Nicholas D. Smith



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Nicholas D. Smith is a partner based in New York City. His practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and complex commercial litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, he was an associate at a prominent litigation firm in New York, and clerked for the Honorable T. Rawls Jones, Jr. in the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Honorable Joanna Seybert in the Eastern District of New York. He is a member of the ABA White Collar Crime Committee.

Nicholas has broad experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants across the spectrum of civil practice areas, including securities claims, structured finance products, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, antitrust, repatriation law, domestic and international arbitrations, and class actions. On the criminal side, he has represented clients facing a variety of federal charges including bribery, kickbacks, money laundering, and computer crimes. Nicholas has international experience, having represented clients from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Notable representations:

  • Representing the spouse of former ambassador to the U.S. in connection with civil liability stemming from alleged bribery and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act;
  • Representing the former head of an Eastern European country in connection with civil liability stemming from alleged bribery and money laundering;
  • Represented the Republic of Poland in a repatriation case concerning rare World War 2-era artifact; was awarded honorary medal by Poland for successfully resolving dispute;
  • Represented sovereign wealth fund against private equity fund in an international arbitration involving fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty claims;
  • Represented founder and CEO of medical device company against criminal bribery and kickback charges;
  • Represented foreign national charged with overseeing international computer hacking conspiracy, in one of the first U.S. federal prosecutions of its kind;
  • Represented several hedge funds in pursuing claims for the repurchase of mortgages worth billions of dollars due to breaches of representations and warranties;
  • Represented law firm against class action asserting civil RICO and other claims.
  • Fordham Law School, J.D. 2009, magna cum laude
  • New York University, B.A. 2006, cum laude
  • New York
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • White collar criminal defense
  • Complex commercial litigation