Mr. Smith specializes in commercial and business litigation. He has tried major cases (including class actions) in federal courts and in state courts throughout the country. Several of his cases have included appearances before federal and state appellate courts, the California Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the United States. The cases tried by Mr. Smith have covered a broad range of issues, including securities fraud, common law fraud, contracts, federal tax laws, RICO, and constitutional law. He is the Co-Chair of the firm's Securities Litigation Practice Group.
Mr. Smith has represented clients in a number of different industries in securities fraud cases. The industries involved have included computer hardware, software and service, health care, electronics, insurance, equipment rentals, defense contracting and entertainment. Additionally, Mr. Smith has represented accounting firms alleged to have participated with their clients in securities frauds in the savings and loan, insurance, music club, auto parts and real estate industries.