Richard W. Smith is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, based in the Firmís Washington, D.C. office.
As a member of the Trial Department, Richard is an experienced trial litigator with multiple bench and jury trials to his credit. His litigation practice focuses on federal election and campaign finance law, intellectual property, products liability, securities, and general commercial litigation. Among other high-profile litigation matters, Richard participated in the Florida recount litigation in the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election on behalf of the Bush-Cheney Campaign, the constitutional challenge to the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 on behalf of the Republican National Committee and several state Republican political party committees, and in defense of numerous campaign-related defamation suits against various national Republican political party committees.
Richard has represented all of the national Republican political party committees in defamation or First Amendment litigation, a professional sports league in intellectual property and personal injury litigation, a number of major pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporations in products liability litigation, and various clients in securities litigation.
In addition, Richard has experience counseling clients seeking to analyze their legal risks without litigation. Among other significant achievements, he has navigated major corporations through various insurance crises; advised political candidates, trade associations, corporations, and other law firms on federal and state campaign finance statutes and regulations; and has analyzed product liability risks for a variety of clients.
Richard clerked for Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, from 1998 to 1999.
While in law school, he was a member of the Order of the Coif and development editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, as well as the bars of the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia and the Eleventh Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and the Supreme Court of Georgia.