Melissa Szozda Smith, CIPP/US


Ohio Attorney General's Office

Assistant Section Chief, Consumer Protection

Melissa Smith joined the Ohio Attorney General’s Office as an Assistant Attorney General in 2008. She primarily focuses her legal efforts around consumer privacy, specifically in multi-state matters related to data breaches. Prior cases include data breaches involving Equifax, Home Depot, and Target and multiple other privacy-related cases. She is currently the Assistant Section Chief of the Consumer Protection Section of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s Office. Prior to her role as Assistant Section Chief, she created, launched, and directed the Ohio Attorney General’s Identity Theft Unit.

Ms. Smith received her Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University and her Juris Doctor and her Master of Arts from the University of Toledo. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio and in the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio.


Contributions by Melissa Szozda Smith

  • Cybersecurity Threats and Legal Considerations In a Post-COVID-19 World: Analyzing and assessing the legal and compliance risks in a remote work environment
    Speaker at Virtual Columbus KnowledgeNet: August 27, 2021
  • Attorney General Enforcement Actions
    Speaker at Columbus KnowledgeNet: November 7, 2019