Michael R Smith


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Michael Smith

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Michael Smith is Co-chair of King & Spalding’s Securities Litigation Group, focusing his practice on securities and shareholder litigation and related board investigations.  Mr. Smith has been a partner of the firm since 1990. 

Mr. Smith has litigation experience in a wide range of securities and shareholder litigation matters, including securities fraud class action litigation, shareholder derivative actions, audit committee and other board committee investigations, SEC enforcement actions, corporate takeover litigation, and related business tort litigation.  He has appeared in courts throughout the southeastern United States, and in New York, Delaware, California, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Illinois, Minnesota and Texas. 

Mr. Smith is a frequent speaker and writer on securities litigation topics.  His recent speaking engagements and publications in this area have included:

  • “Item 303 Update: Second and Ninth Circuits Split on Whether Failure to Disclose ‘Known Trends or Uncertainties’ Is Actionable Under Section 10(b) & Rule 10b-5,” Bloomberg BNA Securities Regulation & Law Report, March 2015

  • “Delaware Supreme Court Extends Shareholder Books and Records Inspection Rights to Privileged Internal Investigation Documents,” King & Spalding Directors Governance Center, August 2014

  • “Georgia’s Business Judgment Rule (and Its Limitations),” Lexology, July 2014

  • “The Supreme Court’s Halliburton Decision: Impact on Securities Class Actions,”  King & Spalding Directors Governance Center, June 2014

  • Lead Director Network - Board Investigations Roundtable Discussion, June 2013

  • “Supreme Court's Amgen Ruling Creates Wide-Ranging Implications for Securities Suits and Other Business Litigation,” King & Spalding Client Alert, March 2013

  • “U.S. Supreme Court Limits Primary Liability Under Rule 10b-5 - Janus Capital Group Decision,” Financial Fraud Law Report, September 2011

  •  “Loss Causation Issues After Supreme Court Halliburton Decision,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, July 2011

  • “The Board’s Role in Internal Investigations,” BNA Securities Regulation & Law Report, November, 2010

Mr. Smith obtained his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Georgia.

J.D., cum laude, Harvard University
A.B., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Georgia