CO-CHAIR, PHILADELPHIA OFFICE
James T. Smith has more than 35 years of experience in complex commercial litigation, products liability, and white collar criminal defense, nationwide. He serves both corporate and individual clients in a wide variety of industries including technology, transportation, healthcare, aerospace, and defense, in disputes involving fraud and abuse, intellectual property, corporate governance, government and internal investigations, white collar criminal defense, and breach of contract and related claims, and many other areas. Jim formerly served for eight years as chair of Blank Rome’s Litigation Department, overseeing more than 250 attorneys across nine practice groups and 14 offices. Prior to that, Jim was the Practice Group Leader for the Commercial Litigation group for six years.
Jim served as a law clerk to the Honorable Genevieve Blatt of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.
For more than a decade, Chambers USA has recognized Jim as a leader in general commercial litigation, noting recently that he is considered to be a “fantastic litigator.” Some of the sources quoted in Chambers said:
2020 James Smith is “a meticulous litigator who knows his business.”
2018 He is able to “strategically think ahead and figure out the best route to that solution better than anyone I have ever met.”
2017 “He is brilliant, super well-prepared and relentless,” reports one impressed source, who also singles out Smith’s “client-oriented” approach.
2016 “He is as smart as can be—the most strategic thinker I’ve met in my life.”