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
University of Louisville School of Law, J.D. (1974)
University of Louisville, B.A.
U.S. Federal Court (1974)
U.S. Supreme Court (1974)