Matthew J. Smock focuses his practice on defending pharmaceutical and consumer product companies in class and mass tort actions involving product liability and false advertising claims and representing clients in high-stakes business litigation matters.
Matt’s experience ranges from advising clients on pre-litigation matters, to defending his clients amid broad discovery, preparing his clients for trial, and successfully representing his clients on appeal.
Matt also dedicates a significant amount of his time to his pro bono clients, with a focus on immigration matters.
- Consumer Actions
- Defending major consumer products companies against false advertising class actions involving a wide range of personal care products
- Achieving favorable settlement of major qui tam False Claims Act litigation against non-bank mortgage servicer involving payments under HAMP loan modification program
- Products Liability/Personal Injury
- Obtaining full defense verdict in personal injury case an antipsychotic drug. The trial was the first bellwether trial in a California Judicial Council Coordinated Proceeding involving thousands of plaintiffs
- Defending major pharmaceutical manufacturers in personal injury mass tort actions, including representation in both state and federal coordinated proceedings
- Defending a major pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturer in appeals from personal injury verdicts for tens of millions of dollars
- Developing and implementing appellate strategies for trial teams in high-exposure wrongful death and personal injury matters, ranging from prison incidents to automobile accidents
- Commercial Disputes
- Achieving favorable settlement in representing an agricultural company in a $100+ million breach of contract and interference lawsuit involving organic fertilizer
- Successfully obtaining declaratory relief for manufacturer serving the aircraft/aerospace industries in a breach of warranty action
- Advising clients on potential litigation over high-exposure contract disputes, and representing clients in pre-litigation negotiations
- Pro Bono
- Successfully representing applicant seeking relief from removal in an appeal before the Ninth Circuit, resulting in a precedential decision that enforces the procedural rights of incompetent persons in removal proceedings (Mejia v. Sessions, 868 F.3d 1118 (9th Cir. 2017)
- Successfully representing victim of child abuse in obtaining Special Immigrant Juvenile Status as a pathway to becoming a legal permanent resident
- US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
- US District Court, Central District of California
- US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- University of California at Los Angeles, J.D.: Order of the Coif; Michael T. Masin Scholar
- Yale University, B.A., Political Science: with distinction
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