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Steven L. Smith (Steve)
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(T) +1.415 875.5725
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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

For more than three decades, Steve Smith has focused his practice on international arbitration of complex, commercial disputes in a range of industries. He has worked extensively in the energy, oil and gas, infrastructure, aerospace, entertainment and hospitality fields and has significant experience resolving intellectual property and licensing disputes in numerous high-tech sectors. Steve has handled matters involving sovereign entities from the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa and has served as counsel and arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations across 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." He also has received distinguished awards in recognition of his legal achievements in international law and dispute resolution.

Steve is a frequent author on international arbitration issues and speaks regularly on international dispute resolution at conferences around the world. For a number of years he was a lecturer in law at Stanford Law School where he taught international commercial arbitration. He also has lectured at UC Berkeley School of Law.

Steve is a past chair of the ABA's International Arbitration Committee and a current member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration in Paris and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre Users Council. 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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