Mr. Smith’s practice focuses on construction litigation and arbitration, including representing project owners, contractors, and EPC firms in the resolution of disputes arising out of technologically complex projects.  Mr. Smith has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial litigation and arbitration including contested hearings, jury and bench trials, arbitral hearings, and mediation and has represented clients in state and federal courts around the country and in domestic and international arbitrations.  Mr. Smith has handled disputes involving a variety of claims including construction and design defects, delay, mechanic’s liens, breach of contract, and business torts.

Prior to joining Stein Ray, Mr. Smith was a partner in an international law firm, where he specialized in complex litigation and arbitration matters including construction and design disputes as well as other business and insurance disputes.

Representative Matters

  • Represented general contractor in litigation involving claims of construction and design defects in a first-of-its kind glass cable-net wall.
  • Represented EPC contractor in arbitration arising out of owner’s termination of the power plant project.
  • Represented general contractor in arbitration arising out of alleged construction and design defects at a retirement community.
  • Represented construction manager of a high-rise construction project in litigation involving claims of lack of payment, mechanics’ liens, alleged delays, and construction and design defects.
  • Represented international engineering firm in multiple arbitrations relating to the design, build, and operation of an organics processing facility.
  • Represented general contractor in litigation arising out of construction of continuing care retirement community and alleged claims of delay and construction and design defects.


Mr. Smith earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1998.  He earned his B.A. in History, magna cum laude, from Brandeis University in 1995.