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)