Mark W. Smith

Senior Fellow in Law and Public Policy; Presidential Scholar

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Mark Smith


Mark W. Smith is an accomplished trial lawyer and business attorney with a history of significant courtroom accomplishments. Smith began his law career with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York City before moving to Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP, where he was an equity partner. In 2007, Smith co-founded Smith Valliere PLLC, which was named Top Boutique Law Firm in New York City in 2015 by SmartCEO magazine.

Smith’s legal career has captured repeated national media attention. He gained fame in 1996 for winning as co-counsel a precedent-setting civil rights case, which a cover story in The New York Times called the largest verdict of its kind in New York history. Smith has also tried the largest no-fault insurance trial in U.S. history for $23 million. He has represented clients before the U.S. Supreme Court and has litigated billions of dollars in lawsuits including cases involving Goldman Sachs, AIG, U.S. Trust, GEICO, Adelphia Communications Corp.,‎ and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Smith’s success is not limited to the courtroom. He is a New York Times bestselling author of four books, including Disrobed: The New Battle Plan to Break The Left’s Stranglehold on the Courts (Crown Forum Random House). He has appeared frequently on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and CNBC. He is also a member of the American Theatre Wing’s Advisory Committee and a Broadway Tony Awards voter.

Time at King's: March 2016 to Present


New York University School of Law

B.S. Economics
University of South Carolina



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