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Stephen H. Smith

Stephen H. Smith

Los Angeles, California

Stephen was born in Providence, Rhode Island. Stephen was admitted to the Bar of the State of California as well as the United States District Court for the Central District in 1981. Stephen obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) from Georgetown University in 1978 and served on the personal staff of U.S. Senator Henry M. Jackson. He obtained his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University in 1981. His practice, in addition to general products liability matters, is focused upon matters involving fitness equipment and sports-related injuries and on fire litigation. Stephen's practice is also centered upon complex litigation, including the defense of class actions and toxic torts, and business and commercial litigation. He has tried several cases to verdict and has served as counsel of record in litigation in more than fifteen states. He is a member of the Los Angeles County and American Bar Associations, the State Bar of California, the Defense Research Institute (DRI), Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC), the Sports and Fitness Industry Association’s Legal Task Force, and the American Board of trial Advocates (ABOTA). He serves as an arbitrator for the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Stephen is conversant in French.

Areas of Practice

  • Products Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Class Actions
  • Fire Litigation
  • Catastrophic injury

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2010


  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1981
    • Law Review: S.U. Transnational Law Review, 1980 - 1981
  • Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia
    • B.A. cum laude - 1978
    • Major: History

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • California State Bar, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Claims Litigation Management Alliance
  • Sports & Fitness Industry Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Morgan, Wenzel & McNicholas, Associate/Partner, 1981 - 1995
  • US Senator Henry M. Jackson, Staff, 1977 - 1978

Pro Bono Activities

  • HIV and AIDS Legal Services Alliance, 1993 - 2013


  • French

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