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John W. Smith T

John W. Smith T

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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP
Alabama, U.S.A.

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John Smith T has handled a wide range of litigation matters representing clients in commercial disputes, personal injury and products liability cases, intellectual property matters, employment discrimination, and real estate cases. John has tried cases in state and federal courts in Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

A significant portion of John’s practice involves the defense of product manufacturers, including makers of orthopedic implants, pain management devices, and other medical equipment. He handles individual plaintiff cases, multi-party cases, and complex litigation including collective actions. His work has often focused on defending the company’s product research and development process through technical document analysis and collaboration with company engineers and technicians, as well as developing and opposing expert witness opinion testimony on related subjects. John has worked closely with engineers and scientific experts in the areas of manufacturing best practices, FDA review and approval, risk management and quality control. His litigation experience also includes working with physicians and scientists in a variety of healthcare fields -- such as orthopedics, pathology, toxicology, epidemiology, and regulatory compliance -- as well as defending mass tort lawsuits at the national level involving complex scientific evidence and causation issues.

Since his admittance to the United States Patent Bar in 1996, John has devoted a portion of his practice to the intellectual property area, including patent and trademark prosecution and intellectual property litigation. John has helped obtain patents and trademarks for clients in the transportation and shipping industry, the sporting goods industry, and industrial engineering field. He has handled litigation matters involving claims of patent infringement, trademark infringement, violation of trade secrets, and licensing disputes. In addition, he has negotiated, drafted, and advised clients on licensing, assignment, and nondisclosure agreements.

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1992
  • Tennessee

Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Patent & Trademark Office
  • Tennessee Supreme Court
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama

Education

  • University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1992, Law Review; Order of the Coif
  • Cambridge University, , 1990
  • Northwestern University, B.S., Nuclear Engineering, 1987, Order of Omega
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

During his nearly 25 years with the firm, John has tried jury and non-jury cases in both state and federal courts. He also has handled matters in a variety of areas including commercial disputes, noncompete cases, trade secret cases, product liability lawsuits, employment discrimination cases, patent and trademark infringement matters, and personal injury cases. He regularly advises clients on labor and employment matters. 


Blogs

Declassified
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

The Declassified blog offers commentary and insights on the latest class action suits, significant class action opinions, relevant changes to laws and rules, and important class action trends. Declassified covers topics ranging from significant Supreme Court and appellate court decisions regarding...

Family Business Advocates
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Bradley’s Family Business Advocates Blog is a resource for family business owners and advisors. All business owners must plan ahead, think strategically and manage risk in order for their businesses to thrive. Family business owners must also manage family dynamics in the business, build...

Labor & Employment Insights
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Our Labor and Employment team has extensive experience helping our clients resolve disputes both in and out of the courtroom. We are proud to work with a large and diverse group of local, regional, and national clients in a variety of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, mining, media,...

Patent 213
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Patent law, like most things in life, is subject to change. Changes to patent laws not only impact investment in your existing IP, but directly shape strategies to protect your freedom to operate. The Patent 213 blog provides up-to-date, insightful analysis of the evolution in the written...

Tennessee Appellate Review
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

A successful appeal depends on counsel’s substantive understanding of appellate rules, procedures, and strategies. The Tennessee Appellate Review blog is a resource for commentary and insights on the latest state and federal appellate news. Join the conversation as we analyze decisions from the...

The Law of Order
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Bradley’s The Law of Order blog serves as a general parliamentary procedure resource, providing information about creation and revision of governing documents (constitutions, bylaws, or rules), application of Robert’s Rules of Order and other procedural authorities in a variety of contexts (such as...

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