J. Dustin Smith

Senior Attorney

Wins result from more than just in-court advocacy, says Dustin Smith.  They flow from a sound strategic approach and tactical decision making.  With a proven track record of success, Dustin is recognized as one of Indiana’s top litigators.

Dustin Smith serves as a Senior Attorney at MDK, specializing in managing an extensive foreclosure portfolio while also overseeing all appellate and complex litigation for the Indiana practice. Since joining MDK in 2015, Dustin has become an integral part of the firm, contributing significantly to its success.

In his day-to-day work, Dustin handles various aspects of the foreclosure process including, but not limited to, reviewing title reports, preparing foreclosure complaints, communicating with clients and borrowers concerning loss mitigation, preparing judgments, attending hearings, reviewing sale documents, and preparing post-sale motions. His adaptability and creative problem-solving skills are his greatest strengths, allowing him to overcome challenges and provide timely results for clients. Whether dealing with pro se borrowers, litigious defense attorneys, or internal processing issues, Dustin consistently finds innovative solutions.

Dustin's commitment to collaboration extends beyond MDK. While he is continuously engaged with members of MDK's Indiana team to refine processes and procedures, he also collaborates with experts outside of MDK to stay informed about industry trends. As he states, "I routinely consult with counsel from outside firms to keep my finger on the pulse of what is happening with other firms in our industry and to learn how they are handling various obstacles in our area of practice."

Outside his legal responsibilities, Dustin is an active member of the Indiana State Bar and has contributed various articles to MDK’s blog, The News Break. Reflecting on his professional aspirations, Dustin emphasizes, "In my professional career, I would like to be known as someone who practiced law the right way – with compassion, a high level of competence, and respect for others."

Dustin's connection with MDK's mission and values is evident in his approach to his work. He sees the mission statement as a commitment to innovation and improvement, stating, "the mission statement is all about looking for ways to bring something new and valuable to the firm, to the area of practice, or even to our standard processes and procedures. It’s about maintaining a culture that is always looking to progress and improve.” Among the firm's values, creativity and respect resonate most with him, as he constantly seeks new ways to exceed client expectations and acknowledges the unique contributions of each team member.

A cum laude graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law, Dustin's academic achievements include membership in the Law Review and Moot Court. His passion for learning, advocacy, and commitment to practicing law with compassion and competence defines Dustin Smith as an exemplary attorney and trusted advocate for his clients.

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Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2010
University of Southern Indiana, B.A.S., cum laude, 2006

Related Experience

Appellate and Major Motions Consumer Litigation Defense Foreclosure Prosecution Title and Closing

Bars & Courts

United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana Indiana, 2010

Title Agent Licensure