December 01, 2011

Jenner & Block Partner Paul M. Smith has been selected by Law360 as an “Appellate MVP” for 2011.  The MVP awards honor “attorneys whose accomplishments in major litigation or transactions have raised the bar in corporate law this year.” 

The online publication’s co-founder Magnus Hoglund called those named to the MVP list, “legal superstars” who “stood out over the past year for their remarkable achievements.”

In a lengthy profile of Mr. Smith in Law360’s November 29, 2011 edition, it was noted that his win this year in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Brown, et al., v. Entertainment Merchants Association, et al., establishing the First Amendment rights of those who produce and sell video games, was “just one of the victories” that earned Mr. Smith a spot on the list.  In addition, his argument before the Ninth Circuit on behalf of all major motion picture studios against BitTorrent website Isohunt and its owner Gary Fung; serving as Counsel of Record in the U.S. Supreme Court in the long-running General Dynamics A-12 matter; leading the Firm’s team challenging the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in two cases; and Mr. Smith’s key role in the Firm’s victory for client Ventas, Inc., in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, were also highlighted.

The article quoted Michael Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, the trade association for the video game industry, who said he was “particularly impressed with the way Smith deftly parried the justices’ tough questions,” during the oral argument in Brown, while he “always projected a relaxed confidence.”

Mr. Smith is a Partner in Jenner & Block’s Litigation Department and Chair of the Firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice, Co-Chair of the Media and First Amendment and Election Law and Redistricting Practices, and a member of the Content, Media & Entertainment Practice.  He has had an active Supreme Court practice for nearly 30 years, including oral arguments in 14 Supreme Court cases involving matters ranging from free speech and civil rights to civil procedure.  Among his important victories has been Lawrence v. Texas, the landmark gay rights case.  In 2010, Mr. Smith was named one of the "Decade's Most Influential Lawyers" by The National Law Journal and, that same year, he was awarded the significant Thurgood Marshall Award from the American Bar Association.

Please click here to read the full text of the Law360 profile of Mr. Smith.