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.

Prior to starting the Firm, Mr. Smithers practiced law with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in both San Jose and San Francisco. Mr. Smithers also practiced law with Cooley, LLP in Palo Alto.

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, teaching the Trade Secrets class sine 1995. He is also a member of the AIPLA Trade Secret Law Committee. He also is an advising attorney for the Entrepreneur’s Legal Advising Clinic Attorney-Law Student Mentor Program, and a member of the St. Thomas More Society of Santa Clara County.

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