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Austin C. Smith

Owner of Smith Law Group and of counsel to Fairmax Law, a Service of Jaafar Law Group PLLC

Austin Smith is a litigator who focuses on discharging student loans in bankruptcy.  Mr. Smith's article, The Misinterpretation of 11 USC 523(a)(8), was foundational in articulating the proper scope and application of the student loan non-dischargeability provision of the Bankruptcy Code, and its arguments and reasoning have been adopted by bankruptcy courts all across the country.  Mr. Smith's work on behalf of debtors has been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, NPR, ABC News, Fox News, People Magazine, GOOD Magazine, the National Law Journal, Law 360, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and more.  

Mr. Smith received his J.D. with honors from the University of Maine School of Law in 2014, and is admitted to practice in the State of New York, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the District of Colorado, and the Eastern District of Michigan.   

Prior to his career in law, Mr. Smith was a writer for The Onion.  He is also the author of a satirical novel, The Memoirs of George Sperryhawke, available on Amazon, Audibile, and iTunes. 

After his landmark victories in Campbell v. Citibank, N.A. and Schultz v. Navient Solutions, Inc., demand for Austin's services outgrew his capacity. In an effort to bring his expertise to clients nationwide, Austin has partnered with and joined the consumer firm Fairmax Law as "of Counsel." Austin’s staff may be reached directly at 888-FAIRMAX for consultation, or they can be emailed at austin@fairmaxlaw.com. If you need an analysis, or you feel as though you qualify for our services, please call and ask to speak to one of our attorney.



University of Maine Law School
Juris Doctor, 2014

University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., History, 2005


Bar Admissions

• New York