Judge Smith served as an Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, for 14 years until his retirement in September 2006. Following his retirement from the bench, he joined Chadbourne & Park, LLP as a partner where he specializes in litigation and ADR. From 1987 until 1992, he was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department and from 1980 to 1986 was a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. He will continue to stay on as a partner at Chadbourne.
“Judge Smith is a tremendous judge with a reputation for fairness, inclusiveness and compassion,” said Chris Poole, JAMS president and CEO. “He already has proven himself as a successful neutral while at Chadbourne and I know he will make him an excellent addition to the JAMS New York Resolution Center.”
“I find ADR work incredibly rewarding and I’m excited to join the outstanding panel of New York neutrals and JAMS’ superior case management team,” said Judge Smith.
Judge Smith graduated with his B.A. and LL.B. from Yale University. He also has an M.A. and a Ph.D. from New York University and an LL.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law.