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Mark W. Smith

Founder, Smith Valliere PLLC

Mark W. Smith is the New York Times bestselling author and founder of Smith Valliere PLLC, a boutique law firm located in the heart of midtown Manhattan in New York City. Having worked as a trial lawyer and business attorney for nearly two decades, 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.”

In June 2015, Smith Valliere PLLC was honored by SmartCEO magazine with its prestigious Law Firm of the Year Award, recognizing the firm’s success as a boutique litigation firm in the New York City market.

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 partnership disputes, 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 represented 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 has also represented Texas state legislators before the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Smith is a former Adjunct Professor of Law and a former editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. Mr. Smith is the author of The Official Handbook of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.

Education
  • J.D., 1995, New York University School of Law, New York, NY
  • B.A. 1992, University of Vermont/University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

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