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Colby A. Smith

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Colby Smith is a litigation partner and is Co-Chair of the Securities Litigation Practice of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. His practice focuses primarily on securities class action and derivative litigation, Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory enforcement matters, and internal corporate investigations, including those arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"). Mr. Smith is recognized by The Legal 500 US (2011), where he is noted for his "integrity, objectivity, passion for client service, and stature and reputation with the US regulatory agencies."

Mr. Smith is a member of the American Bar Association, where he participates in the Litigation and Criminal Justice Sections and the Class and Derivative Action and White Collar Crime Committees. He is admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court, US Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Ninth, Tenth and District of Columbia Circuits, and the US District Courts for the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York and District of Columbia.

Mr. Smith joined Debevoise in 1988 and became a partner in 1996. He received B.S. degrees magna cum laude from the University of Utah in 1979 and 1980. He received his M.A. in Philosophy from Columbia University in 1984, where he was a President's Fellow. He earned his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law in 1987, where he was a Senior Editor of the Law Review and a Stone Scholar.

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