Stephen E. Smith
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Stephen E. Smith
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Alternative Dispute Resolution in Construction

The Q&A Series takes a look at Alternative Dispute Resolution with Steve Smith of Goldberg Simpson’s Construction & Insurance Defense Group. Watch as he explains facilitative mediation, discusses why someone may choose for mediation over litigation, and how mediation is handled in the construction community.


Stephen E. Smith is a partner with the firm, with his primary areas of practice in construction, public contracting, corporate law and litigation. A considerable portion of his time is spent as a commercial mediator and arbitrator, being on the Commercial and Construction panels for the American Arbitration Association.

Before joining the firm in 1989, Mr. Smith served the public sector with the United States Army Corps of Engineers for 15 years. In 1983, Mr. Smith became District Counsel, and as senior legal advisor, concentrated heavily in construction claims and disputes.

Mr. Smith earned both his Bachelor of Arts and his law degree from the University of Louisville. He graduated from law school in 1974. He is a frequent lecturer and instructor in all areas of construction project management, federal acquisition and construction claims administration.

Mr. Smith is a member of the Federal, Kentucky, and Louisville Bar Associations, the ABA Forum on The Construction Industry, and a founding member of the Kentucky Bar Association Construction Practice Section. In addition, Mr. Smith is a court appointed arbitrator/mediator by the Administrative Office of the Courts, which includes Jefferson, Fayette, Franklin, Shelby, Anderson, Henry, Breckinridge, Hardin, and Oldham County. 

For the last 15 years, Mr. Smith had devoted a considerable amount of time to his charity, Jarrett’s Joy Cart. The Joy Cart serves the kids struggling with cancer at Norton Children’s Hospital. Founded in 2002 with his friends, Mike and Margaret Wagner, the Joy Cart takes toys, games, gift cards, music and crafts to the kids at the hospital. The group also provides meals to the kids and families as well as for the nursing staff on 7 West once a month.

Mr. Smith currently serves as the Capital Campaign chair for The Center for Women and Families helping to raise $6 million for the renovation, construction and operation of their headquarters and residence hall.

"He is a man for all seasons and whatever life's storms, he strides through them with dignity, grace and an over-abundance of love for all mankind."
-- Tami Cassis, Cassis Dermatology & Aesthetics Center

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University of Louisville School of Law, J.D. (1974)
University of Louisville, B.A.


Kentucky (1974)
U.S. Federal Court (1974)
U.S. Supreme Court (1974)


Mr. Smith works in multiple practice areas at Goldberg Simpson.

The Construction Practice Group offers a complete spectrum of legal services to the industry. Attorneys in this practice group have been professionally trained and certified as construction arbitrators and construction mediators in addition to maintaining traditional litigation and arbitration practices. They endeavors to use all forms of alternative dispute resolution to bring rapid closure to construction related disputes without getting bogged down in the delay and expense of a trial. Learn more

The Insurance Law Defense Group concentrates efforts on Tort Defense, Claims Defense, and Coverage Analysis and Litigation. It also has extensive experience in claims litigation and settlement — specifically in mediating and litigating motor vehicle, premises, product, food and restaurant, trucking, transportation, industrial, construction, environmental, and other general liability claims. This includes analysis and litigation of both coverage and bad faith issues in Kentucky. Learn more


  • Super Lawyer 2008 – Present
  • Best Lawyers in America 20016 and 2017
  • Featured in Louisville Magazine Best Lawyers in Louisville in Construction, Non-Domestic Arbitration, and Mediation for the last 5 years


  • Founder and Active Participant in Jarret’s JoyCart, a charity serving the pediatrics cancer ward at Norton Children’s Hospital
  • Capital Campaign Chair for The Center for Women and Families
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation, fellow
  • Delta