Barbara A. Smith is a member of Bryan Cave’s Commercial Litigation practice team and the Appellate team. Ms. Smith handles litigation involving complex business transactions and commercial contract disputes.
Ms. Smith’s experience encompasses all aspects of litigation and appeals. Among other issues, she has briefed questions of constitutional law, statutory construction, administrative law, labor and employment, white collar crime, bankruptcy, and sovereign debt.
Ms. Smith served as a law clerk to Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. on the United States Supreme Court and Judge Thomas B. Griffith on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Ms. Smith teaches as an adjunct professor at Washington University Law School. Prior to joining Bryan Cave, Ms. Smith was an appellate litigator at a Washington, D.C.-based law firm, where she represented clients before the United States Supreme Court and various federal courts of appeal. Before the United States Supreme Court, Ms. Smith has filed petitions for writs of certiorari, merits briefs, and amicus briefs. Among other clients before the Court, Ms. Smith represented a foreign government in a petition related to a multibillion-dollar sovereign debt dispute; the trustee for the liquidation of Lehman Brothers, in a petition arising out of bankruptcy proceedings; a battlefield support contractor, in a petition arising out of tort claims related to the U.S. military’s combat activities during the war in Iraq; and an individual appealing a criminal conviction for securities fraud.
Ms. Smith’s previous experience also includes representing clients in federal courts of appeal and federal district court. Ms. Smith has represented clients including a state challenging the federal government’s funding of the state’s Medicaid program; a federal government agency in a billion-dollar rate dispute; and a life insurance trade association, in a challenge to the District of Columbia’s assessment of fees to fund its health benefit exchange under the Affordable Care Act.
Ms. Smith earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Journal of Law, Business, and Finance, the President of the Federalist Society, and a member of the law school’s student government. While in law school, Ms. Smith was a moot court semi-finalist and a teaching assistant at Stanford Law School and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Smith spent two years in the White House Counsel’s Office working for President George W. Bush. She graduated, magna cum laude and with honors, from Wake Forest University, with a B.A. in economics and political science.
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