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Jason H. Smith is a senior associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is a member of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group and focuses primarily on white collar defense, corporate compliance, and securities enforcement. Mr. Smith has particular experience representing multinational corporate clients in government investigations, including before the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and other regulatory and enforcement agencies. He has advised clients on, and conducted internal investigations involving, alleged securities and accounting fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), and other anti-corruption laws.
Mr. Smith was selected by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in White Collar Defense for 2019 and 2020 and was one of only ten attorneys to be included on the “Rising Star” shortlist in White Collar Defense by IFLR in 2020.
Mr. Smith, who is fluent in Portuguese, has represented various clients before DOJ and the SEC in connection with Brazil’s Operations Lava Jato and Carne Fraca. Mr. Smith is a member of the inaugural board of the Brazil-US “40 and Under” White Collar Lawyers Initiative, which consists of more than 120 lawyers across 50 law firms in various cities in the U.S. and Brazil and provides white collar lawyers with opportunities to gain insights and perspectives from leading white collar practitioners.
Mr. Smith’s representative matters include:
Mr. Smith regularly speaks and writes on compliance, securities enforcement, anti-corruption, accounting fraud, and other financial crimes. Mr. Smith’s notable speaking engagements, academic publications, and professional writings include the following:
Mr. Smith served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Mariana R. Pfaelzer of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. As a law clerk, Mr. Smith assisted Judge Pfaelzer with managing her high-stakes securities class action cases and multi-district litigation docket.
Mr. Smith received his law degree cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2011. Prior to law school, he worked at the U.S. Department of Energy under Secretary Samuel Bodman, where he managed participation of the Secretary in ministerial and bilateral meetings. He graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2007.
Georgetown University - 2011 Juris Doctor
Brigham Young University - 2007 Bachelor of Arts
District of Columbia Bar