Jacob N. Eldemire Smith


How do you achieve success for clients?

I achieve success for clients by fully immersing myself in their legal matters, taking the posture of a student aiming to learn every possible angle of the unique factual and legal issues associated with their cases, and leaving no stone unturned in legal research, written advocacy, and oral advocacy.


Jake Eldemire Smith is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Development, Financing, and Transactions Service Team. He concentrates his practice on commercial lending transactions and the sale, acquisition, leasing, and development of commercial and industrial property in both Kentucky and Indiana. Jake has also assisted with the representation of clients in litigation, including cases involving commercial real estate disputes, contract litigation, constitutional law, tort and insurance defense, and appellate practice.

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  • Drafting deeds conveying real estate to and from businesses, trusts, trust beneficiaries, and individuals.
  • Assisting in the drafting of commercial real estate documents for lenders and owners, including purchase and sale agreements, mortgages, options, leases, ground leases, security agreements, promissory notes, guaranties, intellectual property assignments, and tenant estoppel certificates.
  • Providing local counsel opinions for both Kentucky and Indiana in connection with multi-state loan transactions.
  • Performing commercial title examinations.
  • TAJ Graphics Enterprises, Inc. v. Sills, CA No. 5:07-CV-143-JRW-LLK, 2020 WL 1480725 (W.D. Ky. Mar. 26, 2020). Obtained dismissal of an action in which plaintiff sought over $20,000,000 in damages asserting breach of various contracts, promissory notes, and guaranties executed in connection with the purchase of a landfill and incinerator operation.
  • Representation of commercial clients in real estate disputes, breach of contract litigation, litigation involving constitutional rights, fiduciary litigation, tort and insurance disputes, and construction litigation in the state and federal trial courts of Kentucky and Indiana.
  • Appellate representation of clients in commercial and constitutional disputes in the Supreme Court of Kentucky, the Kentucky Court of Appeals, the Michigan Court of Appeals, and other appellate courts in various jurisdictions.
  • Representation of clients spanning local businesses, professional athletes, and large corporations in prosecuting trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as well as enforcement of established trademark rights.


J.D., magna cum laude, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, 2019

  • Member of the Journal of Law and Education
  • National Moot Court Team competitor

B.S., University of Louisville, 2014 (Business Economics)

  • A four-year starter as an offensive lineman on the Louisville Cardinals football team where he received multiple honors including Freshman All-American, two-time Conference Champion, All-Big East, First Team All-AAC, All-ACC, Team Captain, “Offensive Grinder” Award for work ethic and school record for most games started (51)


  • Kentucky
  • Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.


  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association


  • Summer Associate, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, 2018
  • Graduate Assistant, University of Louisville Athletic Department, 2015 – 2017


  • Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court, Associate Member, 2020-present.


“Employees Injured While Working Remotely May be Entitled to Workers’ Compensation.” Wyatt Employment Law Report, May 2020.