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Jeffrey  Q. Smith


Commercial Arbitration
Appellate Practice
Antitrust and Unfair Competition
Contractual Disputes
Partnership Disputes
Integrity Oversight & Investigations


  • New York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Yale University, B.A., cum laude


  • New York 
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, EDNY
  • U.S. District Court, NDNY
  • U.S. District Court, SDNY
  • U.S. District Court, WDNY
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • New York State Court of Appeals
Jeffrey Q. Smith
Senior Counsel
Tel: (212) 841-0791
Fax: (212) 262-5152
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Jeffrey Q. Smith is engaged in a national litigation practice with particular concentrations in securities, antitrust/trade regulation and other complex commercial cases. In addition to trying cases and arguing appeals, Mr. Smith is experienced in the supervision and management of large cases, including class actions, multi-district litigations and qui tam cases. He is well versed in various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation, and maintains an active counseling practice designed to help clients avoid and/or minimize litigation risks.

In securities matters, Mr. Smith has defended broker-dealers, securities issuers, and directors and officers of such issuers in connection with suits involving the equity, fixed income and derivatives markets. He is experienced in litigating claims arising under the ‘33 Act, the ‘34 Act, the Advisers Act, and a variety of other federal and state statues and the common law. He also represents clients who are the subject of investigations conducted by the SEC and FINRA.

Mr. Smith has litigated a number of important antitrust cases involving claims arising under the Sherman Act, the Clayton Act, the FTC Act and a variety of state law counterparts. The clients in these cases have been both plaintiffs and defendants engaged in a wide variety of industries, including investment banking, chemical manufacturing, health care, ocean shipping, petroleum fueling and refining, and textile manufacturing. He also represents clients involved in grand jury and civil investigations conducted by the government.

Finally, Mr. Smith has litigated cases involving consumer lending, employment, intellectual property, health care reimbursement, merger agreements and state taxation. Many of these cases presented issues of first impression or industry-wide significance.

Recently Published

"Going, going, but not quite gone: Trials Continue to Decline in Federal and State Courts. Does it Matter?" Judicature, Winter 2017


Panelist, Selection of Experts and Expert Testimony, Advice From More Experts: More Successful Strategies for Winning Commercial Cases in New York State Courts, New York County Lawyers’ Association (June 11, 2013)

Professional Memberships

 American Bar Association


  • Listed, Benchmark Litigation, National Securities Star
  • Ranked, Chambers USA, Securities Litigation, Nationwide (2010–2016) and New York (2006–2016)
  • Ranked, Legal 500, Financial Services Litigation and Shareholder Litigation; Dispute Resolution: Securities Litigation (Defense) (2016)
  • Ranked, The Best Lawyers in America, Securities, Commercial and Antitrust and Securities Litigation (2005–2022)
  • Listed, Super Lawyers, Securities Litigation and Antitrust Litigation, New York Metro (2006–2020)