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Robert S. Smith

New York
7 Times Square
New York, NY 10036-6516
Tel: 212.833.1125
Fax: 212.373.7925

The Honorable Robert S. Smith (Ret.) is head of the firm’s appellate practice, and focuses on trials and appeals. Judge Smith joined Friedman Kaplan following his retirement as Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, where he served for more than a decade. During his time on the bench, he wrote scores of opinions and became well known for his judicial scholarship, insight, and intellectual rigor.

Prior to his time on the Court of Appeals, Judge Smith practiced law in New York City, and was a partner with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison for over 25 years. He has argued dozens of appeals before the federal and New York appellate courts, and two appeals before the United States Supreme Court. His trial experience in complex commercial cases is also extensive.

Outside the Office

Judge Smith has taught at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law since 2006, and taught at Columbia Law School from 1980 until 1990.

Fast Facts


Columbia Law School, J.D., magna cum laude (1968)

Stanford University, B.A., with great distinction (1965)

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

State of New York

U.S. Supreme Court

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