assignments in both states. His knowledge and background with electrical circuits, mechanical issues, structural stress analysis, fluid dynamics and thermodynamics have made Dustin a valuable asset to the firm.

Dustin's unique background in both the legal and engineering fields make him an important asset to clients and the RMI property subrogation team. Prior to entering law school, Dustin worked for a construction company in Columbus, Ohio. Dustin grew up in a legal family, with his father being a long time litigator in Washington County, Ohio.

Representative Cases

  • $227,950.00 Settlement- violations of the National Electric Code resulting in a total fire loss.
  • $651,355.00 Property verdict as second chair handling multiple cross examinations.
  • $145,000.00 Indiana property water loss settlement involving plumbing errors.
  • Significant six digit recovery involving total loss of a structure following an electrician's failure to diagnose damaged circuits during a trouble call.
  • Multiple five digit fire and water loss recoveries resulting from faulty installations, defective products and premature corrosion of supply lines.
  • Lead firm counsel on multiple cases involving structure collapses, roof failures, retaining wall failures and related geotechnical issues.


  • Research Assistant to Associate Dean - Cleveland State College of Law - Academic research with the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee.
  • Freshman Engineering Honors Program -The Ohio State University