Chad Smith

Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Career Associate

Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)

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Chad Smith is a litigator in Orrick’s Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice. His practice focuses on high stakes general commercial litigation and product liability matters, often involving multiple parties.

Chad takes on complex matters and has a keen ability to master the facts in a case so that they can be wielded in a way that is meaningful to the outcome for his clients. In both complex corporate litigation and criminal matters, Chad’s ability to digest large amounts of information and zero in on what is meaningful has led to an extensive track record of success in offensive and defensive briefings on motions and complex pleadings. His clients range from corporate executives to sophisticated investors to tech companies facing criminal and complex litigation. Chad was also part of the Orrick team that won the Financial Times Innovation Prize for its ability to deliver novel solutions for business processes. 

Chad maintains a pro bono practice which centers on prisoners’ rights. He worked extensively on an administrative challenge to Nebraska’s execution protocol, which was ultimately argued to the Nebraska Supreme Court, and currently represents an inmate challenging Louisiana’s non-unanimous jury verdicts.

Chad was a summer associate with Orrick in 2017, and he is a December 2017 graduate of The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, where he was an Articles Editor of the Ohio State Law Journal. Chad also received a CALI Award for Excellence in Corporate Governance Law and Business Bankruptcy. He received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University, majoring in Economics and Political Science.

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Worried About Trade Secret Poaching? Check in With Your Third-party Service Providers

Hiring external contractors is common practice in the fast-paced tech-industry where talent is scarce and in high-demand, but such a practice can expose a company’s most valuable IP to the confidentiality measures, or lack thereof, of those external contractors. This type of common business model is an area ripe for trade secret theft. University Accounting Services (“UAS”) alleges that this is exactly what happened when their point person at ScholarChip, an external tech company hired by UAS to design and maintain their tuition collection software “eUAS,” left ScholarChip and formed a product in direct competition with UAS. UAS filed suit in Oregon against ScholarChip and its former employee, and both filed a motion for summary judgement. The court denied the motion and held that there were genuine disputes of material fact surrounding the breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets claims, among others. READ MORE