Mark W. Smith is a New York Times bestselling author, former professor of law, and the founder of Smith Valliere PLLC, a law firm located at Rockefeller Center in New York City. In June 2015, Smith Valliere PLLC was honored by SmartCEO magazine with its prestigious Boutique Law Firm of the Year Award, recognizing the firm’s success as a business litigation firm in New York City.
Following his graduation from the NYU School of Law, where he was an editor of the NYU Environmental Law Journal and a member of the mock trial team, Mr. Smith clerked for a federal trial court judge and afterward joined Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York City. From there, he joined the law firm of Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP, where he was a full partner for several years.
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. Mr. Smith has tried jury and bench trials in state and federal court and has litigated cases involving billions of dollars, including partnership disputes, complex synthetic derivative financial products, real estate transactions, large corporate raiding efforts, international commodity trades, and 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 multibillion 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 editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and the author of The Official Handbook of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy: The Arguments You Need to Defeat the Loony Left and Disrobed: The New Battle Plan to Break the Left’s Stranglehold on the Courts.