Michael F. Smith is a trial and appellate lawyer specializing in defending manufacturers and other suppliers and distributors of products, including automobiles, cranes, forklifts, pharmaceuticals, and implanted medical devices. He has also defended accounting firms and law firms in professional malpractice actions.
Michael is admitted to practice in Oklahoma, Illinois, and New York and has represented clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the United States. He is particularly regarded for his expertise with appellate practice and procedure in the Oklahoma Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and has had primary briefing responsibilities on a broad range of cases, including those involving products liability, professional malpractice, employment and environmental matters.
As part of his appellate practice, Michael has successfully defended judgments, based on both summary judgments and jury verdicts, in numerous appeals in state and federal courts throughout the United States, including appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. Many of those appeals involved issues of first impression, and the reported opinions in those cases have established new precedent on a variety of legal issues.
His achievements as a trial and appellate lawyer have earned him inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (commercial litigation) as well as the honor of membership in the International Association of Defense Counsel, where he serves as the vice chair for Web Site and Social Media for the Appellate Practice Committee. Michael serves as the chair-elect of the Oklahoma Bar Association's appellate practice committee and is an active member in the American Inns of Court Council Oak/Johnson-Sontag Chapter.
Active in the community, Michael serves as general counsel and vice president of the board of directors of Oklahomans for Equality, a nonprofit organization which seeks equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and families through advocacy, education, programs, alliances and the operation of the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. He also serves on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry and racism by promoting understanding and respect among all races, religions and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution and education.