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Kevin D. Smith


10960 Wilshire Boulevard
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Los Angeles, CA 90024
P (310) 481-7600
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501 West Broadway
Suite 1200
San Diego, CA 92101
P (619) 849-4900
F (619) 849-4950

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Kevin D. Smith is an active trial lawyer who has spent the majority of his professional life trying cases on behalf of Fortune 500 companies and major corporations. In his 30 years of practice, Kevin has defended commercial,  professional liability, product liability,  transportation and catastrophic matters in state and federal courts. Kevin’s experience also includes defending negligent and intentional tort claims against municipalities, educational facilities and other public entities. Despite having to frequently overcome difficult challenges on liability and damages in high exposure cases,  Kevin has obtained victories on behalf of his clients in an impressive ninety four percent of the cases he has tried. This has resulted in Kevin being elected to the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates and regularly honored as a Southern California “Super Lawyer.”


Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D., 1983)

Pepperdine University (B.A., 1980)

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Practice Areas

Commercial and Business Litigation
  • Represents corporate and non-profit agencies in litigation involving contract and business tort claims, including unfair competition, interference with contractual relations, claims of malfeasance, and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Represents board members and boards of directors against claims of breach of fiduciary duty, professional liability, wrongful acts, and fraud.
  • Negotiates and litigates intellectual property issues and rights.
  • Represents owners, contractors and design professionals in complex litigation including construction defect, delay and disruption claims, mechanics lien and stop notice issues and construction accident litigation involving catastrophic injuries.
  • Provides risk management training and counseling on numerous issues including: safety training, rapid response to accidents, risk transfer, and employment issues.
Product Liability
  • Defense of manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of numerous products, such as heavy equipment, pharmaceuticals, power tools, baby products, home appliances, and recreational equipment
  • Defends cases involving allegations of wrongful death and catastrophic injuries, including burns, brain damage, severed limbs and digits, and disfigurement.
Professional Liability
  • Defense of professional liability and malfeasance claims against lawyers, insurance agents and brokers, real estate agents, appraisers, architects and engineers and miscellaneous professionals.
Toxic Tort and Occupational Exposure
  • Successfully defended actions involving acute and chronic exposure to benzene, diesel fumes, hydrofluoric acid, and asbestos.
  • Represented target defendant in living mesothelioma case in Alameda County and obtained defense verdict.
  • Extensive experience defending mold actions, and has successfully tried to verdict several mold cases including the first mold case brought in California against a general contractor.
  • Represents trucking companies in litigation involving catastrophic injuries.
  • Provides risk management training and counseling on a variety of issues including driver qualifications, safe practices, rapid response to accidents, insurance coverage, risk transfer, and employment issues.


Author, Recent Developments Affecting Self Insurers and Risk Managers, (1999, 2000) Tort & Insurance Law Journal, Annual Survey of Tort and Insurance Law, ABA Section on Tort & Insurance Practice.

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Events, Seminars & Presentations

Speaker, Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), (2008)

Chair, American Bar Association Construction Conference, (2002)

Speaker, American Bar Association Transportation MegaConference (2003, 2001, 1999)

Speaker, Technology Resources For Trucking Litigation, (March 2001) American Bar, Association

Speaker, The Internet, Opportunities & Concerns in Litigation & Trial (Sept. 1999) Conference on Highway Accident Litigation, American Trucking Association Litigation Center

Speaker, Self Insured’s in Today’s Legal Climate, Continuing Loss Issues (1999) Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Meeting, ABA Section on Tort & Insurance Practice, Monterey

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American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

The International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)

Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)

Professional Liability Defense Federation

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Trucking Industry Defense Association

ABA (Professional Liability; Product Liability; Commercial Transportation)

American Trucking Association

National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC)

DRI (Commercial Litigation; Commercial Transportation; Professional Liability; Product Liability)

Court Appointed Arbitrator & Mediator, Los Angeles County Superior Court

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Awards & Accomplishments

AV Preeminent Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell

Named Top Attorney by Pasadena Magazine, 2015

Named Southern California Super Lawyer, 2006 – 2012

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