Kent M. Smith


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Attorney Kent M. Smith

Kent is a shareholder at Smith Mills Law.  He is currently serving as President on the firm's Board of Directors and is a co-chair of the firm's workers' compensation practice group.

Kent defends employers and insurance companies in workers' compensation, civil liability and employment law claims in Iowa and Nebraska.  Kent also speaks regularly at the national and local level to trade groups and associations on workers’ compensation, civil liability and employment law issues.  Additionally, he provides in-house consultations to help companies mitigate exposure in workers’ compensation and employment issues.

Kent is involved in many organizations such as DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, Iowa Defense Counsel Association, Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Iowa Self-Insured Association, National Council of Self-Insurers, American Bar Association, Nebraska State Bar Association and Iowa State Bar Association.  He currently is the Workers’ Compensation Specialized Litigation Groups (SLGs) Chair for the Insurance Law Committee of DRI.  He also served on the Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium Steering Committee in 2014.


  • Worker’s Compensation Law
  • Employment Law
  • Trucking, Railroad & General Transportation
  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Legal Mediation


Kent is licensed to practice law in Iowa and Nebraska.  He is specifically licensed in the Southern Federal District Court.  Kent's practice involves administrative law, state law and federal law venues.


Drake University Law School, J.D.

Central College, B.A.

Certified Litigation Management Professional by CLM


Workers’ Compensation SLG Chair for the Insurance Law Committee of DRI
DRI Insurance Law Committee, 2014 to current


Using Valuable Evidence: The Intoxication Defense in Workers' Compensation Trial Tactics, For the Defense, September 2009

Trucking Policyholder’s Duty to Preserve Coverage, Defense Research institute Compendium of the Law of 50 States, 2009


Speaker at National Council of Self-Insurers' Annual Conference on "Covered or Not Covered under Workers' Compensation in a 24-Hour, Mobile Work World," May 2016

Speaker at SEAK on Affirmative Defenses, including the Intoxication Defense, July 2013

Please contact me for a complete list of publications and speaking presentations.

Kent’s many passions outside the office start with his family: a lovely wife, three precocious boys and a cat named Ted the Hero.  Kent and his family love to travel, explore the outdoors and find new adventures.  They enjoy food and the continuous exploration of new food fads and restaurants.  He participates in recreational (old man) slow-pitch and basketball leagues.

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