Christine Smith is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate Practice.

Ms. Smith’s practice focuses on appellate litigation and dispositive motions in federal and state court. Ms. Smith represents clients in a wide variety of substantive legal areas, including constitutional law, civil rights, administrative law, civil procedure, securities law, business and contract disputes, and class actions. Ms. Smith also advises corporate, non-profit, and university clients on compliance with anti-discrimination laws.

Ms. Smith returned to Latham in 2022 after serving as a law clerk to Justice Elena Kagan of the US Supreme Court. Prior to joining Latham, Ms. Smith clerked for Judge Thomas Griffith of the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Ms. Smith graduated from Yale Law School, where she served as a student director of the Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic and as an executive editor of the Yale Law Journal. Ms. Smith also participated in Yale’s moot court competition, in which she was awarded the Potter Stewart Prize for Best Overall Oral and Written Advocacy.

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia


  • JD, Yale Law School, 2019
  • AB in Politics, Princeton University, 2016
    summa cum laude