Kirby J. Smith

Direct Dial: 702-383-8823
Fax: 702-383-8845

Practice Emphasis

Employment law, workers’ compensation; personal injury defense;arbitration and mediation; general litigation.

Professional Experience

Kirby Smith is a partner in Lionel Sawyer & Collins’ Litigation Department and is a member of the firm's  labor and employment practice group and alternative dispute resolution group. His practice emphasis is on employer representation in a variety of employment cases and personal injury defense cases. He also has an active ADR practice and handles other general litigation matters.  He has been with Lionel Sawyer & Collins since 1982 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, and is based in the firm's Las Vegas office.

In the employment law arena, Mr. Smith has represented defendants in FLSA collective/class actions, handled employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and employer retaliation cases before the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Nevada OSHA. Mr. Smith has also litigated hundreds of workers compensation contested claims at all levels including before the Nevada Supreme Court, and provides advice to employers regarding employment law.
In the personal injury field, Mr. Smith has been the managing attorney in Nevada for the target and other defendants in several nationwide product liability and mass tort litigations. He has also represented individual defendants and businesses in a variety of personal injury cases including vehicular accidents, and those with allegations of premises liability, and wrongful death. Previously he represented plaintiffs in personal injury cases as well.
Mr. Smith has an active ADR practice. In addition to offering private arbitration and mediation, Mr. Smith has served as a court appointed arbitrator for many years. He is also a graduate of the AAA University’s 40 hour mediation training program.
Mr. Smith has published and lectured on employment law, workers compensation issues, tort Law, and has taught administrative law at the College of Southern Nevada. Mr. Smith has an AV rating in the Martindale Hubbell directory.

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Nevada
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Clark County Bar Association
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Professional Member, Nevada Self Insurers Association


  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, J.D., cum laude, 1982
  • Ripon College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1979

Bar/Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Nevada
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • District of Nevada
  • Western District of Wisconsin
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals