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Maria Bartiromo Interviews Mark W. Smith on National Television
August 2016
Maria Bartiromo interviewed partner Mark W. Smith on the Neil Cavuto show and discussed the legal ramifications of the recently released emails involving the Clinton Foundation and the U.S. Department of State.

Business Journalist Interviews Mark W. Smith on Fox Business Network
August 2016
Longtime business correspondent and Forbes investments editor Elizabeth MacDonald interviewed Mark W. Smith about the Clinton Foundation and its affiliates.

Breitbart Television Interviews Mark Smith
July 2016
Mark W. Smith appeared on air on Breitbart Television discussing the Republican Presidential nominating process as part of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Brexit Comments by Mark W. Smith Aired On Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network
June 2016
Mark W. Smith shared his views on the "Brexit"decision on numerous media appearances, including America's Newsroom with Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum, Varney & Co., and The Intelligence Report with Trish Regan. Smith supports the mandate of the British people, and expounded upon his reasons.

Smith Valliere Partner to Teach a Course Entitled "A Life in the Courtroom: Lessons in Business, Law, and Life".
June 2016
Mark W. Smith has agreed to teach a legal studies course in fall 2016 at The King's College in New York City bearing the working title of "A Life in the Courtroom: Lessons in Business, Law, and Life." Smith will draw on his 20 years of litigation and trial experience to give students practical guidance about how to make business and other decisions. Smith is a Presidential Scholar and Senior Fellow in Law and Public Policy at The Kings College.

Mark W. Smith Appears on NPR, National Public Radio
May 2016
As a guest on NPR, Mark W. Smith discussed the political and economic issues associated with the city of San Francisco's proposal to lower the voting age to 16. Smith addressed questions from the host and from callers across the U.S.

Mark Smith Attends Book Launch Event for Forbes Editor
?May 2016
Bestselling author and Smith Valliere Partner, Mark W. Smith, attended the New York City launch event for John Tamny’s new book entitled: Who Needs The Fed?: What Taylor Swift, Uber And Robots Tell Us About Money, Credit, And Why We Should Abolish America’s Central Bank. Author John Tamny discussed his research and work in the area of Federal Reserve policy and central banking. Tamny is an editor of RealClearMarkets.com and a political economy editor at Forbes.com.

The King's College Names Mark W. Smith as Presidential Scholar and Senior Fellow in Law and Public Policy
April 2016
The King's College has appointed Mark W. Smith as Presidential Scholar and Senior Fellow in Law and Public Policy. Smith will deliver lectures on constitutional law, legal theory and practice. Dr. Gregory Alan Thornbury, President of The King's College, has called Smith "a renaissance man," and said "Mark Smith is one of the premier trial lawyers and business attorneys in America today. His presence on campus will give our students direct access to the legal cases shaping jurisprudence today, and his vast experience and professional network will benefit the entire college community."

Smith Valliere Wins In Appeals Court Over Travelers Insurance
March 2016
Mark W. Smith appeared on behalf of medical practice High Definition MRI, P.C. before the Appellate Division, First Department, in Manhattan, in the case of High Definition MRI, P.C. v. Travelers. Finding in favor of the medical practice, the court concluded that High Definition had stated viable causes of action before the New York Supreme Court for breach of contract and for a declaratory judgment. The Appellate Division reversed and remanded the case for further proceedings.

Smith Valliere Argues for Retrial in $23 Million Appeal in Reportedly The Nation's Largest No-Fault Case
February 2016
Mark W. Smith appeared before New York's Appellate Term, Second Department, in Brooklyn, and argued on behalf of Andrew Carothers M.D., P.C., against over 50 of the nation's largest insurance companies in the precedent-setting case concerning New York's No-Fault law, Andrew Carothers, M.D., P.C. v. Progressive, et al. The appeal arose from a month-long jury trial in New York City, the first jury trial applying the precedent-setting New York Court of Appeals decision in State Farm v. Mallela, 4 N.Y.3d 313 (2005). The Mallela decision addressed the doctrine of "fraudulent incorporation" of medical practices.

