Ross V. Smith

Ross V. Smith, attorney at Farrar Bates Berexa

Ross V. Smith




Ross joined Farrar Bates Berexa in 2016. In his practice, he concentrates on government relations and litigation. He litigates in the areas of municipal liability, civil rights, police liability, governmental tort liability, employment law and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defense. Ross also has experience with appellate litigation. Prior to joining the firm, he clerked for the Honorable Jimmy L. Croom in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Western District of Tennessee.

Ross earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2015 from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where he served on the moot court board and as vice president of the student bar association. In 2007, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Tennessee.

A member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Tennessee Lobbyists Association and Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association, Ross is a frequent lecturer at the annual Public Entity Partners’ Risk and Insurance Symposium.


University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 2015
University of Tennessee, Bachelor of Arts in political science, 2007


Tennessee State Courts
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Presentations and Seminars:

Use of Inmates on Work Projects (February 2018)
The Evolution of Sex Discrimination Prohibition Under Title VII (August 2018)
Conducting Internal Investigations (August 2019)
Drug Testing by Public Employers (August 2019)