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Jesse W. Smith

Associate Attorney


Jesse Smith joined Hanft Fride as an associate in August 2022 and is licensed to practice in Minnesota.  Prior to attending law school and joining Hanft, Jesse worked for almost a decade at his family’s small business in the Twin Cities, which highlighted numerous intersections with the law and motivated him to pursue a legal education.

At the University of Minnesota law school, Jesse enjoyed a variety of practical legal experiences, including working directly on human rights cases across the US with the law school’s Human Rights Litigation Clinic, and internships with a death penalty appeals attorney, an internet domain name arbitration company, and a risk management/compliance company.

He is excited to use his experiences to assist small and family-owned businesses in any legal issues they face, particularly those in the areas of business formation and operation, contracts, litigation, and estate planning.


A.A., Inver Hills Community College

B.A., University of Minnesota- Twin Cities

J.D., University of Minnesota Law School


Minnesota State Bar Association

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Minnesota Journal of Law, Science, and Technology – Note and Comment Editor

Experience/Community Activities:

University of Minnesota Law School Human Rights Litigation and International Advocacy Clinic – Certified Student Attorney

University of Minnesota Law School LAW 3000: Introduction to American Law and Legal Reasoning Course – Teaching Assistant



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