Mark W. Smith Speaks at CLE Event Discussing Workplace Shootings
February 2016
At a continuing legal education presentation about the legal responsibilities of employers in the event of workplace violence, Mark W. Smith and Andrew Singer (a partner at Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP) discussed legal issues and practical defense techniques.

Partner Mark W. Smith Speaks About Life as a Courtroom Attorney and Representing High-Profile Clients at The King's College New York City
December 2015
Mark W. Smith spoke at The King's College New York City about the real-world issues he addresses as a courtroom attorney representing high-profile clients who are frequently covered by the media. Mark discussed the intersection between civil lawsuits and media coverage, and spoke about the issues associated with representing clients in the courtroom of public opinion.

Partner Noelle Kowalczyk Speaks at NRA Women's Leadership Forum Event in Colorado Springs
November 2015
Appearing at the Broadmore Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, litigation partner Noelle Kowalczyk spoke at the National Rifle Association's Annual Women's Leadership Forum, which featured an appearance by former Vice President Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney discussing their book, Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America.

Partner Mark W. Smith Speaks At 2015 Vistage Conference in Brooklyn, New York
October 2015
Founding partner Mark W. Smith addressed an audience of almost a thousand CEOs and senior corporate executives during the 2015 Vistage Executive Summit, organized by the Vistage International Organization. Mark discussed the top three legal landmines that entrepreneurs must address while growing their companies. Former Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Ford Motor Company, Alan Mulally, also appeared at the conference, in Brooklyn, New York.

Smith Valliere Supports Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths
October 2015
Mark Smith attended the Committee to Reduce Infection Death's Annual Ignaz Semmelweis Award ceremony at the Racket & Tennis Club on Park Avenue in New York City. Former Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey presented this year's award to Lee Antimicrobial Solutions for being "daring innovators, willing to challenge the prevailing knowledge... in the cause of safer medical care."

Smith Valliere Supports the American Theatre Wing, Owner of Broadway's Tony Awards
September 2015
Smith Valliere continued its support of the American Theatre Wing, owner of Broadway's Tony Awards, by appearing at the Wing's Annual Gala held at the Plaza Hotel. James Earl Jones was honored with a moving tribute by Angela Lansbury.

Mark Smith Speaks at NRA Headquarters
July 2015
Mark Smith spoke at the National Rifle Association's headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, where he provided remarks to a group of attorneys and professionals visiting from the United Kingdom. Smith discussed America's gun laws and gun culture as well as their historical underpinnings. A former professor of law, Smith has previously taught courses on the Second Amendment and America's laws of firearms. Matthew Richardson, a British Barrister and an Alderman for the City of London, attended the presentation and said, "We thoroughly enjoyed and learned much from Professor Smith's knowledge and insights. He is a fascinating speaker."

SmartCEO Magazine Honors Smith Valliere as Boutique Law Firm of the Year in New York City.
June 2015
SmartCEO magazine honored Smith Valliere PLLC with its prestigious Law Firm of the Year Award to recognize the firm's success as a boutique litigation firm in New York City. "The Firm is truly honored to receive such a prestigious award," founding partner Mark W. Smith said. "SmartCEO magazine caters to such an impressive list of chief executive officers and C-suite executives that we are thrilled to receive this recognition, especially given the impressive number and quality of the nominees for this year's award." Over two hundred business executives, accountants, attorneys, and friends gathered to honor some of New York's top professionals for their leadership, accomplishments, and success. The winners were determined to have had an outstanding impact on their clients' businesses. SmartCEO awards one Law Firm of the Year honor in New York each year in the small firm and large firm categories. Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP was named Law Firm of Year in the large firm category. During his acceptance speech at BNY Mellon, Smith addressed the inherent risks and unpredictability of today's litigation environment for all business owners and individuals with means or notoriety.

Mark Smith Introduces Prominent Federal Jurist Shira Sheindlin in Public Debate about the NYPD's Crime Prevention Policies
June 2015
Appearing with Federal District Court Judge Shira A. Sheindlin and a panel of prominent attorneys, the New York City Federalist Society held a debate entitled "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A Panel Discussion on New York City Policing Policies Today and Yesteryear." The Manhattan Institute's Heather MacDonald, former Rudy Giuliani advisor Laurence A Levy, and prominent civil rights attorney Jonathan C. Moore discussed policing issues in New York City.

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Interviews Mark W. Smith about FIFA Prosecution
May 2015
In the aftermath of the U.S. Department of Justice's criminal indictment of FIFA soccer officials in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York, the BBC news company sought Mark Smith's opinions on the high-profile matter.

Tim Valliere and Mark Smith Celebrate NYU Law School Reunion
May 2015
New York University School of Law, Class of 1995, celebrated its 20th year reunion in New York's Washington Square. Tim Valliere and Mark Smith attended, along with current law school Dean, Trevor W. Morrison. Mark Smith served on the reunion committee, which successfully raised over $400,000 for the law school.

Wall Street Journal Quotes Mark W. Smith
April 2015
Mark Smith provided the Wall Street Journal with his views on a Southern District of New York decision concerning the United States Supreme Court's recent decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman, which addressed the constitutional scope of a federal court's jurisdiction over foreign defendants. Mark Smith is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar and represented Texas legislators before the high court in 1998.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Bret Stephens and Mark W. Smith Appear at Cornell Club
April 2015
Mark W. Smith introduced Pulitzer Prize winner and foreign policy analyst Bret Stephens at the Cornell Club in New York City. Among those in attendance were judges Loretta A. Preska, Dennis Jacobs, and John W. Sweeny, Jr. Mr. Stephens discussed his recent book, America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder.

Mark W. Smith Comments on New York State's RGGI Program
April 2015
The publication City & State interviewed Mark W. Smith about his thoughts and observations on New York State's "RGGI" program. The City & State website provides coverage of New York government and politics, with running commentary and analysis of the city and state political scene.

SmartCEO Magazine Names Smith Valliere and Mark W. Smith as Finalists in its "Best Law Firm" and "Best Attorney" Awards
March 2015
SmartCEO magazine has chosen Smith Valliere and Mark W. Smith as a finalists for the 2015 New York CPA & ESQ Awards in recognition of their accomplishments as a law firm and an attorney who have made an outstanding impact on their clients' businesses. The CPA & ESQ Awards program recognizes top attorneys in New York. The finalists are profiled in the May/June issue of SmartCEO magazine and are celebrated at the June awards reception, where the winners will be announced.

Noelle Kowalczyk and Mark W. Smith Appear in the Media About RICO Lawsuit
August 2014
Noelle Kowalczyk and Mark W. Smith appeared in several national publications, including Law 360 and the Courthouse News Service, concerning a major federal RICO lawsuit pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Smith Valliere Relocates within the Rockefeller Center Complex
July 2014
The Firm has relocated to the famous McGraw-Hill building, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, which is part of the Rockefeller Center Complex in midtown Manhattan.

Noelle Kowalczyk and Mark W. Smith attend the 2014 Tony Awards
June 2014
In the annual salute to excellence on Broadway, Noelle Kowalczyk and Tony voter Mark W. Smith attended the ceremonies at Radio City Music Hall, which included Tony Awards presented to "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" Jessie Mueller, Bryan Cranston, and Neil Patrick Harris.

Mark W. Smith Participates in the Federalist Society's 2013 Lawyers Convention
November 2013
Mark W. Smith appeared the Federalist Society's 2013 National Lawyers Convention, in Washington, D.C. Honored guests and speakers included United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and many sitting members of the U.S. Senate. Mr. Smith is the vice president of the New York City Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society.

Mark W. Smith Attends Celebration of Award-Winning Book at The Tower of London in the United Kingdom
October 2013
Mark W. Smith celebrated the launch of the bestselling book Ripped: A Jack The Ripper Time Travel Thriller , by author Shelly Dickson Carr. Approximately 150 guests enjoyed food, drinks, and a presentation by Ms. Carr, which was held at the Tower of London in England. Dickson Carr's grandfather, John Dickson Carr, authored over 100 mystery novels.

Mark W. Smith Accepts Board of Trustees Position at Vermont Academy
September 2013
Vermont Academy, a notable New England preparatory school, has elected Smith Valliere partner, Mark W. Smith, to its Board of Trustees. Mr. Smith attended Vermont Academy on scholarships for football, hockey, and baseball. Immediately following his graduation from Vermont Academy, Mr. Smith joined the Saxton River Pirates, a semi-professional baseball team.

Noelle Kowalczyk Featured on The American Lawyer's TheCareerist.Com
September 2013
Noelle Kowalczyk, partner at Smith Valliere, was featured on thecareeerist.com for her success as a lawyer and as a fashion designer. Ms. Kowalczyk is the founder of Squiddledee Ties and was featured by the American Lawyer in an interview about the law, fashion, and her career.

Mark W. Smith Addresses Guests at PAICR Conference
September 2013
Mark W. Smith spoke at the 15th Annual PAICR conference in New York City. PAICR invited Mr. Smith, who is featured (along with Hillary Clinton, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Warren Buffett) in the book Personality Power, by Shoya Zichy. Mr. Smith spoke about the important effect personalities and interpersonal relationships have on office and company productivity. The Professional Association for Investment Communications Resources (PAICR) is a non-profit group dedicated to investment management marketing.

Smith Valliere Helps Honor Harold Prince at The American Theatre Wing Gala
September 2013
Smith Valliere PLLC- along with the Broadway Theatre community - helped celebrate and honor longtime producer and director Harold Prince at the American Theatre Wing Gala held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Mr. Prince is an American theatrical producer and director most famously known for Cabaret, Phantom of The Opera, Follies, and Fiddler on the Roof. Mark W. Smith is a Tony Awards Voter and an advisor to the American Theatre Wing.

Smith Valliere Appears on Front Page of New York Law Journal For Handling the Largest No-Fault Trial in American History
July 18, 2013
A story appearing on the front page of the New York Law Journal highlighted the firm's representation of a large medical practice against the interests of over 100 of the nation's largest insurance companies in a landmark trial on New York’s No-Fault insurance law. The Appellate Term, Second Department, agreed with the arguments made by Smith Valliere that the trial court wrongly allowed into evidence before the jury the repeated reading of deposition testimony that consisted only of the deponents’ invocations of their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.  However, despite the trial court wrongly allowing the jury to hear such Fifth Amendment invocations hundreds of times during trial, in a 2-1 decision the divided Appellate Term found the error to be harmless. Mark W. Smith was quoted in the piece, stating that "[t]he case law fully supports our client that error regarding adverse inferences . . . cannot be viewed as harmless but warrants a new trial." The NYT article can be found here.

Mark W. Smith Reappointed to Advisory Committee of American Theatre Wing
July 2013
Mark W. Smith has been reappointed to the American Theatre Wing Advisory Committee and with the appointment has accepted to serve for an additional three years as a Tony Award Voter on Broadway.  Partner Noelle Kowalczyk said, “The Firm is excited to support the American Theatre Wing.  There are few cultural experiences like Broadway theatre, and we are proud to support it.”

Smith Valliere Hosts Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)
June 2013
Smith Valliere co-hosted a luncheon with AllianceBernstein that featured Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson and Bernstein Wealth Manager Martin Atkin.  Senator Johnson discussed the state of the federal budget as well as the impact of the Dodd-Frank Act on Wall Street and New York City.  Mr. Atkin discussed his views of current macroeconomic trends and investment opportunities.

Mark W. Smith Receives a Perfect 10.0 Rating from AVVO Attorney Rating Service
May 2013
AVVO reports that Smith Valliere attorney Mark W. Smith received a 10 out of 10 in its proprietary attorney ranking system.  Managing Partner, Tim Valliere said, “we are pleased that Mark has received a perfect ranking from AVVO.  Mark’s achievement further attests to the quality of the attorneys practicing at Smith Valliere.”

Smith Valliere Participates in the Vistage All-City 2013 Conference
May 2013
At the annual New York City Vistage Conference, over 400 CEOs discussed the state of the world and US economies and the effect of various fiscal and monetary policies.  Smith Valliere attorneys spoke with participants about the Firm’s Legal Landmine Consulting Practice.  “We are proud of our close association with Vistage and are always happy to provide assistance to Vistage companies.” said partner Noelle Kowalczyk.  Vistage is an organization that has more than 16,000 members, largely CEOs and business owners from 15 countries, who attend monthly peer group meetings.

Smith Valliere Hosts David A. Stockman, Bestselling Author and Reagan Budget Director

April 29, 2013
Smith Valliere co-hosted a lively discussion with David A. Stockman, The New York Times best-selling author of The Great Deformation. Among the guests enjoying the spectacular views of Central Park from a conference center at AllianceBernstein were Rebecca Jarvis, Chief Economics Correspondent of ABC National News, Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA), Heather MacDonald of The Manhattan Institute, and frequent Bloomberg TV commentator Ed Dempsey of Pension Partners. Each guest received a signed copy of The Great Deformation.

Tim Valliere and Noelle Kowalczyk Receive the AV Preeminent ® Peer Review Rating, the Highest Available Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards
April 2013
Tim Valliere and Noelle Kowalczyk received Martindale-Hubbell's highest AV Preeminent ® Peer Review Rating. This is an outstanding achievement and demonstrates that both attorneys have earned the highest rating available for professional ability and ethical standards. Valliere and Kowalczyk join their colleague Mark W. Smith in receiving this honor.

Smith Valliere Hosts Idaho Governor Butch Otter
March 18, 2013
Smith Valliere co-hosted a breakfast meeting with Governor Butch Otter of Idaho. Surrounded by a group of Wall Street bankers, public policy pundits, and economists, Governor Otter discussed the state of the economy in Idaho and how federal government policies are influencing economic activity in the west.

Mark W. Smith Appears at Federalist Society's Northeastern Leadership Conference along with Former White House Counsel Boyden Gray, Eugene Scalia and Georgia Attorney General.
April 13, 2013
Mark W. Smith participated in the 2013 Northeastern Conference of the Federalist Society where discussions of the Dodd-Frank banking law and the Federal Reserve System's oversight of the CFPB carried the day. Smith questions the constitutionality of the CFSB board given that it is entirely funded by the Federal Reserve with no direct oversight by Congress or any elected officials.

Noelle Kowalczyk and Mark W. Smith Help Honor the Winners of the New York Emmy Awards
April 14, 2013
Honoring the winners and nominees of 2013 New York Emmy Awards, Smith and Kowalczyk attended that awards ceremony at the Marriot Marquee in New York City. Smith has previously served as an Emmy Award voter.

Smith Valliere Hosts 6th Annual Spring Fling Toasting Historic Royal Palaces
March 9, 2013
Mark W. Smith, Tim Valliere and Noelle Kowalczyk hosted their 6th annual Spring Fling, toasting Historic Royal Palaces, at 230 Fifth Avenue in New York City. Attending the party were CNBC's anchors Courtney Reagan and Mandy Drury, The Wall Street Journal's James Taranto, South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis, City of London Alderman Matthew Richardson as well as Sharon Bush, Janna Bullock, and Jean Shafiroff. Academy Award Winner Dame Judi Dench, known for her role as M in the James Bond films, and Jessica Fellowes, author of The World of Downton Abbey, served as the evening's patrons in honor of Historic Royal Palaces. Guests enjoyed what is believed to be the largest ever cake of the Tower of London, made by Carlo's Bakery of the hit television show Cake Boss.

Martindale-Hubbell Names Mark W. Smith One of the Country's Top Attorneys in Intellectual Property
March 2013
Mark W. Smith received Martindale-Hubbell's highest AV Preeminent ® Peer Review Rating. This is an outstanding achievement and demonstrates that Mark W. Smith has earned the highest rating available for his professional ability and ethical standards in Intellectual Property.

Mark W. Smith Addresses Crowd Alongside U.S. Senator Rand Paul and the Wall Street Journal's Jason Reilly
February 25, 2013
Mark W. Smith addressed an audience exceeding 300 attendees at the New York Meeting alongside U.S. Senator and presidential hopeful Rand Paul, bestselling author David Horowitz, Congressman Phil Roe and NRA President David Keane in addition to WABC Host Monica Crowley and the Wall Street Journal's Jason Reilly. Smith spoke about gun control issues.

Martindale-Hubbell Names Mark W. Smith One of the Country's Top Attorneys in Labor & Employment
February 2013
Mark W. Smith received Martindale-Hubbell's highest AV Preeminent ® Peer Review Rating. This is an outstanding achievement and demonstrates that Mark W. Smith has earned the highest rating available for his professional ability and ethical standards in Labor and Employment.

