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Michael C. Smith

Michael C. Smith

Siebman, Forrest, Burg & Smith, LLP

Marshall, TX, USA


MICHAEL C. SMITH is the managing partner of Siebman Forrest’s Marshall office, where he assists clients with complex commercial and patent litigation in state and federal courts.

Mr. Smith, who has appeared as counsel of record in over 900 cases in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, served as chairman of the District’s Local Rules Advisory Committee from 2000-2009.  He has also been editor of the O’Connor’s Federal Rules * Civil Trials handbook on federal civil procedure since 1998, and maintains the nationally recognized Eastern District of Texas Federal Court Practice web log at www.EDTexweblog.com

Mr. Smith served on the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas from 2005-08, representing 24 counties in northeast Texas, where he was recognized as Outstanding Third Year Director.  He has chaired both the editorial board for the Texas Bar Journal, and the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas.  In 2016 the State Bar Board selected him as one of two nominees for President-elect of the State Bar of Texas. Mr. Smith is a past president of the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association, East Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and the Harrison County Bar Association, and is a charter member of the T. John Ward American Inn of Court, and an Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, where he has served as president for the East Texas ABOTA chapter. He is also a Life Fellow of the ABOTA Foundation, and a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.  He has been selected for inclusion in each of the Texas Super Lawyers lists since 2008, and is a recipient of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation’s Cy Pres: Impact on Justice award, TexasBarCLE’s Standing Ovation award, and the Sam B. Hall, Jr. Civic Service award from East Texas Baptist University.  In 2012, Texas Lawyer named Mr. Smith one of four Top Notch lawyers in Texas in the field of intellectual property.

Mr. Smith holds a law degree from Baylor University, a master’s degree in public administration from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M - Commerce). Before entering private practice, he served as a law clerk for the late U.S. District Judge Sam B. Hall, Jr. of the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall and Texarkana Divisions, and worked in Baylor University’s Office of General Counsel.  Prior to attending law school, Mr. Smith worked for the Texas General Land Office and the Texas Education Agency in Austin, Texas, and the National Commission to Prevent Infant Mortality in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Smith, a Marshall native, served on the Marshall City Commission for three terms, from 1996-2002, and is a former president of the Harrison County Historical Museum and the Citizens Advisory Committee and a current member of the Marshall Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  Mr. Smith is married to Harrison County Treasurer Jamie Marie Noland.  They have three sons, Grayson, 19 and twins Collin & Parker, 16. The Smiths attend St. Josephs Catholic Church in Marshall, where Mr. Smith serves on the finance and building committees. He is also a 27-year Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and a Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

In addition to his legal writings, Mr. Smith is the sole inventor on two U.S. patents, the author of two books on aircraft carriers, and owner of a prominent Marshall pizza restaurant.  In 2010 he was recognized by the Marshall Historic Landmark Preservation Board for renovating the historic Hub Shoe Store offices for use by his law firm.

Michael C. Smith is associated with the following items:
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Patent Litigation 2017, Thursday, November 23, 2017, New York, NY
Web Segment  Web Segment Ethics in Patent Litigation – Jury Research, Including Use of Social Media - Patent Litigation 2017, Tuesday, November 28, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Ethics in Patent Litigation – Jury Research, Including Use of Social Media - Ethics in Patent Litigation – Jury Research, Including Use of Social Media, Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Ethics in Patent Litigation – Jury Research, Including Use of Social Media - Ethics in Patent Litigation – Jury Research, Including Use of Social Media, Tuesday, November 28, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Ethics in Patent Litigation – Jury Research, Including Use of Social Media - Ethics in Patent Litigation – Jury Research, Including Use of Social Media, Tuesday, November 28, 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Ethical Issues Involving Social Media in Jury Cases - Patent Litigation 2018: Advanced Techniques & Best Practices, Wednesday, October 17, 2018
The Ethics of Social Media and the Jury (PowerPoint slides) - Patent Litigation 2018: Advanced Techniques & Best Practices, Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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