Scott Daniel Smith

Scott Daniel Smith

  • Appeals & Appellate, Arbitration & Mediation, Business Law ...
  • District of Columbia, New York, Texas
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Biography

Scott D. Smith is a seasoned trial lawyer who has obtained favorable verdicts for clients on both sides of the docket. Mr. Smith has experience in all phases of litigation in both state and federal courts throughout the United States, including resolving a broad array of business and commercial disputes, as well as having extensive experience representing financial advisers and financial institutions in financial services litigation in FINRA and AAA arbitration proceedings. He frequently represents financial advisers and financial institutions in employment disputes, securities enforcement actions, as well as regulatory and compliance matters, and assists his clients in obtaining, or defending against, injunctive relief at TRO proceedings and temporary injunction hearings.

Since 2003, Mr. Smith has represented both large and small, public and private companies, their directors, officers, partners, members, employees, and affiliates in a broad spectrum of business disputes and litigation involving breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference with contract, negligence, theft of trade secrets, business disparagement, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, employment agreements, including enforcement of non-competition and non-solicitation covenants, as well as disputes and litigation in real estate and probate matters. He has also successfully argued appeals before the New York State Appellate Division and the Texas Fourteenth District Court of Appeals. In addition to complex commercial and business litigation, Mr. Smith’s practice is also concentrated on matters related to legal ethics and professional responsibility.

Notably, Mr. Smith has achieved the distinction of being rated as AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell, which is highest possible rating given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers.

Practice Areas
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration, Family Arbitration
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Consumer Law
    Class Action, Lemon Law
    Construction Law
    Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
    Employment Law
    Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
    Energy, Oil & Gas Law
    Utilities
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Securities Law
    Stockbroker & Investment Fraud
Additional Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Contracts
  • Employment Litigation (Non-competes/Non-solicits/Trade secrets)
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • FINRA Arbitration
  • General Civil Litigation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
ID Number: 482463
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New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
ID Number: 4576310
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Texas
State Bar of Texas
ID Number: 24011874
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Education
Boston University School of Law
LL.M. (2002) | Banking and Financial Law
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South Texas College of Law
J.D. (2001)
Activities: Member, South Texas Law Review
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University of Texas - Austin
B.A. (1997) | English
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Awards
Platinum Client Champion
Martindale-Hubbell
Platinum Client Champion awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, which recognizes those attorneys who excel at service as affirmed by their clients. This prestigious award, based on the quantity and quality of an attorney’s Martindale-Hubbell client reviews, is a testament to Mr. Smith’s dedication to his clients and his commitment to providing exceptional legal representation.
AV Preeminent®
Martindale-Hubbell
AV Preeminent® rating awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, which is highest possible rating given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers.
Professional Associations
Houston Bar Association
Current
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Houston Trial Lawyer's Association
Current
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Texas Trial Lawyer's Association
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American Bar Association
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Contact & Map
Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP
815 Walker St Ste 1440
Houston, TX 77002
Telephone: (713) 955-6030
Fax: (713) 955-6141
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed