Alexander M. Smith is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department. He has extensive experience litigating complex disputes in federal and state courts and has been a member of several trial teams.
Since joining the firm in 2014, Mr. Smith has been involved in a wide range of litigation matters.
Trials: Mr. Smith has been a key member of several trial teams, including a team that won one of the Los Angeles Daily Journal’s “Top Defense Results” in a copyright lawsuit against a well-known hip-hop artist.
Appeals: Mr. Smith has briefed appeals in both federal and state courts in California and has argued before the California Court of Appeal.
Pretrial Litigation: Mr. Smith has been involved in litigating numerous cases before trial, with a particular focus on professional liability disputes and consumer class actions. He has briefed motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, oppositions to class certification, and numerous other pretrial and discovery-related motions.
Internal Investigations: Mr. Smith has been involved in several large internal investigations, including an ongoing monitorship and investigation of a large European bank.
Pro Bono: Mr. Smith maintains an active pro bono practice. He has tried a Section 1983 case in the Central District of California, argued an appeal on behalf of a foreclosed homeowner against a major bank, and represented a well-known nonprofit in a breach of contract dispute in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Mr. Smith earned a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2013, where he served as an executive article editor of the Harvard Law and Policy Review, and a B.A. with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Smith clerked for the Honorable William B. Shubb on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.