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Patrick D. Smith

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State Bar Admissions

Iowa, 1993

Federal Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit



Patrick Smith represents public and private employers in a broad spectrum of employment law matters, including employment discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour issues, FMLA, whistle-blower claims, defamation, and union related issues. He represents schools and colleges in claims alleging student civil rights violations, discrimination in education, harassment, and bullying. Patrick’s municipal practice includes, in addition to employment related issues, open meetings and open records compliance and litigation. He also handles cases involving contract disputes and insurance claims practices.
Patrick is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer. He regularly appears in state and federal trial courts throughout Iowa, as well as before the Iowa Supreme Court, Iowa Court of Appeals, and United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He practices before administrative agencies with jurisdiction over employers, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Iowa Civil Rights Commission, and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Patrick litigates cases involving single plaintiffs, multiple plaintiffs, class actions, and collective actions.   

Although a frequent litigator, one of Patrick’s goals is to help his clients avoid litigation. To that end, his practice includes consulting with employers on legal compliance, HR audits, drafting employment policies and handbooks, management training, and internal investigations. He is a frequent presenter on a wide range of employment law topics and is the publisher of the Iowa Employment Law Blog (  

Patrick serves on Bradshaw’s management committee and has served on its compensation committee. Patrick and his wife Sue have seven children.


Drake University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1989)

The University of Iowa College of Law (J.D., with high distinction, 1993)

  • Note and Comment Editor, Journal of Corporation Law, 1992-1993

Professional Memberships and Admissions

American Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
  ‚óŹ Employment and Labor Law Committee
Iowa Defense Counsel Association
Iowa State Bar Association
Litigation Counsel of America (Charter Fellow)
Polk County Bar Association

Sample of Reported Cases



August 15, 2018 - The Best Lawyers in America® 2019

August 15, 2017 - The Best Lawyers in America® 2018

June 30, 2017 - Patrick Smith Presenting at NBI Advanced Employment Law Seminar

July 18, 2016 - Patrick Smith Presents Webinar on Hot Topics in Employment Practices Liability

May 25, 2016 - Defense Verdict for Bradshaw Client in Whistleblower Lawsuit

January 26, 2016 - Court Dismisses EEOC Lawsuit Against Bradshaw Client

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