Mark W. Smith Argues $23 Million Appeal in Nation's Largest No-Fault Case
November 2012
In the case of Carothers v. Progressive, Mark W. Smith appeared before New York's Appellate Term to argue in favor of a large medical practice against the interests of over 50 of the nation's largest insurance companies in a precedent-setting case concerning New York's No-Fault law.

Mark W. Smith Judges America's Funniest Lawyer at Benefit for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
October 18, 2012
Mark W. Smith judged America's Funniest Lawyer Competition at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York City to help benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The evening featured special guest appearances from comedians Karen Bergreen, Harrison Greenbaum, Paul Mecurio and Dan Naturman.

Mark W. Smith, Pollsters James and John Zogby, and Ralph Nader Address Hannah Arendt Center for Politics at Bard College
October 2012
At the invitation of the Hannah Arendt Institute, Mark W. Smith debated the significance of the President and executive branch in American political life. Smith addressed an audience of several hundred academics and intellectuals at Bard College.

Smith Valliere Helps Honor American Theatre Wing at the Plaza Hotel in New York City
September 24, 2012
Smith Valliere hosted a table at the 2012 American Theatre Wing Gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The event was the most successful in the organization's history, raising close to $600,000. All proceeds from the evening will benefit the education and outreach programs of the American Theatre Wing.

Mark W. Smith Addresses Vermont Academy
September 2012
Mark W. Smith addressed the New England prep school's student body and alumni about lessons learned from the trenches of law and politics in modern America. He also explained how his experience as a three sport (football, ice hockey and baseball) athlete affected his life and professional decision-making.

Mark W. Smith Newly Elected Tony Voter
July 2, 2012
Mark W. Smith has been named to the American Theatre Wing's Advisory Committee and with that appointment Smith has become a Broadway Tony Award voter.

Mark W. Smith Appears in The New York Times About Madoff Litigation
June 2012
Mark W. Smith appeared in The New York Times concerning the firm's representation in the Madoff litigations. The NYLJ article can be found here


Smith Valliere Hosts 5th Annual Party for the Humane Society of New York
March 3, 2012
The Firm's annual party was held at District 36, which featured adoptable pets in need of a home. CNBC Anchor Mandy Drury and her husband Tim Drury, James Taranto and Anne Jolis of the Wall Street Journal, former Lieutenant Governor Betsy MacCaughey, the New York Post's Robert George, fashion designers Douglas Hannant and Maggie Norris, Sharon Bush, CeCe Cord, and Gene Brissie helped celebrate the Humane Society of New York.

Mark W. Smith Addresses Group of New York Chief Executive Officers
January 2012
Mark W. Smith addressed Chief Executive Officers of New York City companies about the current state of law and regulations in the United States and what it means for their companies' futures. He explained that what you do not know about law and litigation in America can hurt you. Smith discussed the importance of proceeding cautiously in the current business climate. Smith said that "litigation is the weapon of modern American business."

Smith Valliere Challenges Carbon "Cap & Trade" Program
June 2011
Smith Valliere filed a lawsuit on behalf of New York State energy consumers, alleging the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative was implemented in the state without legislative support. As of June 2011, the program had generated $321 million in unauthorized tax revenue. Mark Smith was quoted in Law 360 stating that "The alleged purpose behind RGGI is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but the reality is that it has become a large energy tax imposed illegally on New Yorkers." Smith further stated "New York's legislature is the primary policymaking arm of New York State. New York's bureaucratic implementation of RGGI without express and unambiguous legislative approval violates the Constitution."

Smith Valliere Files First Amendment Suit Against New Brunswick Mayor
June 2011
Smith Valliere filed a lawsuit on behalf of client Larry Blatterfein, in federal court, charging New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill with violating Blatterfein's first amendment constitutional right to free speech by holding up the transfer of a liquor license. Mayor Cahill, a known Boston Red Sox fan, admitted he does not like the name of Blatterfein's new bar, Buck Foston. Mark W. Smith was quoted in the New York Post on June 23, 2011 saying "Buck Foston's is a fun play on words that pays homage to the century-old rivalry between New York and Boston teams." Smith also stated that the mayor should "welcome a new business generating 75 jobs...[he] is placing his personal sensitivities above the needs of constituents."

Mark W. Smith Appears in Debate at Columbia Law School
April 2011
Mark W. Smith appeared alongside Wall Street's "Pay Czar" Kenneth Feinberg and NYU Law Professor Richard Epstein in a discussion of the financial crisis.

Smith Valliere's Annual Toast to The Humane Society of New York
March 12, 2011
Smith Valliere hosted their Annual Toast to The Humane Society of New York at Pacha NYC. Guests included CBS anchor Rebecca Jarvis, CeCe Cord, Elaine Sargent, Wendy Diamond and Dr. Robert Grant, who celebrated the cause with their cuddly pets and watched a special performance by Broadway star Rachelle Rak.

Mark W. Smith Joins Vistage, Nation's Prominent CEO Organization
February 2011
Mark W. Smith has accepted an invitation to join the world's leading organization for Chief Executive Officers. Vistage helps business executives become better leaders, make better decisions, and achieve better results through unique services such as meetings with peers and business coaches, expert speaker workshops and access to some to the world's top executive officers. Smith said "it is an honor to have been invited to join such a prestigious and influential organization of chief executive officers."

Smith Valliere Appears in the Wall Street Journal for Madoff Case
December 11, 2010
The Wall Street Journal took note that Smith Valliere is representing Shana Madoff, daughter of Peter Madoff, the brother of Bernie Madoff.

Smith Valliere Represents Pro Squash Tour
December 8, 2010
Smith Valliere is representing the U.S. based Pro Squash Tour against U.K. based Professional Squash Association. The Association imposed a ban on its members from competing in Pro Squash Tour sponsored events. Mark W. Smith was quoted in the New York Daily News stating, "The Professional Squash Association fears the American Pro Squash Tour. There are limited marketing dollars out there, and they don't want us competing for them."

Smith Valliere Handles Important Hearsay Evidentiary Appeal
December 2010
In the case of Andrew Carothers, M.D., P.C. v. GEICO, the Appellate Division, Second Department, ruled on the Pine Hollow doctrine for the admission of non-party documents into evidence. Mark W. Smith represented the appellant in this precedent-setting appeal.

Smith Valliere Moves To Rockefeller Plaza in New York City
July 14, 2010
Smith Valliere is celebrating its third anniversary and a move to 75 Rockefeller Plaza. The new office space is approximately 5,200 square feet and will more than double the size of the Firm's location on Madison Avenue.

Michael Mack, Syngenta AG's CEO and Mark W. Smith Appear at the American Swiss Foundation Annual Gala
June 2010
Mark W. Smith had the pleasure of introducing Michael Mack, Syngenta AG's CEO, at the 65th Annual American Swiss Foundation Dinner at the Union League Club. Mr. Mack gave the evening's keynote address entitled "Vision 2050". Special guests of the evening included Swiss Ambassador to the U.S. Urs Ziswiler and former U.S. Ambassadors to Switzerland Mercer Reynolds and Faith Whittlesey.

Smith Valliere Hosts Annual Toast to The Humane Society of New York
March 13, 2010
Smith Valliere hosted their annual toast to The Humane Society at Griffin. The event helped kick off ticket sales for the Humane Society's upcoming Photography Auction. Over 250 guests attended, among those were business anchor Rebecca Jarvis, former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland Faith Whittlesey, John Lott of Fox News, the New York Post's Robert George, Page Six editor Richard Johnson, and James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal. Attendees enjoyed a performance by MTV's America's Best Dance Crew SassX7.

Mark W. Smith Represents United States at American-Swiss Foundation Young Leaders Conference in Switzerland
November 2009
Mark W. Smith, Congressman Bill Huizenga, Swiss National Bank Chairman Philip Hildebrand and Senior Officials from Novartis, UBS, Swiss Re, the International Red Cross and the Wall Street Journal came together for the annual Young Leaders Conference in Berne, Switzerland. Faith Whittlesey, former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland, ran the conference, which discussed political, economic and international trade issues of mutual concern to the U.S., Switzerland and the European Union.