Hunter Smith

Associate
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Fax: 202.775.4510

Education:

Yale Law School, J.D.

London School of Economics, M.Sc. 2006

Middlebury College, B.A. 2004

Valedictorian

Bar Admissions:

District of Columbia

Connecticut (inactive)

California (inactive)

Hunter Smith is a trial and appellate litigator. Mr. Smith has particular experience in shareholder litigation, including securities class actions, shareholder derivative lawsuits, and books-and-records actions. He has also represented individuals in criminal investigations, Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act cases, personal injury cases, and civil rights cases and has written appellate briefs in several federal courts of appeals and at both the certiorari and merits stage at the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Smith speaks or reads, with varying degrees of proficiency, English, French, Russian, German, Swedish and Serbian and has often worked with lawyers from foreign jurisdictions.

 

  • Briefing, arguing and obtaining a jury instruction under the law of the Republic of Mali in a 7-day jury trial in the DC Superior Court; case settled shortly after instruction awarded.

  • Successfully briefing and arguing motions on applicability of Hague Evidence Convention and German privacy law to state-court discovery.

  • Defending a public official sued in writ of quo warranto proceedings, including successful removal to federal court on novel theory.

  • Successfully brought or coordinated federal preliminary injunction proceedings against state agency and state-court judge.

  • Authored D.C. Circuit amicus brief on behalf of non-governmental organization concerning compelled commercial speech and conflict minerals disclosure.

About

Hunter Smith is a trial and appellate litigator. Mr. Smith has particular experience in shareholder litigation, including securities class actions, shareholder derivative lawsuits, and books-and-records actions. He has also represented individuals in criminal investigations, Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act cases, personal injury cases, and civil rights cases and has written appellate briefs in several federal courts of appeals and at both the certiorari and merits stage at the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Smith speaks or reads, with varying degrees of proficiency, English, French, Russian, German, Swedish and Serbian and has often worked with lawyers from foreign jurisdictions.

 

Representative Matters
  • Briefing, arguing and obtaining a jury instruction under the law of the Republic of Mali in a 7-day jury trial in the DC Superior Court; case settled shortly after instruction awarded.

  • Successfully briefing and arguing motions on applicability of Hague Evidence Convention and German privacy law to state-court discovery.

  • Defending a public official sued in writ of quo warranto proceedings, including successful removal to federal court on novel theory.

  • Successfully brought or coordinated federal preliminary injunction proceedings against state agency and state-court judge.

  • Authored D.C. Circuit amicus brief on behalf of non-governmental organization concerning compelled commercial speech and conflict minerals disclosure.