Alex Smith’s practice focuses on defending consumer product manufacturers and law firms in civil litigation. He has extensive experience litigating complex disputes in federal and state courts and has been a member of several trial teams.
As a member of the firm’s Consumer Law and Class Action Practices, Mr. Smith defends clients against consumer class actions. He has represented many of America’s leading manufacturers of food, beverage, personal care, cleaning, and technology products in lawsuits around the country challenging the labeling and advertising of iconic household goods. He has extensive experience navigating consumer class actions through all stages of litigation: he has obtained the dismissal of several consumer class actions; he has defeated class certification in several others; and he has helped steer many consumer class actions to favorable resolutions.
As a member of the firm’s Professional Responsibility Practice, Mr. Smith represents large law firms in a wide range of contexts, including malpractice litigation, disqualification motions and internal investigations. Mr. Smith also has experience representing law firms against claims brought by non-clients, including claims alleging that law firm clients aided and abetted Ponzi schemes.
Mr. Smith also has significant experience in a variety of other areas, including complex business litigation, media and entertainment litigation, and government investigations. He served as a key member of a team that successfully challenged the unlawful diversion of $331 million from a trust fund intended to benefit California homeowners and obtained a writ of mandate requiring the return of these funds. Mr. Smith also maintains an active pro bono practice, in which he has tried a Section 1983 case in federal court, obtained a favorable settlement in another Section 1983 case on the eve of trial and argued an appeal on behalf of a foreclosed homeowner.