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