Colleen Smith is a member of the Securities Litigation & Professional Liability Practice, representing public companies and corporate officers and directors in securities class actions, shareholder derivative litigation, mergers and acquisitions litigation, SEC investigations, internal investigations and other complex, high-stakes litigation.
Ms. Smith is experienced in all aspects of complex litigation, including major motion practice, fact and expert discovery, trial and appeals. In recent years, she led a six-week jury trial in federal court involving claims totaling nearly US$200 million which the jury returned a unanimous verdict for her client. Ms. Smith has successfully briefed and argued appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and in the California Courts of Appeals.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Smith served as a law clerk to David R. Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to James H. Michael of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia. Prior to law school, Ms. Smith served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy.
Ms. Smith is on the Business Development Committee for the San Diego office and oversees the Securities Litigation Practice Mentor Program.
- “Corporate Law and Governance Developments,”RR Donnelley SEC Hot Topics Institute, September 2016
- “Updates in Delaware Corporate Law,” ACC M&A Roundtable Seminar, 2016
- “Strategy and Risk Forum,” National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), 2015
- “Ethical and Legal Issues in M&A Transactions,” ACC M&A Roundtable Seminar, 2014
- “Ethical Considerations Every In-House Lawyer Needs to Know,” Latham MCLE Seminar, 2014
- “Disclosure and Discovery in the Southern District: Deposition Practice,” Federal Bar Association San Diego, 2013