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John W. Smith T

John W. Smith T



  • Antitrust and Competition
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Banking and Financial Services

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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, 2008

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


  • 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

Antitrust and Competition | Banking and Financial Services | Complex Business Litigation | Energy | Intellectual Property | Labor and Employment | Life Sciences | Life Sciences Litigation | Litigation | Patents and Patent Litigation | Product Liability | Solar Energy

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. 


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