David Smith concentrates his practice on business litigation at the trial and appellate levels. He represents plaintiffs and defendants in matters involving securities, shareholder rights, corporate governance and business torts and has a focus on litigation involving Native Americans.

Mr. Smith also has a robust construction and infrastructure practice. During his career, he has represented large general contractors, owners, developers and other companies with their construction litigation matters. This has included litigation related to defective design and materials, change orders and delay claims. Additionally, he has assisted large companies with the negotiation of construction contracts with foreign governments.

Mr. Smith was listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation in 2014 and the three years immediately preceding, is listed in the 2010 edition of Business North Carolina's “Legal Elite,” and s a 2010, 2011 and 2012 North Carolina "Super Lawyer" for Business Litigation in SuperLawyers magazine. Mr. Smith received the award for "North Carolina Lawyer of the Year" from The Legal Aid Society of Northwest North Carolina for pro bono legal services provided to the community for the years 2001-2004. He also received the Kilpatrick Stockton Managing Partner’s Award for Pro Bono Legal Services for 2004. He is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Professional & Community Activities

North Carolina Bar Association, Litigation and Construction Sections, Member

Maryland Bar Association, Construction Section, Member

Federal Bar Association, D.C. and Capitol Hill Chapters, Member

American Bar Association, Section on Litigation and Forums on Construction and Professional Responsibility, Member

Notre Dame Law School, Visiting Professor

Wake Forest University, Adjunct Professor of Law

Washington and Lee University School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law

American Inns of Court, Barrister (1992-1995)

Legal Aid Society of Northwest North Carolina, Inc., Board of Directors (2005-2007)

Children's Law Center, Board of Directors (2006-2010)


  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D. (1984)
    cum laude
  • Wake Forest University, B.A. (1981)
    cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia (2011)
  • Maryland (2011)
  • Maine (1986)
  • North Carolina (1984)


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

Who We Are

1001 West Fourth Street
Winston-Salem, NC, 27101-2400
t +1 336.607.7392
f +1 336.734.2611
Suite 900, 607 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC, 20005-2018
t +1 202.508.5865
f +1 202.585.0052

David C. Smith

Experience Highlights

Business litigation for securities broker
Represented a securities broker in regulatory actions before the NASD (FINRA) and SEC alleging improper investments in variable annuities. more
Represented computer graphics design company against assertion of antitrust violations
Successfully represented a computer graphics design company against a national mainframe computer supplier asserting antitrust violations. more
Construction dispute for large western-based general contractor
Represented a major general contractor in connection with claims arising out of the installation of the water and sanitary sewer utilities in a more
Products liability for a manufacturer of parts for race cars
Represented manufacturer of parts for race cars in products liability action against steel supplier. more