Colleen Smith is a partner in the Litigation & Trial Department of Latham & Watkins' San Diego office. Ms. Smith is a member of the Securities Litigation & Professional Liability Practice as well as the Life Sciences and Information Technology—Hardware, Software & Services Industry Groups. She represents public companies, directors and officers, and accounting firms in securities fraud class actions, shareholder derivative litigation, mergers and acquisitions litigation, SEC investigations, internal investigations, and other complex, high-stakes litigation.
Ms. Smith is experienced in all aspects of complex litigation, including major motion practice, fact and expert discovery, trial, and appeals. In recent years, she led a six-week jury trial in federal court involving claims totaling nearly US$200 million which the jury returned a unanimous verdict for her client. Ms. Smith has successfully briefed and argued appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and in the California Courts of Appeals.
Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, Ms. Smith served as a law clerk to David R. Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to James H. Michael of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia. Prior to law school, Ms. Smith served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy.
Ms. Smith serves on the Board of the San Diego Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and is a member of the San Diego Chapters of the Welsh Inn of Court and the Wallace Inn of Court.
"Disclosure and Discovery in the Southern District: Deposition Practice," Federal Bar Association San Diego, 2013