Amy M. Smith
(304) 933-8137
Office: Bridgeport
J.D. Indiana University
B.S. Butler University
Licensure: DC | OH | WV
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For over twenty-five years, Amy Smith has practiced in litigation, concentrating on appellate, business, energy, and class action litigation.  Ms. Smith has a broad range of litigation experience in both state and federal courts.  She is the leader of the firm's Appellate Team.

Work Experience

1993 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1993-1996 Adjunct Faculty Member, West Virginia University College of Law
1992-1993 Brownstein, Zeidman & Lore, Washington, D.C.
1989-1992 Arnold & Porter, Washington, D.C.
1987-1989 Law Clerk,The Honorable Leroy J. Contie, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure," West Virginia College of Law, Solo and Small Firm Conference, September 2015

Author, "The History and Evolution of Amicus Curiae in West Virginia," The West Virginia Lawyer, July-September 2013

Author, "Supreme Court Holds No Appeal on Denial of Summary Judgment after Trial on Merits," Vol. 30, No. 3 ABA Appellate Practice Journal, Spring 2011

Author, "Mohawk Industries, Inc. v. Carpenter: Signaling the Future of Interlocutory Appeals," Vol. 29, No. 3 ABA Appellate Practice Journal 11, Spring 2010

Co-author, "Class Action Fairness Act of 2005: Federal Jurisdiction, Exceptions to the Exercise of Jurisdiction and Burdens of Proof," 29 Energy & Min. L. Inst. 2 (2008)

Circuit Editor, Superseding and Staying Judgments a National Compendium, ABA 2007

Key Experience

Appeared as counsel of record in several class actions and other complex cases in state and federal court, including gas royalty litigation, oil and gas leasing litigation, gas pipeline litigation, employment discrimination litigation, and wage and hour litigation
Appeared as counsel of record in numerous state and federal appeals involving jurisdictional, procedural and statutory construction issues of first impression

Memberships & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America®
Board of Editors, Appellate Practice Journal, American Bar Association
Appellate Practice Committee, American Bar Association
Section of Litigation, American Bar Association
Appointed to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Committee on the Revision of the West Virginia State Bar By-Laws and Rules and Regulations