Brian Smith has built an exceptional practice over the years representing individuals and companies from a wide range of industries, including technology, consumer products and financial services, in securities litigation and enforcement matters and antitrust matters. He also has experience representing clients in parallel civil, regulatory and criminal proceedings. Mr. Smith has extensive experience with conducting internal investigations and responding to regulatory inquiries by the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice. He has represented companies in the financial services and accounting sectors in high-stakes enforcement matters involving allegations of financial and accounting fraud, disclosure improprieties, insider trading, and non-compliance with anti-money laundering (AML) regulations and the Bank Secrecy Act. Mr. Smith also advises boards of corporations in sensitive investigations, including board-directed independent inquiries of allegations involving violations of internal company policies and whistleblower complaints. 

Mr. Smith is a member of the firm’s Washington DC Diversity Committee and the Pro Bono Community Services Committee. He rejoined the firm after his appointment as a judicial clerk on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Professional Activities

Mr. Smith is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. Mr. Smith is a former board member of Miriam’s Kitchen, a nonprofit organization with the mission of ending chronic homelessness in Washington DC.

Mr. Smith shares in the firm’s commitment to pro bono service. He has represented a nonprofit organization in an alleged breach of contract dispute in DC Superior Court. Mr. Smith was also involved in a multi-front effort to free a musician imprisoned in the Cameroon. He represents a class of federal law enforcement agents in a Title VII suit against a US federal agency. 

 

Experience

  • Led a Special Committee review of a Big Four accounting firm concerning conduct associated with internally-administered training courses.
  • Represented Fortune 50 company in responding to alleged whistleblower retaliation allegations and conducted internal investigation into alleged violations of Section 21F of the Securities and Exchange Act.
  • Represented a global financial institution in connection with inquiries by various government entities related to offshore accounts of US taxpayers and the institution's cross-border business.
  • Represented global auto parts company in connection with international cartel investigations, global regulatory enforcement actions and parallel civil proceedings, including class actions and opt-out litigation.
  • Represented foreign shipping company in federal class action suit brought under the Sherman Act alleging price-fixing in the car carrier services industry and parallel proceedings before the Federal Maritime Commission.

Recognition

  • Recognized as a "rising star lawyer" in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 United States for his antitrust practice 
  • Named a Washington DC "Rising Star" in the 2013–2020 editions of Super Lawyers for his business litigation practice

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Credentials

  • Education

    • JD, Columbia Law School, 2005

      Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Beverly and Edwin Robbins Scholarship Recipient
    • BA, Government, University of Virginia, 2002

      with distinction Phi Beta Kappa
  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • New York

    • US District Court for the District of Columbia

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. Rosemary M. Collyer, US District Court for the District of Columbia, 2007 - 2008

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