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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.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|AV Preeminent Lawyer Ranking - Intellectual Property||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|AV Preeminent Lawyer Ranking - Labor & Employment||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Lifetime Achievement Award||BCC||N/A|
|Alumni of the Year||University of South Carolina Honors College||N/A|
|Founder||Smith Valliere PLLC||2007 - Present|
|Partner||Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman||1998 - 2007|
|Associate||Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom||1996 - 1998|
|Law Clerk||Honorable D. Brook Bartlett||1995 - 1996|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Federalist Society (New York City chapter)||Vice President||N/A|
|Vistage, Chief Executive Officer Group||N/A||N/A|
|The American Swiss Foundation||U.S. Representative||N/A|
|American Theatre Wing Advisory Committee||N/A||N/A|
|Historic Royal Palaces||N/A||N/A|
|Book||The Official Handbook of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy||2006|
|Book||Disrobed: The New Battle Plan to Break the Left's Stranglehold on the Courts||2006|
|New York University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|University of South Carolina, Columbia||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|
|University of Vermont||Economics||N/A||N/A|
|National Press Club||Disrobed: Constitutional Litigation||2006|