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Mark W. Smith is the founder of Smith Valliere PLLC.  Mr. Smith’s work in the courtroom has captured the cover of The New York Times and been reported in every major media outlet.  The media calls Mr. Smith “a powerhouse lawyer,” a “rising public intellectual,” “a high-stakes, high-profile Wall Street litigator” and “one of the fastest rising legal stars in the country.”  Mr. Smith has achieved an AV Preeminent Lawyer ranking by Martindale-Hubbell.  He is also a Broadway Tony Awards voter and The New York Times bestselling author of four books.  Mr. Smith is a former Adjunct Professor of Law and a former editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.

Mr. Smith has tried jury and bench trials in state and federal court and has litigated cases involving billions of dollars.  He has tried cases involving complex synthetic derivative financial products, real estate transactions, large corporate raiding efforts, partnership disputes and international commodity trades.  As co-counsel in a federal jury trial, Mr. Smith won a million-dollar judgment in a precedent-setting civil rights case that a cover story in The New York Times proclaimed to be the largest of its kind in New York history.  Mr. Smith tried the largest no-fault insurance trial in U.S. history for $23 million, and currently represents New York rate payers in a multi-billion dollar challenge to New York’s participation in the “cap and trade” scheme called the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.  Mr. Smith also represented Texas state legislators before the United States Supreme Court.

A graduate of NYU Law School, Mr. Smith is a former federal law clerk who started his career as an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and later became a litigation partner at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 65%
  2. Investment Fraud: 20%
  3. Employment: 10%
  4. Intellectual Property: 5%


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Smith Valliere PLLC

75 Rockefeller Plaza
21st Floor
New York, NY, 10019


NYCurrently registered 199603/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent Lawyer Ranking - Intellectual PropertyMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent Lawyer Ranking - Labor & EmploymentMartindale-Hubbell2013
Lifetime Achievement AwardBCCN/A
Alumni of the YearUniversity of South Carolina Honors CollegeN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderSmith Valliere PLLC2007 - Present
PartnerKasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman1998 - 2007
AssociateSkadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom1996 - 1998
Law ClerkHonorable D. Brook Bartlett1995 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federalist Society (New York City chapter)Vice PresidentN/A
Vistage, Chief Executive Officer GroupN/AN/A
The American Swiss FoundationU.S. RepresentativeN/A
American Theatre Wing Advisory CommitteeN/AN/A
Historic Royal PalacesN/AN/A
Vermont AcademyN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
BookThe Official Handbook of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy2006
BookDisrobed: The New Battle Plan to Break the Left's Stranglehold on the Courts2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of South Carolina, ColumbiaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1992
University of VermontEconomicsN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Press ClubDisrobed: Constitutional Litigation2006