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Law Offices of

Shannon C. Smith, PLLC

patrick grote

Client Focused. Results Driven.


Patrick comes to us from the world of Finance. After working with business owners to marry their Legal structures to their Financial Plan, Patrick decided that he could best serve his clients by representing them directly. He brings a wealth of contacts in multiple fields, including Banking, Venture Capital, Insurance, and a host of other industries for new and growing business owners. His philosophy is that business owners should be empowered to focus on their strengths and the growth of their business. His drive is to provide the network, contacts, and expertise to remove distractions from a business owner's plate.

Patrick graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2013 and holds his Kentucky License to practice Law. He works primarily with business owners regarding their Structure and Formation, as well as with Employment Law questions and Transition Planning.

Patrick and his wife, Amy reside in Covington, Kentucky, and are avid hikers. Their favorite place to hike with their daughter, Allison, is Red River Gorge just southeast of Lexington, Kentucky, and their next big hiking trip is to Acadia National Park in Bangor, Maine. Patrick also likes to read, and the next three books on his list are The Count of Monte Cristo, Les Miserables, and The Three Musketeers.

**The Law Offices of Shannon C. Smith is not in-house or retained legal counsel for Citi.**

Matthew received his undergraduate degree from Northern Kentucky University and his law degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law. He has experience in both government and private settings. While attending Northern Kentucky University, Matthew worked for State Senator John Schickel as a legislative aid and for Northern Kentucky University’s Vice Presidents Office for Government and Community Relations. While working for the Vice President’s Office, he worked on a strategic plan to secure state and federal funding for the Kentucky Center for Mathematics. 

Matthew has experience in a wide range of legal issues. He worked for the Campbell County Prosecutor’s Office, assisting in the prosecution of felonies committed in Campbell County. Additionally, he worked for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky. He has also worked for two private practice law firms spending his time on domestic issues, criminal defense, and complex civil litigation.

Matthew’s experience of both state and federal governments, his strong aptitude for research, and his experience in a wide range of legal issues allows him to effectively move initiatives forward for clients. His experience allows him the ability to navigate complex policy issues as well as complex legal issues.

Matthew has a strong interest in public policy, community development, and economic development.

Matthew is a member of the Ohio Bar Association.

Shannon Smith

Client Focused. Results Driven.


Shannon is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), Kentucky Bar Association (KBA), the KBA Probate and Trust Law Division, the Young Lawyer’s Division, the KBA Elder Law Division, the Covington Business Council, and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. She is licensed to practice in the state of Kentucky, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. She graduated from Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Shannon finished law school on the Dean’s List and in her final two years competed for Chase Law’s Arbitration team.

Throughout law school, Shannon worked in various Probate courts for Assets International and for Citi in the area of mortgage foreclosures. While at Citi, she assisted hundreds of customers pursue foreclosure alternatives such as modifications or repayment plans. Her role also included helping customers pursue other options such as short sales or a deed-in-lieu. Her work earned her numerous accolades, both for the quality of service she provided and for the manner in which she provided it. Her law firm is not affiliated with Citi, but Shannon currently works for the company as an escalation specialist dealing with customer complaints filed with various governmental agencies.

Currently and throughout her time at Chase, Shannon coached various girls teams throughout the Northern Kentucky community and competed for Louisville Soccer Club’s women’s team.  Prior to attending Chase, she graduated summa cum laude from Morehead State University with a double major in Paralegal Studies and Spanish and a minor in Criminology. During her tenure, she also captained and competed for their Division I Women’s soccer team.

While at Morehead, the Kentucky Society of Washington selected Shannon as their Henry Clay Intern. As a Henry Clay Intern, she worked in Washington D.C. for Senator Jim Bunning in the United States Senate. She also worked the year prior in the Canadian Parliament for Cheryl Gallant. While at each location, Shannon continued to play soccer. Specifically, while in D.C., she played for the Maryland Pride. She finished her undergraduate education abroad in Segovia, Spain. There she completed her Spanish major and played professional soccer.

Shannon has always been committed to excellence in the classroom, soccer field, and workplace – and she now applies that same commitment to her law practice. Most recently, she pursued the Estate and Trust Specialist Designation (CES). Well over a million people, attorneys included, provide estate planning advice; less than 1% of them have earned the CES designation. Shannon is now a member of the 1%. She pursued this designation because she is committed to excellence: excellent legal service and excellent customer service. The slogan of the law offices truly reflects her approach to her practice, “Client Focused. Results Driven.”

Matthew Dusing

Client Focused. Results Driven.


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Law Offices of Shannon C. Smith, PLLC
Main StreetCovington or Louisville, KY41011US
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