David C. Smith has 30 years of experience working on complex civil litigation in state and federal courts across the country, with an emphasis on financial related litigation. His experience ranges from representing parties in matters involving securities, shareholder rights and corporate governance to assisting contractors, developers and owners in disputes arising out of major construction projects. In addition, he has a specialty litigating matters on behalf of tribes and individual Indians. He serves as class counsel in Cobell v. Jewell, a class action on behalf of over 500,000 beneficiaries of the individual Indian trust against the federal government for trust mismanagement. The lawsuit resulted in a settlement of $3.4 billion dollars, presently the largest class action settlement against the federal government. He also represents tribes on matters involving trust mismanagement, sovereignty, sacred sites and protection of trust lands. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation for many years and is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

Mr. Smith is also committed to providing pro bono services to those in need. He has represented parents in international child abduction cases, regularly provides services to the Children’s Law Center by serving as guardian ad litem for children involved in the court system, and represents indigent parties in civil litigation at the request of the federal district court. He 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 Townsend Managing Partner’s Award for Pro Bono Legal Services for 2004.

Mr. Smith has been recognized as a 2015 Washington, D.C. “Super Lawyer” in the area of Securities Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine.

*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, Capitol Hill Chapter, Section on Federal Indian Law, Member

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

Notre Dame Law School, Visiting Professor of the Practice

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. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh 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
  • Eastern Band of the Cherokee Tribal Court

Who We Are

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

David C. Smith

Experience Highlights

Litigation related to dam construction
Represented a major construction company arising out of allegations of defective construction of a dam for a public reservoir in the Southeast. more
Negotiation of construction contracts for Hanesbrands Inc.
Represented Hanesbrands Inc. in negotiation of construction contracts in the Dominican Republic and El Salvador. more
Represents the Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Serves as lead counsel in representing the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in actions by the State of Alabama to challenge the trust status of its more
Breach of fiduciary duty action against corporate officers
Represented shareholders of closely held corporation in action for breach of fiduciary duty against corporate officers. more