Jacob W. Smith

Of Counsel Columbus
Contact Info


Jacob focuses his practice in domestic relations law. This includes advising and litigating on behalf of clients on complex matters involving property division, child custody, establishment and enforcement of child and spousal support, establishment of paternity, international child custody and abductions under the Hague Convention, and preparation of prenuptial agreements.

In addition to his Domestic Relations practice, Jacob advises clients on probate and fiduciary litigation, probate and trust administration, and estate planning. Jacob owned and operated his own law office prior to joining Taft in 2017.

Jacob currently serves as a member of Taft’s Associate Advisory Group. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Capital University Law School and his Bachelor’s Degree at The Ohio State University, where he was a Humanities’ Scholar and a Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honor Society, Zeta Chapter member.


  • Taft Pro Bono Honor Roll Award



  • Capital University Law School (2009)
  • The Ohio State University (2006)


  • State - Ohio
  • Federal - Southern District of Ohio

Speeches and Publications

Contributor, “Family Law 2023 Global Practice Guide: Ohio,” Chambers and Partners, Feb. 4, 2023.

Professional Affiliations

  • Ohio State Bar Association


  • Columbus Bar Association

    Member, Committee on Applicants for Admission to the Practice of Law

Community Involvement

  • The Open Shelter Inc.

    Board Member
    Personnel Committee Chair

  • Easterseals of Central and Southeast Ohio

    Board Member