Amanda S. Smith

Amanda’s unusual path to becoming a labor and employment attorney began with earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in neuroscience at Allegheny College and Kent State University, respectively.  After determining that a career in science ultimately was not for her, she took a job as a legal assistant following her graduate studies, and immediately fell in love with law.

That first position at a plaintiff’s side labor and employment firm quickly evolved into enrolling in classes at the University of Akron School of Law, where she eventually earned her juris doctor degree, summa cum laude.

Her experience to-date as a management-side labor and employment attorney has led to some lively discussions at the dinner table back home with her father (a police chief) and mother (a former union president).  Amanda has found the work to be both fascinating and fulfilling.  She represents employers in many types of labor and employment matters, including charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ohio Civil Rights Commission and other state fair employment practice agencies.  She also counsels employers on litigation, arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution matters, as well as wage/hour compliance, performance and leave management, discipline, and workplace policies.


Amanda is a native of Falconer, N.Y., near Chautauqua Lake.  She and her husband, Brian, recently welcomed their first child, a son.  Amanda likes to stay active and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, friends and two rescue dogs.  She enjoys running half marathons and recently took up golf at the urging of her husband. 

The Akron resident and her husband are self-proclaimed foodies who can often be found sampling the fare at various Northeast Ohio dining establishments.

Kastner Westman & Wilkins

Effectively managing an organization’s human resources requires a solid foundation.

Such a foundation is comprised of well-conceived human resources policies and practices as well as a keen sensitivity to the external laws and regulations that impact the employer-employee relationship. Kastner Westman & Wilkins, LLC is a management-side labor and employment law firm committed to helping organizations develop that foundation.

Our Practice Areas

We help clients establish a sound foundation for success by providing counsel and representation in the following areas:

  • Affirmative Action Compliance Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Diversity and Inclusion Employee Benefits
  • Employer Counseling Employment Litigation Employment-Related Immigration
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Charges Human Resources Consulting
  • Labor Arbitrations/Negotiations
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Trade Secret/Non-compete Litigation Wage and Hour Issues
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Workforce Management

Our Attorneys

  • James P. Wilkins, Shareholder
  • Kenneth M. Haneline, Shareholder
  • Keith L. Pryatel, Shareholder
  • John W. McKenzie, Shareholder
  • Thomas E. Green, Shareholder
  • Julie A. Trout
  • Amanda S. Smith
  • Olivia M. Hochschwender
  • Travis N. Teare
  • Margaret A. Matejkovic, Of Counsel
  • Kenneth A. Stump, Of Counsel
  • Garvin & Hickey, LLC, Of Counsel
  • FordHarrison LLP, Of Counsel
  • Dean E. Westman, Retired (2013)
  • Harley M. Kastner (1949-2008)

Reaching Kastner Westman & Wilkins

3550 West Market Street, Suite 100
Akron, Ohio 44333

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