Jeremy S. Smith is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He currently practices in the firm’s Litigation, Class Actions, Privacy, Appellate and Constitutional Law, and False Claims Act/Qui Tam Defense Practice Groups.
Mr. Smith has represented clients in a wide range of litigation in both federal and state courts. He has defended clients in class actions across numerous substantive areas of law, including privacy, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), consumer fraud, and insurance law. Mr. Smith also represents clients on appeal in a wide range of matters, with a particular focus on appellate proceedings in California state court. Finally, Mr. Smith has substantial experience with the federal and state False Claims Acts, in both trial and appellate courts.
Recent matters include:
- Representing a television channel in a multi-defendant, putative class action based on allegations the defendants have been tracking the online viewing habits of children.
- Representing a leading athletic apparel company in a sponsorship dispute with a famous athlete.
- Representing an education technology services company on appeal in the California Court of Appeal in an enforcement action brought by the California Attorney General.
- Representing a boutique clothing retailer and its celebrity founder in a putative privacy class action pending in the Central District of California.
- Representing an engineering firm in mass toxic tort litigation involving more than 400 former workers.
- Obtaining dismissal with prejudice of a putative class action lawsuit brought against an engineering firm based on allegations that the company caused a nuisance.
- Obtaining dismissal of a putative class action lawsuit brought against a manufacturer of car seats based on allegations of breach of warranty and failure to disclose.
- Obtaining dismissal with prejudice for three Southern California cardrooms in a multi-defendant lawsuit bringing bellwether constitutional and statutory challenges to the legality of the games the cardrooms play.
- Obtaining affirmance from the California Court of Appeal of a dismissal of a putative class action brought against an insurance company based on allegations the company “hacked” files which constituted a trespass to chattels.
- Obtaining decertification of a class action with over 320 thousand class members brought against a major technology company under the TCPA.
- Obtaining affirmance from the Ninth Circuit of a dismissal of a putative class action brought against an insurance company based on allegations of hacking in violation of the Stored Communications Act.
- Obtaining a favorable settlement for a major technology company in multidistrict litigation arising out of multiple data breaches.
- Obtaining a favorable settlement for a prominent technology company in a putative class action pending in the Northern District of California arising out of an alleged data breach affecting one of its clients.
- Representing a home warranty company in dozens of consumer arbitrations.
- Obtaining affirmance from the California Court of Appeal of a summary judgment ruling in favor of a construction company against allegations brought under the California False Claims Act.
- Obtaining affirmance from the Ninth Circuit of a summary judgment ruling in favor of a for-profit educational institution against False Claims Act allegations.
- Obtaining an order enforcing individual arbitration in a putative class action under ERISA brought against a large health plan.
- Obtaining dismissal of a False Claims Act lawsuit brought against a large telecommunications company.
- Obtaining dismissal of a putative class action brought against a health care provider for an alleged data breach involving over 30,000 patients.
- Serving as a first-chair volunteer prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office in two jury trials.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Smith served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kathleen Cardone of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. He has also worked in the entertainment industry before law school where he wrote, directed, and produced commercials.
Mr. Smith graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. While attending law school, Mr. Smith taught two college law courses to staff and inmates at Auburn’s maximum security prison. Mr. Smith also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable R. Gary Klausner of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. In 2003, he graduated cum laude and as a Renaissance Scholar from the University of Southern California.
Mr. Smith is an active member of his community and is a past president of the Associates Board of Teach for America – Los Angeles. He spends as much time as possible with his wife and two sons, and tries to hit a ski slope or a mountain bike trail as often as he can.
Mr. Smith is admitted to practice in the State of California, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Sixth Circuits, and in the United States District Courts for the Central and Northern Districts of California.