Randall A. Smith - Senior Managing Partner

Randall A. Smith - Senior Managing Partner - Randall A. Smith


Randall A. Smith is a veteran trial lawyer and the founder and managing partner of a boutique litigation firm, Smith & Fawer, LLC, which focuses on providing excellent trial counsel for both plaintiffs and defendants in complex cases. Mr. Smith’s litigation experience is broad, with a special emphasis on business and commercial litigation, takings/eminent domain litigation, and white collar criminal defense. Having obtained many successful judgments, Mr. Smith has earned his reputation as an assertive, creative, and focused trial counsel.

Mr. Smith was born in New York and raised in Geneva, Switzerland and Washington D.C. His father, Robert S. Smith, was a lifelong diplomat who served, among other posts, on the National Security Council and as the United States Ambassador to The Ivory Coast. His mother, Sally L. Smith, was a pioneer in the field of learning disabilities, who founded The Lab School of Washington, authored ten books in the field, and was a tenured professor at American University.

Mr. Smith is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College (‘78) and Yale Law School (‘82) who moved to New Orleans to serve as a law clerk in 1982-1983 to the Honorable Charles Schwartz, Jr., United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. After completing his clerkship, Mr. Smith accepted a position with the Stone Pigman law firm, where he was named partner after five years in 1988. At the end of 1994, Mr. Smith left the partnership to pursue his vision and start Smith & Fawer, LLC.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Smith has been active in numerous bar organizations and has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola University’s School of Law for over twenty (20) years, teaching courses on business litigation and white collar crime every year, in addition to lecturing at many seminars locally and nationally, particularly in the area of eminent domain. Mr. Smith was also selected as the sole Louisiana member of the Owner’s Counsel of America, a national association of experienced property rights and eminent domain attorneys.

Mr. Smith is a community leader committed to New Orleans, who works tirelessly for the betterment and improvement of the City, particularly in the area of the arts, where he supports a wide variety of creative projects. Mr. Smith served for over a decade as President of the Canal Street Development Corporation (“CSDC”), a public benefit corporation dedicated to stimulating business development and the adaptive reuse of Canal Street. After leading the CSDC in bringing back the Saenger Theater following Hurricane Katrina, he now serves as the Chairman of Friends of the Saenger and New Orleans Theatre, Inc. Mr. Smith has also committed his time and resources to improving childhood education in the City in various ways, including piloting and funding the Judgment Call project for elementary school children through a grant to the Junior League of New Orleans and serving on the board of different schools.

Practice Areas

  • Business Litigation
  • Takings/Eminent Domain Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • Property Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Estate Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Community Property Litigation
  • Maritime Litigation
  • Catastrophic Injury Litigation
  • Professional Liability Litigation
  • White Collar Criminal Defense

1983, Louisiana, U.S. District Court, Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 1990, U.S. Supreme Court

Law School
Yale University, J.D., 1982.

Amherst College, B.A., 1978,
(Phi Beta Kappa, 1977).

American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Fifth Circuit Bar Assocation
Louisiana Bar Foundation
Louisiana Bar Association
New Orleans Bar Association
AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell



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