Board Members

Tim Smith


Tim Smith has been practicing law for over 35 years.  He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law and Miami University.

Always dedicated to justice and the disadvantaged, Tim started his career working for Bea Larsen, as a public defender in the Legal Aid Public Defenders office.  Having done more than 200 trials as a public defender, he came to the attention of Leslie Gaines, the most prominent defense lawyer of the time.  Tim worked for Les for several years and partnered with him on some of the most notorious trials of the day, including Percy Wilson, the first televised felony trial in Hamilton County.

This experience launched Tim into a successful private practice specializing in all levels of criminal law—both state and federal, trial and appellate.  His well known cases included representing the leader of the Lucasville prison riot, Siddique Hassan (the largest criminal investigation in the history of Ohio) and Alton Coleman (an infamous interstate serial killer).

In Klein vs. Leis, Tim prosecuted a constitutional claim against the Ohio concealed carry statue which led to its repeal and replacement with a permit system.  His recent obsession was his Swaters vs. Lawson case, which involved the most valuable stolen car in history, a Ferrari, stolen from one of his original first clients.

Tim is a founder of the Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.  He is committed to increasing the quality of private criminal representation.  Annually, he personally sponsors two private young attorneys with a scholarship and stipend to attend the well-known National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia.

Tim is married to Valerie Newell, Chairman of RiverPoint Capital Management.  They have two sons, Andrew, a 2014 UC Law graduate now practicing as an appellate defender in the 2nd District Illinois Court of Appeals in Chicago, and Parker, a Chemical Engineering student at UC.  They live in the historic Licking River district of Covington and love to travel.