Jeffrey D. Smith

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Jeffrey Smith is a partner in the Teaneck office of DeCotiis, a member of the Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the firm's Litigation Department. He joined the firm as a partner in 1998. He is also a member of the White Collar Litigation and Corporate Investigations practice groups.

Mr. Smith concentrates his practice in White Collar and Corporate Investigations and Complex Litigation. He has wide trial and appellate experience with emphasis on the defense of federal and New Jersey criminal and regulatory cases and related civil litigation. Mr. Smith has defended corporate and individual clients in a broad cross-section of industries in investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and State Attorneys General. Mr. Smith also represents clients in complex civil litigation involving allegations of fraud, breach of contract, breaches of fiduciary duty, racketeering, violations of the federal False Claims Act and redevelopment litigation.

Prior to joining the firm in 1998, Mr. Smith was an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey from 1988 until 1998. He served in a number of assignments, including the Civil Division and the Special Prosecutions Division, where he specialized in the prosecution of public corruption cases. Mr. Smith was twice the recipient of the Justice Department's Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney in 1996 and 1997. Mr. Smith was designated a New Jersey Super Lawyer in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009.

Mr. Smith is a member of the American Bar Association and a Trustee for the Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey. He has lectured and served as an instructor in a variety of forums. Mr. Smith taught in the U.S. Justice Department's trial advocacy program and represented the Justice Department at a conference in Kiev, Ukraine regarding governmental and political corruption. Mr. Smith has participated as a faculty member in a number of panels addressing white collar crime, the federal False Claims Act, internal investigations, redevelopment litigation and other issues.

Areas of Practice (2)

  • White Collar and Corporate Investigations
  • Complex Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
201-928-1100  Phone
201-928-0588  Fax
University Attended:
University of Notre Dame, B.A., magna cum laude, 1979
Law School Attended:
University of Pennsylvania, J.D., 1983
Year of First Admission:
1996, New Jersey; 1984, New York
New Jersey State and American Bar Associations.
Birth Information:
Highland Park, Michigan, August 5, 1957

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Teaneck, New Jersey

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    Teaneck, NJ
    Glenpointe Centre West , 500 Frank W. Burr Boulevard, Suite 31
    Teaneck, NJ 07666

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