Nathan M. Smith focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and appeals. He has represented corporate, government, and individual clients in connection with federal, state, and arbitration proceedings. On other occasions he has helped clients resolve looming disputes while avoiding litigation. He has experience with disputes over diverse subjects including energy and licensing agreements, fiduciary duties, fraudulent transfers, anticompetitive conduct, executive compensation, technology counterfeiting, and Internet defamation. He has does intensive work on both the plaintiff and defense sides, including successful advocacy on damages and remedies issues, in cases with billions or hundreds of millions of dollars at stake. Some of his most rewarding engagements, however, have involved stakes that were smaller in dollar amounts, but which represented the financial future of an individual or an emerging company.
Nathan was selected for inclusion in the 2012 and 2013 Texas Super Lawyers—Rising Stars lists published in Texas Monthly magazine. He has delivered continuing education presentations to other lawyers, including a presentation to newly licensed Houston lawyers as part of the Guide to the Basics of Law Practice course mandated by the Texas Supreme Court. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Houston Bar Association, and previously served as a co-chair of the Promoting Diversity Committee of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.
Nathan speaks German, and lived in Germany for two years (1996-1998). He and other attorneys at Reynolds, Frizzell, Black, Doyle, Allen & Oldham L.L.P. have handled a number of matters for German clients, or which involved German witnesses and German-language documents.
Prior to joining the firm, Nathan completed a judicial clerkship with with the Honorable Jennifer W. Elrod of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Before the clerkship he was a litigation associate in the Dallas office of Baker Botts L.L.P. (2005-2008), and served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable David C. Godbey of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas (2004–2005).
Nathan is licensed by the State Bar of Texas, and admitted to practice in the federal district courts for the Southern, Eastern, Western, and Northern districts of Texas, and in the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
University of Chicago Law School
J.D. with Honors, 2004
Robert S. Fiffer Scholar
Hinton Cup Winner (First Place), 2002-2003 Moot Court Competition
Co-chair, Moot Court Board
Brigham Young University
B.A., summa cum laude, in German, 2001
Karl G. Maeser and Edwin S. Hinckley Scholar
Humanities convocation speaker
Phi Kappa Phi