Steven W. Smitham Joins Jennings Strouss as New Chief Operating Officer


Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC, a leading Phoenix-based law firm focused on a variety of practices for business and individual clients, is pleased to announce that Steven W. Smitham, a top law firm administrator, has re-joined the firm as Chief Operating Officer. Smitham, who previously served as Jennings Strouss' Executive Director is returning to the firm after four years of work as the Chief Operating Officer of Chicago-based law firm Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP.

"It is an incredible asset for Jennings Strouss to have someone with this level of experience running our internal operations. Steve has a comprehensive outlook and a substantial history of success within the law firm management arena," said J. Scott Rhodes, Managing Attorney. "We're overjoyed to welcome Steve back into the Jennings Strouss fold and we look forward to his contributions to the firm."

A highly skilled professional and former Certified Public Accountant, Steve has more than 30 years of management experience. Prior to his initial tenure with Jennings Strouss, he was Executive Director at another large Phoenix-based law firm. Steve also served as a Vice President with Bowne Business Solutions and dramatically grew its Arizona business.

"Jennings Strouss has an unsurpassed reputation as a client-focused firm," said Steve Smitham. "I look forward to contributing to the growth of the firm as well as continuing to develop the firm's position as a leader in the mid-sized law firm community."

As Chief Operating Officer, Smitham is responsible for the management and oversight of day-to-day operations, and for the development and implementation of various strategic initiatives. Smitham's responsibilities draw on his expertise in maximizing revenue, controlling expenses, and developing and sustaining an exciting and engaging work environment.

Smitham earned his B.S. in Education from Western Illinois University in 1971, taking post-graduate accounting coursework at both the University of Illinois - Chicago and DePaul University.

About Jennings, Strouss & Salmon
Jennings Strouss is one of the Southwest's leading law firms, providing legal counsel for more than 65 years through its offices in Phoenix and Peoria, Arizona, Washington, DC, and Las Vegas, Nevada. The firm's primary industries of practice include energy, health care, real estate, and technology. For additional information please visit or call 602.495.2704.