David Smith


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David Smith advises public and private companies and institutional investors on a wide range of business transactions, including mergers, stock and asset acquisitions, tender offers, going-private transactions, minority investments, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, related financings, and venture capital investments. He also counsels management, boards of directors, and other governing bodies on fiduciary duties and other corporate responsibilities, and is proficient in California, New York, and Delaware corporate laws.


Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2023 for Mergers and Acquisitions Law in Century City, CA; David has been listed in Best Lawyers® since 2023


Bar Admissions

  • California
  • New York


  • Pennsylvania State University, J.D., 1999: magna cum laude and salutatorian; member, Penn State Law Review, Woolsack Honor Society, and Corpus Juris Society
  • Saint Joseph's University, B.S., 1992

Professional Activities


  • “Representations and Warranties in M&A Transactions,” Bloomberg (March 2014)
  • “Tips for Entering NDAs in a Merger,” The Daily Journal (May 2012)

Board Member

  • Board Member, National Association of Counsel for Children
  • Former Board Member, Constitutional Rights Foundation


  • American Bar Association

In the News

Press Releases

O’Melveny Advises RFI Global on Acquisition of MacroMonitor

October 18, 2022

Eighty Five O’Melveny Lawyers Recognized by Best Lawyers in America ® 2023

August 24, 2022

O’Melveny Advises Solace Capital Partners and Patriot Environmental Services in Patriot’s Sale to Heritage-Crystal Clean

August 17, 2022

O’Melveny Advises Solace Capital Partners in Acquisition of Sun Mountain Sports

March 7, 2022

O’Melveny Represents Nolan Capital as it Acquires Majority Stake in Coastal Farm & Ranch

December 29, 2021

O’Melveny Advises Charger Investment Partners on Acquisition of PerTronix

December 9, 2021

O’Melveny Advises Diversis on Acquisition of Fishbowl

December 1, 2021

O’Melveny Acts for Kayne Partners Fund in Closing of GeoWealth Funding Round

December 1, 2021

O’Melveny Advises PMC Capital on Sale of StyroChem Canada Ltd.

October 4, 2021

O’Melveny Advises TELEO Capital in Growth Equity Investment in Golf-Focused SaaS Provider Teesnap

May 6, 2021

O’Melveny Guides Diversis Capital in Acquisition of Performance Designed Products

April 27, 2021

O’Melveny Assists Kayne Partners in Consecutive Healthcare IT Exits

April 21, 2021

O’Melveny Advises Fabcon Precast in Acquisition of Kerkstra Precast

April 1, 2021

O’Melveny Advises rfXcel In Antares Vision Group Acquisition

April 1, 2021