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Harold Palmer Smith III

Harold Palmer Smith III

also known as Peter Smith

Practice areas:

Mediation, Litigation, Real Estate

About Me

In addition to the practice of law, I am active in several non-profit organizations.  I was on the Head Royce School Board of Trustees for 9 years and currently serve as President of the Claremont Country Club.  The experience with these organizations have enhanced my practice in many ways and I have had to deal with critical issues.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1986

  1. Mediation: 60%
    26 years, 250 cases
  2. Real Estate: 20%
    26 years, 500 cases
  3. Litigation: 20%
    26 years, 1.2 thousand cases



Hourly ($375-495/hour)

Payment Types:


Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

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    I worked as co-counsel with Peter through a six-week trial to successfully defend a nationally prominent real estate brokerage firm, a development group and individual brokers for alleged intentional fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and violations of BPC § 17200. Peter was always thoroughly prepared and did a phenomenal job advocating on behalf of his clients. He was aggressive but fair during trial. His briefs were extremely well researched and written and he was concise and persuasive in his witness examinations. I recommend him without qualification.


    Kevin Holl Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

177 Post Street
Suite 700
San Francisco, CA, 94108




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Distinguished Alumnus of the YearHead-Royce School1991

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerDhillon & Smith2006 - Present
PartnerLaw Offices of Harold P. Smith2002 - 2006
PartnerLaw Offices of Stein, Smith, Rudser & Cohen, LLP1997 - 2002
PartnerLaw Offices of Stein & Smith1992 - 1997
Senior AssociateLaw Offices of Birka-White & Stein1989 - 1992
CounselCalifornia State Legislature, Joint Legislative Audit Committee1989 - 1989
Deputy District AttorneyAlameda County District Attorney1986 - 1989


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Claremont Country ClubBoard of Directors2011 - Present
Head-Royce Board of TrusteesBoard Member2004 - 2013
Estuary Plan Advisory CommitteeMember1997 - 1998
General Plan Congress, City of OaklandChair1993 - 1998
Oakland Commerce CorporationBoard of Directors1992 - 2000
Coliseum Redevelopment Advisory CommitteeN/A1992 - 2000
Metropolitan Task Force on Downtown RedevelopmentN/A1992 - 1993
Planning ComissionCommissioner1991 - 1996
Task Force on Community Restoration & Emergency Preparedness, Planning & Zoning CommitteeChair1991 - 1992

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Republican Party of Los Angeles County, et al. v. Barnett, et al.Judge granted motion to strike and dismissed case
Defective Pipe LitigationSettlements
California Waste SolutionsEmployee purchase of business

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Publication NameTitleDate
Oakland Business Review"An Attorney Looks at Downtown Development"1999
Focus on Business, Oakland Chamber of Commerce"The Downtown Revitalization Plan"1994
Oakland Tribune"Oakland Should Consider Mixed-Use Projects Downtown"1992
Alameda County Apartment Owners News Magazine"Are You Covered for Your Contractor's Mistakes?"1992


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
U of San Francisco SOLN/ALaw1986
Harvard UniversityEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1982

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Rail~Volution '98"Balancing Regulations and Incentives: 'Transit Friendly Development'"1998
League of California Cities 1998 Economic Development Conference"Working with Business Groups, Chambers and CBOs to Achieve Economic Development"1998