Kim R. Smith


  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • The Ohio State University, M.A., summa cum laude
  • Muskingum University, B.M., magna cum laude


  • Pennsylvania, 1995
  • New Jersey, 1995
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U. S. District Court, Middle District of PA
  • U. S. District Court, District of NJ


  • Pennsylvania Rising Stars
  • Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce - Athena Award Recipient (2004)
  • Central Pennsylvania Business Journal - Woman of Influence (2011)
  • Legal Intelligencer - Woman of the Year (2014)
  • Distinguished Alumni Service Award, Muskingum University (2015)


  • Labor and Employment Relations Association - Central Pennsylvania Chapter
  • American Association of School Personnel Administrators
  • Pennsylvania Association of School Personnel Administrators
  • National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys
  • Pennsylvania School Boards Solicitors Association
  • Lancaster Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association


  • "Navigating Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act and the Creation of a New Protected Class", 2017 Barley Snyder Employment Seminar (April 2017)
  • "Workplace Bullying: Applying School Law in an Employment Context", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (May 2016)
  • "Joint Employer Relationships and the impact of Subcontracted Employees on the Employment Relationship with School Districts" (April 2016)

Community Involvement

  • Lancaster General Health, board of trustees
  • Lancaster General Health, Gingham Gala co-chair; ABBCI development committee
  • Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, capital campaign co-chair
  • Lancaster Theological Seminary, board of trustees member
  • Moravian Manor, former chair, board of trustees
  • Labor and Employment Relations Association, Central Pennsylvania Chapter, past president
  • Lancaster Bar Association, former president
  • Leadership Lancaster, former chair, board of directors
  • Messiah College, former member of board of trustees
  • Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences; former member of board of directors and executive committee
  • Lancaster General Health Foundation, ABBCI Development Committee
  • Lancaster County Community Foundation, former member, board of directors and executive committee
  • Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry, past board of directors chair

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Kim R. Smith

Of Counsel(717) 208-8836
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Kim Smith is a member of the firm’s Education Law group and Employment group, offering extensive experience representing public school entities and private sector employers.  

As an education law attorney, Kim serves a variety of school entities as solicitor of record, general counsel and/or special counsel for labor and employment matters. She works closely with public sector clients in a full range of legal matters, including governance/leadership, general business issues, student services, and employment and labor law issues. Kim has developed a strong reputation as an effective advocate and trusted advisor with a thorough understanding of the unique challenges facing educational institutions in labor-related matters.  She frequently is engaged as special counsel to assist with collective bargaining, grievances and arbitrations, and disciplinary proceedings.  
As an employment law attorney, Kim offers full service representation to private-sector management clients, including advisory and remedial assistance on a broad range of matters.  She routinely assists with day-to-day employment law matters, such as employee handbooks and policies, employment agreements, restrictive covenants, separation agreements, disciplinary matters, safety and compliance issues, unemployment compensation, workplace investigations, and other general employment-related issues.  
Kim has extensive experience representing both private and public sector clients before local, state and federal boards, including defense against discrimination complaints, unemployment compensation appeals and labor relations.
Prior to attending law school, Kim worked in elementary and secondary education as a public school teacher and also in higher education as a dean of students.