Matt Smith is an associate in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller. He joined the firm in 2013 and practices in the commercial litigation, toxic tort defense, and environmental litigation groups. His work focuses on the representation of oil and gas exploration and production companies, mid-stream companies, and other industry companies in various litigation matters including property damage and contamination, property rights, and commercial and contractual disputes.
Matt has extensive experience guiding clients through claims related to soil contamination, groundwater contamination, air pollution, and the associated regulatory standards. His practice covers a wide range of commercial and litigation issues ranging from contract negotiation to managing matters involving complex litigation and discovery.
Matt earned his B.A, summa cum laude, from Louisiana State University in 2009. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the LSU Law Center in 2013, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board and the Order of the Coif. Matt was named to the Chancellor's List, was a Paul M. Hebert Scholar, and received CALI awards for earning the highest grade in the following classes: Advanced Mineral Law, Louisiana Law of Obligations (Contracts), Statutory & Constitutional Interpretation, Business Associations I, and Accounting for Lawyers.
During his time at LSU Law, Matt served as the research assistant to Professor John Randall Trahan, Louis B. Porterie Professor of Law and Saul Litvinoff Distinguished Professor of Law, focusing on the fields of Louisiana property, sales, and lease law. Matt assisted Professor Trahan in the preparation of recent developments materials for Louisiana Property, sales, and lease law, and in drafting Professor Trahan's Precis on Louisiana Law of Property.