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Emily Smith

Senior Associate
P 713-652-9000 | F 713-652-9800
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Emily Smith represents Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and individuals in disputes involving trade secret misappropriation, fraud, breach of contract, patent, antitrust, and securities law. She has written briefs and motions for state, federal, and appellate courts, including the Third and Fifth circuits.

Her practice includes complex commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and qui tam matters. As a young associate in criminal court, she won a not-guilty verdict for her client charged with a misdemeanor.

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  • Education
    • J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 2012
      • Dean’s List, 2010-2012
      • American Criminal Law Review, Managing Editor
    • B.A., Emory University, 2006
  • Court Admissions
    • State Bar of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Publications & Seminars
    • “A Fresh Look at the Recoverable Damages in Trade Secrets Cases,” Houston Bar Association Seminar, 2018
    • “Fundamentally Wrong: The Consequences of Prosecutorial Cognitive Error,” ABA Criminal Litigation Committee Newsletter, 2014
    • “Corporate Criminal Liability,” American Criminal Law Review, 2011
  • Honors & Awards
    • Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, 2021-2022