Mr. Smithers is the founding partner of Smithers Law Firm. He practices in the area of commercial litigation, with an emphasis on employment and trade secret litigation. He is a 1981 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, where he earned his B.A. in Economics. He earned his J.D. from the Santa Clara University School of Law in 1985, where he was on the Dean’s List from 1983-85, and also served on the Honors Moot Court Board. Mr. Smithers served as a law clerk to Judge William A. Ingram, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, from 1986-87. Mr. Smithers sits as an arbitrator and judge pro tem for the Santa Clara County Superior Court. He has served on the Executive Committee for the Santa Clara County Business Litigation Section, and was the Chairperson of that committee in 2001. Mr. Smithers also is an Adjunct Professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law.