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Mark W. Smith

Founder, Smith Valliere PLLC

Mark W. Smith is the founder of Smith Valliere PLLC.  Having worked as a trial lawyer and business attorney for over a decade, 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 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.  As co-counsel in a jury trial in New York Supreme Court, he tried one of the largest employee raiding cases ever in New York, and has tried multi-million dollar commodities trading cases.  Mr. Smith also represented Texas state legislators before the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Smith has litigated matters involving major international companies such as Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Charles Schwab, Wachovia, A.I.G., Adelphia Communications Corp, JPMorgan Chase, Bear Stearns, Talk Miramax, FoxMeyer Drug Company, Continental Grain Company, Unilever, Salomon Smith Barney, Bear Stearns, and the U.S. Trust Company.

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.

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 best-selling 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.  He is the Vice President of the New York City Federalist Society.

Select Publications

The Official Handbook of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy: The Arguments You Need to Defeat the Loony Left (Regnery Publishing; Washington, D.C.)

Disrobed: The New Battle Plan to Break the Left’s Stranglehold on the Courts
(Crown Forum-Random House; New York, NY)


  • JD, New York University School of Law
  • BA, Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, University of South Carolina Honors College


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