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Steven L. Smith

Biography 

Steve Smith is a partner at Jones Day in San Francisco.  He focuses his practice on the arbitration and litigation of complex international commercial disputes in a broad range of industries. In his more than 30 years of practice, he has handled matters for and against sovereign entities from the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa and has served as counsel and arbitrator in numerous arbitrations around the globe.

Recognized as one of the world's leading international arbitration lawyers in many notable directories, Steve has been described by Chambers USA and other publications as "a truly outstanding advocate whose written product and oral advocacy simply astound"; a "masterful advocate who can put together mesmerizing argument"; a "first-class advocate"; and an "outstanding counsel."

Steve is a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School, where he teaches international commercial arbitration. In addition, he is a frequent author on international dispute resolution and speaks often on that subject at conferences throughout the world.

Steve is co-chair of the ABA's International Arbitration Committee, a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration in Paris, and chairs the ICC's Arbitration Committee for the Northwest U.S. He is an honorary member of the Commercial Bar Association of London and a former chair of the International Law Section of the State Bar of California. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the Berkeley Journal of International Law.