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Kevin J. Smith

Special Counsel
New York
T: 212.634.3052
F: 212.655.1752

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Education

  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 1997, cum laude
  • B.A., State University of New York, Albany, 1992, cum laude
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts, Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York
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Kevin Smith is a special counsel in the Labor and Employment and Litigation Practice Groups in the firm's New York office.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Smith acts as trial and litigation counsel for all types of civil litigation, including employment, commercial, securities, and class action litigation before arbitral forums, state and federal courts, and local administrative and regulatory agencies.

In the labor and employment arena, Mr. Smith routinely represents management in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower and compensation disputes in federal and state courts, in arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and in proceedings before various federal and state administrative agencies. Mr. Smith also counsels and advises clients on numerous employment law issues.

In-House Counsel Secondment

In 2005, Mr. Smith was seconded for several months to JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s employment law group, where he litigated employment and compensation disputes; managed outside counsel on certain litigation matters; and advised and counseled business units in connection with litigation and employment issues. 

Previous Experience

Prior to Mr. Smith’s arrival at Sheppard Mullin, he was special counsel at Kelley Drye. Prior to that, Mr. Smith was an assistant corporation counsel with the City of New York, Office of the Corporation Counsel, where he defended the City of New York in employment discrimination and other civil actions. While there, he tried, as either first or second chair, seven cases to verdict. 

  • Successfully defended New York-based energy commodities broker in a hotly contested dispute with one of its former energy brokers. 
  • Defended securities brokerage firm against breach of contract and business tort claims in arbitration hearings before Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
  • Defended healthcare institution against retaliation claims in New York State administrative agency hearings.
  • Prosecuting breach of contract and tortious interference claims against former employee and competitor on behalf of international broker-dealer client pending before Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
  • Successfully defended to favorable settlement banking and investment services client against suit by bondholders of bankrupt debt issuer and prosecuting third-party claims against bond underwriters. Managed and conducted all aspects of litigation, including depositions, document disclosure, motion and appellate court practice, trial preparation and trial. See A.G. Capital Funding Partners L.P. v. State Street Bank and Trust Co., 11 N.Y.3d 146 (2008).
  • Second chair trial counsel for JPMorgan Chase in billion dollar lawsuit against 11 insurance companies relating to surety bonds on commodities transactions with Enron. A favorable settlement for our client was reached as the jury was deliberating after one-month trial.
  • Represented brokerage firm in several regulatory matters and shareholder class action suits for alleged securities fraud, including conducting internal investigation and prepared defense of class action suits.
  • Defended multinational client in certified class action for alleged violations of state employment laws, breaches of contract, and business torts.
  • Defended to successful settlement numerous restaurant and hospitality clients in Fair Labor Standards Act collective actions and putative class actions for alleged failure to pay minimum and overtime wages.
  • Defending numerous restaurant and hospitality clients in Fair Labor Standards Act collective actions and putative class actions for alleged failure to pay minimum and overtime wages. 
  • Defended life insurer client in action for violations of Title VII and New York Executive Laws for alleged age, race and national origin discrimination.
  • Successfully defended medical college client against employee whistleblower claims under New York state whistleblower laws, obtaining summary judgment on client's behalf.
  • Successfully prosecuted action for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction preventing former employee from breaching client's non-compete and non-disclosure agreement.
  • Defending not-for-profit client in action for violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act and New York City Human Rights law. 
  • Defending life insurer client in action for violations of Title VII and New York Executive Laws for alleged age, race and national origin discrimination. 
  • Successfully defended medical college client against employee whistleblower claims under New York state whistleblower laws, obtaining summary judgment on client's behalf. 
  • Successfully prosecuted action for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction preventing former employee from breaching client's non-compete and non-disclosure agreement. 
  • Successfully defended at three-day evidentiary hearing, Department of Labor claims that client improperly classified employees as independent contractors.
  • Successfully defended retail client in Fair Labor Standards Act suit, obtaining summary judgment on client's behalf. Caci v. The WIZ of Lake Grove, Inc., 267 F. Supp. 2d 297 (E.D.N.Y. 2003).

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Labor & Employment Law Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

  • Program Chair, "New York State Bar Association's Commercial Litigation Academy 2014," June 5-6, 2014

Events

  • New York State Bar Association - Member, Executive Committee Commercial and Federal Litigation Section; Chair, Committee on Continuing Legal Education
  • Federal Bar Council