Holly M. Olarczuk-Smith

Holly M. Olarczuk-Smith

Burns White Member, Holly M. Olarczuk-Smith, is certified as an Appellate Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association, and has argued before state and federal appellate courts on legal issues involving Professional Liability, Mass Tort, and Transportation. She also defends manufacturers and suppliers in asbestos litigation, and represents railroad companies in cases involving personal and occupational injury, and wrongful death.

A graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, is a Certified Appellate Law Specialist, and is licensed to practice law in Ohio and before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Norther District of Ohio, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

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Areas of Law

  • Appellate
  • Mass Tort and Toxic Tort
  • Railroad Law


  • Cleveland-Marshall College (J.D., magna cum laude, 2000, research editor of The Journal of Law and Health)
  • The Pennsylvania State University, The Behrend College (B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1996)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Ohio
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan


  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • The Defense Research Institute
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys


  • Certified Appellate Law Specialist, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Recognized as a 2015 – 2016 Ohio Super Lawyers®


  • Supreme Court Update: Recent Decisions, Pending Cases, and Future Challenges, Gallagher Sharp Annual Spring Seminar,  May 30, 2014
  • Appellate Practice Essentials, CLE Webcast, Ohio State Bar Association, May 7, 2014
  • Update of Significant Federal and State Appellate Decisions, Gallagher Sharp Annual Spring Seminar, June 2010
  • The Impact of Federal Preemption on Tort Reform Legislation: Litigating Federal Claims in State Court, Are You Alone in the Dessert?, Cutting Edge Toxic Tort Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona, December 2006
  • Co-Presenter, Federal Preemption and State Imposed Medical Criteria in Asbestos and Silica Personal Injury Cases: Are the Odds Against You?, Annual National Silica Litigation Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, September 2006


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