Welcome to Smith and Hale LLC, a Central Ohio law firm that specializes in land use, zoning, annexation and real estate development law.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend - and mentor - Ben W. Hale, Jr. We cannot escape the past, none of us can, nor do we at Smith & Hale LLC seek to. Our foundation and structure were built by Harrison W. "Bill" Smith and Ben together, and it is by their principles that we were all taught, as their law clerks, associates, and partners.

We are committed, through hard work, relationship building, and perseverance, to continue today and forever this legacy and tradition of excellence in service to our clients, and trustworthiness to all. At Smith & Hale our word is truly our bond.

Ben Hale was the embodiment of everything a lawyer - and a man - can be. Striving to his example makes us each better. Ben never forgot his West Virginia roots; loved and respected his parents; was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather; maintained many close friendships that started in elementary school - maybe because he repeated third grade; and across decades of public service, and a very public practice of law, earned the reputation of integrity, wisdom, and practical problem solving.

Ben is missed, by us and so, so many others.

We recognize the blessing in having learned and practiced beside such great men.



Smith and Hale LLC      37 West Broad Street, Suite 460      Columbus OH 43215

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