Kastner Westman & Wilkins, LLC (KWW), a northeast Ohio boutique labor and employment law firm representing management exclusively, promoted Amanda S. Smith to Shareholder.
Smith has been with KWW for nearly 10 years. She’s an Ohio State Bar Association-Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law, a National Diversity Council Certified Diversity Professional and serves as KWW’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (“DE&I”) Officer. Smith is a graduate of the University of Akron School of Law, Kent State University (M.S.) and Allegheny College (B.S.).
“In KWW’s nearly 23-year history, Amanda is just the third attorney to progress from associate to shareholder,” said KWW President Jim Wilkins. “We set the bar high and require a demonstrated commitment to providing outstanding service to our clients. KWW clients rave about the service Amanda provides and we understand why. She has developed into an outstanding, well-rounded labor and employment lawyer. She also has embraced and modeled KWW’s values and expectations which define how we treat each other and our clients.”
Smith represents employers in many types of labor and employment matters, including labor negotiations and arbitration, litigation and alternative dispute resolution matters as well as charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and other state fair employment practice agencies. She also counsels employers on DE&I initiatives, wage/hour compliance, performance and leave management, discipline, and workplace policies.
Smith was rated among SuperLawyers’ Rising Stars in 2022. She’s a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and Akron Bar Association, where she’s the Chairperson of the Labor and Employment Section. Smith also serves her community as a board member for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad as well as the Fairlawn Area Chamber of Commerce.
Kastner Westman & Wilkins’ clients range from Fortune 500 companies to smaller regional businesses, and both local institutional employers and public sector entities.
The firm provides employers with counsel and representation in affirmative action compliance, alternative dispute resolution, DE&I, employee benefits, employment litigation, EEOC charges, human resources consulting, labor arbitrations and negotiations, occupational safety and health, trade secret and non-compete litigation, wage and hour issues, and workers’ compensation.