Jade K. Smarda


Jade’s practice is largely devoted to labor and employment matters, with a focus on Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Family Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. She also litigates non-compete disputes, including related issues pertaining to the ownership and use of trade secrets and other intellectual property. Her experience derives from private practice as well as her time clerking for the Hon. Michael R. Barrett of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, where a significant portion of the docket is comprised of employment-related disputes.

After law school and prior to her federal clerkship, Jade practiced with a boutique litigation firm. She tried multiple cases and gained experience litigating high-stakes matters involving antitrust, civil rights, class action, consumer protection, health care, intellectual property (patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret), international law, labor and employment, professional malpractice, civil RICO, securities, and shareholder disputes. She also developed a robust injunction practice, and successfully obtained emergency relief on behalf of clients in both state and federal courts.


  • University of Dayton School of Law  (J.D., 2009)
    • Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Honors
    • University of Dayton Law Review, Comment Editor
    • Moot Court Board
    • Mock Trial
  • Miami University  (B.A., cum laude, 2006)
    • English Literature
    • French
    • Mock Trial

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio


  • John W. Peck Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, board member and secretary
  • Ohio Women’s Bar Association, member
  • Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation, trustee
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, member
  • Dayton Intellectual Property Law Association, executive committee member
  • University of Dayton, Undergraduate Mock Trial Team, coach
  • South Main Historic Neighborhood Association, Middletown, Ohio