Prior to joining BG&S in 2013, Mr. Smith was managing attorney for the New York and New Jersey offices of the law firm of Allen, Kopet & Associates, PLLC from 2011 to 2013.
From 1996 to 2011, he was an attorney with the law firm of Melli, Guerin Wall & Messineo, P.C., in Paramus, NJ, where he became a partner in the firm’s insurance fraud and litigation practice.
While serving as assistant district attorney in the Bronx from 1993 to 1996, he was assigned to the Appeals Bureau and handled all aspects of post-conviction litigation, including motion practice, hearings, writing both appellant and respondent briefs and oral argument before various state appellate courts. Mr. Smith also compiled with another member of his bureau, a litigation manual as to cases dealing with the New York State Mental Health laws and Criminal Procedure Law Articles 330 and 710.
Mr. Smith attained a BA in political science in 1986, a master’s degree in public administration in 1988 and a JD in 1993, all from the New York City-based Pace University. He was admitted to the State Bar of New York and New Jersey in 1994, the U.S. Supreme Court in 1997 and the Eastern District of New York in 2007.
In his spare time, Mr. Smith is a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a former member of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary/Civil Air Patrol. He and his family have also been a host family for many years for Project Children and foreign exchange students and have run a local food pantry in their home community. Mr. Smith was also appointed by the Supreme Court, State of New Jersey, to serve as a panel member for District II-A Fee Dispute Panel, ending his term in 2015.
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