Chad Smith

Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Career Associate

Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)

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Chad Smith is a litigation attorney and is a member of the firm's Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution group in Orrick's Wheeling office.  Chad's practice focuses on high stakes general commercial litigation and product liability litigation, often involving multiple parties.

Prior to joining Orrick, Chad worked as a personnel analyst in city government, and served as a Research Assistant on a recently published evidence textbook. 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