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Steven L. Smith (Steve)
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Contact

(T) +1.415 875.5725
(F) +1.415.875.5700

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley (J.D. 1983; Founder and Editor-in-Chief, International Tax & Business Lawyer); Cambridge University, England (LL.M. with honors 1986; LL.B. 1981; M. Phil. in History of International Relations 1979); University of Pennsylvania (B.A. in History cum laude 1978)

Bar Admissions

  • California and District of Columbia

Steve Smith focuses his practice on the arbitration and litigation of complex international commercial disputes in a broad range of industries. He has handled matters for and against sovereign entities from the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa and has served as counsel and arbitrator in numerous institutional and ad hoc arbitrations around the globe.

Recognized as one of the world's leading international arbitration lawyers in many notable lawyer directories, Steve has been described by Chambers USA and other publications as "a truly outstanding advocate whose written product and oral advocacy simply astound"; a "masterful advocate who can put together mesmerizing argument"; a "first-class advocate"; and an "outstanding counsel."

Steve is the recipient of the 2008 California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) Award for his extraordinary achievement in alternative dispute resolution. He also has received the 2014 Riesenfeld Award from U.C. Berkeley School of Law in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of international law.

Steve is a frequent author on international arbitration issues and speaks regularly on international dispute resolution at conferences all over the world. He is a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School where he teaches international commercial arbitration.

Steve is past chair of the ABA's International Arbitration Committee, a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration in Paris, and chair of the ICC's Arbitration Committee for the Northwest U.S. He is also a former chair of the International Law Section of the State Bar of California.


Areas of Focus

Honors & Distinctions

  • Received the 2014 Riesenfeld Award from U.C. Berkeley School of Law in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of international law

    Received the 2008 California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) Award for extraordinary achievement in alternative dispute resolution
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