Robyn Minter Smyers, JD


Partner and Member of the Executive Committee, Thompson Hine LLP

Robyn Minter Smyers is a Partner and Member of the Executive Committee at the law firm Thompson Hine LLP. She previously served as the Partner-in-Charge of the Cleveland office of the firm and as the Chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative. Smyers practices in Thompson Hine’s Real Estate, Construction and Corporate Practice Groups, where she focuses on commercial real estate acquisitions and sales, development, financing, leasing and corporate transactions. Her practice has a focus on shopping center deals, urban redevelopment projects, manufacturing plant developments, hospitality projects and public-private-partnership (P3) transactions.  Prominent Cleveland projects on which Smyers has worked include the development of the Hilton Cleveland Downtown convention center hotel and the redevelopment of Cleveland’s Public Square. Smyers’ practice also focuses on counseling corporations on real estate strategies, dispositions of environmentally contaminated assets and facilities management.

Smyers is known for her advocacy of equity, inclusion, education, civic engagement, community development and the arts. She serves on the Board of The City Club of Cleveland, where she is in her second year as Board President. Smyers also serves on the Boards of The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, the George W. Codrington Foundation and the African American Philanthropy Committee of the Cleveland Foundation. Smyers also is an active member of The Links, Incorporated, an African American service organization. She previously served on the Boards of the George Gund Foundation, the Sherwick Fund, the Cleveland Housing Network (n/k/a CHN Housing Partners) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA). In 2009, Smyers was a co-chair of the campaign for Issue 6 (Cuyahoga County Reform).

Smyers was honored as the 2018 Black Professional of the Year by the Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation and a 2016 YWCA Woman of Achievement. She is included on numerous lists of top lawyers, including the Lawyers of Color 2020 Power List, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America©.

In 1995, Smyers clerked for Justice Albie Sachs on the Constitutional Court of South Africa. From 1991 to 1992, she was a Benjamin Trustman Traveling Fellow in South Africa, where she worked for Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Smyers holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School. She is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Smyers lives with her husband, Bert Smyers, Managing Director of New Heights Research, a market research firm, and their three children, Thomas (age 17), Charlotte (age 14) and Shannon (age 14) in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Her hobbies include photography, travel and being a “soccer mom.”