John Da Grosa Smith
Mr. Smith is an advocate. Gritty. Hard-hitting. And innovative. Clients look to him to handle their most unique and critical matters. He focuses on litigating difficult, contentious, high-stakes, and high-profile cases. Mr. Smith handles complex civil, regulatory, and select criminal matters in a range of areas including business disputes, products liability, securities litigation and arbitration, securities regulatory and enforcement matters, trust and estates, fiduciary litigation, bankruptcy contests and adversary proceedings, civil RICO, trade secrets, trademark and restrictive covenants, intellectual property, antitrust, and white-collar criminal defense.
For Mr. Smith, every situation is different. It’s critical for him to identify the distinct attributes and objectives of each representation. With this he’s able to tailor a strategic battle plan to ensure each step along the way is taken with purpose. Like Sun Tzu, Mr. Smith believes in winning first and then going to war.
Hired just 8 days before jury selection in the controversial white collar criminal RICO prosecution of the former Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Glock, Inc., Mr. Smith won. While the jury convicted, he secured a rare unanimous reversal from the Court of Appeals of Georgia (link). The case itself has been covered widely by the media and mentioned in Paul M. Barrett’s New York Times Best Seller “Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun.”
In another notable case, Mr. Smith defeated the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau when a federal judge in Atlanta sanctioned the Bureau for discovery abuse and dismissed his client. Reached for comment, he told the Daily Report that the “court’s order demonstrates that the bureau is not above the law.” R. Robin McDonald, “Judge Sanctions Federal Consumer Bureau in Debt Collections Case,” Daily Report, August 30, 2017.
Mr. Smith recently delivered a presentation entitled Perturbing Circumstances: How to Select Counsel in High-Stakes Cases to the Association of Corporate Counsel Georgia Chapter. In this he stressed that when the company’s business is on the line a general counsel should not simply fall back on the last lawyer hired, but instead look for a decisive leader who has courage and strong instincts.
A Philadelphia native, Mr. Smith began his legal career as a prosecutor at the Office of the Philadelphia District Attorney. Then, as an accomplished trial lawyer, he set out to develop a strong business background outside the practice of law by joining top-tier consulting firm Accenture. After a five-year tenure in the Rogers & Hardin general litigation group, Mr. Smith founded and managed SMITH – a successful boutique business litigation firm headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia – for more than a decade.
Coverage of Mr. Smith’s cases has appeared in Bloomberg, U.S. News & World Report, The Legal Intelligencer, Daily Report, Law 360, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, The Associated Press, American Banker, and other national and international publications.
- J.D., Temple University School of Law, cum laude, 1998
- B.A., University of Scranton, cum laude, 1995
- Commercial Litigation
- Real Estate Litigation
- Supreme Court of the United States
- United States Court of Appeals of the Third Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals of the Fourth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals of the Fifth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals of the Eleventh Circuit
- United States District Court – Northern District of Georgia
- United States District Court – Middle District of Georgia
- United States District Court – Southern District of Georgia
- United States District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- Georgia Supreme Court
- Georgia Court of Appeals
- Pennsylvania Supreme Court