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Kirby John Smith

Kirby John Smith

Arbitrator/mediator and litigator
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Nevada
Claimed Lawyer Profile

Kirby J. Smith is an accomplished attorney with over 35 years of litigation experience. In addition to his work as a litigator, he has also maintained an active mediation and arbitration practice, having served as a neutral on hundreds of cases in the areas of business and commercial, employment, real estate and personal injury law. As a result, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as a full-time mediator and arbitrator with Advanced Resolution Management.

For 32 years Kirby was a partner and commercial litigator at Nevada’s largest and most prestigious law firm, Lionel Sawyer & Collins. During that time, he was also a member of the firm’s labor and employment practice group and ADR group. While there, Kirby focused on employer representation, commercial litigation, Worker's Compensation and personal injury defense cases. Previously, Kirby represented plaintiffs in personal injury cases as well. Having had opportunity to represent both sides throughout the course of his career enables Kirby as a mediator and as an arbitrator to offer a well-rounded perspective on the cases that come before him.

In 2015, he opened his own firm, continuing his practice with an emphasis on ADR, and his litigation expertise. Kirby’s dedication to the many ADR court programs throughout the state of Nevada is commendable. As a result, he is often praised for his commitment to settling cases. He is known for his unwavering work ethic, as he will follow up with the parties for as long as it takes, constantly offering new and creative solutions in order to obtain a settlement. One attorney on a recent mediation praised “He was very smart and has the ability to keenly and quickly narrow down the issues to get the parties to arrive at a settlement.”

University of Wisconsin – Madison
Ripon College
B.A. (1979) | History Major; Political Science Major; Mathematics Minor
Honors: Summa Cum Laude – Class Rank #1 Phi Beta Kappa
Professional Experience
Advanced Resolution Management
- Current
Nevada Mortgage Modification Mediation program for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Nevada
- Current
Mediator, U.S. District Court’s Early Mediation Program for Section 1983 Inmate Cases
- Current
Kirby J. Smith, Ltd.
- Current
Lionel Sawyer & Collins
Articles & Publications
Smith has published and lectured on employment law, damages, and workers’ compensation issues and taught administrative law at the College of Southern Nevada.
“The Proper Measure of Damages in a Tort Case… (Apparently Can Be Whatever the Trial Judge Thinks It Ought to Be).”
Worker’s Compensation Laws in Nevada
Lionel Sawyer & Collins
Best Lawyers and Best Law Firms
Best Lawyers in America
Employment Law – Management, and Worker’s Compensation Law – Employers ) Best Lawyers (2014-present)
“The Best of the Best in Southern Nevada,”
VegasInc Top Lawyers
Highest Rating AV 5.0 Preeminent
Professional Associations
Nevada State Bar # 414
- Current
American Bar Association
- Current
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
9th Circuit
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Area
  • Arbitration & Mediation
Additional Practice Area
  • Also select litigation involving commercial disputes, personal injury, employmen
Websites & Blogs
Business Website
Advanced Resolution Management
Contact & Map
9562 W. Craig Rd.
9562 W. Craig Road
Las Vegas, NV 89129
Telephone: (702) 907-0557