Danny Smith is of counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of the Public Policy practice group.
Danny’s practice focuses on advancing clients’ interests before the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch. He provides a range of services to clients, including political advice, intelligence gathering, policy expertise, communications guidance, and legislative analysis and drafting.
Prior to joining the firm, Danny started his career on Capitol Hill with then-Majority Leader Harry Reid. He then worked for U.S. Senator Cory A. Booker for nearly a decade, starting as a Legislative Correspondent and was subsequently promoted to Deputy Counsel, Counsel, and Chief Counsel. As Senator Booker’s Chief Counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Criminal Justice and Counterterrorism, Danny managed and directed Senator Booker’s work before the Committee and provided strategic and political advice to the Senator on a range of policy issues, including antitrust, civil rights, criminal justice, homeland security, intellectual property, national security, nominations to the Executive and Judicial Branches, privacy, and technology. During his tenure, Danny successfully oversaw or contributed to the passage of the Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act, the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, and the landmark First Step Act. Danny frequently worked and coordinated with Senate Democratic Leadership on Senate Judiciary Committee matters due to Senator Booker’s position on Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s Leadership team.
Danny received his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law where he was a member of the school’s flagship journal, the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal. He also graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy.
* Admitted only in Illinois; practicing under the supervision of members of the District of Columbia Bar under D.C. App. R. 49
Loyola University - Chicago - 2012 Juris Doctor
University of Notre Dame - 2008 Bachelor of Arts