Jeffrey A. Smith
Jeffrey A. Smith is a partner in the New York office of Crowell & Moring and is a member of the firm's Environment & Natural Resources and Corporate groups. Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Jeff was a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where he founded the environmental practice group, in addition to serving a five-year term as the firm's managing partner. Jeff has been repeatedly cited as one of the country's preeminent environmental practitioners.
As Partner in charge of the environmental practice at Crowell & Moring, Jeff works on financings, underwritings and mergers and acquisitions nationally and internationally in all industries. The group also provides day-to-day counseling on environmental management and corporate governance issues, environmental issues of interest to the SEC, shareholder relations involving environmental matters and environmental litigation. Jeff frequently speaks on environmental issues, including guest lectures at Harvard, Columbia, Penn, Georgetown, NYU, Pace and Vanderbilt law schools. He was the first Chairman of the ABA’s Special Committee on Environmental Disclosure. He has written a chapter on SEC disclosure issues in real estate transactions in the ABA book Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transactions, chapters on SEC disclosure and officers’ and directors’ fiduciary obligations for the ABA treatise Global Climate Change and U.S. Law, articles in the Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation, the Carbon and Climate Law Review and the Capital Markets Law Journal on corporate disclosure relating to climate change, an article on the implications of global warming on business transactions, published in the N.Y.U. Journal of Law and Business, and a series of articles on climate change in the U.S. courts, published in Environmental Liability. In October 2007, Jeff testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment regarding potential SEC requirements for disclosure relating to climate change. He was cited as being one of the country’s preeminent environmental practitioners by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Businessin 2009, 2010 and 2011 and by PLC Which Lawyer? in 2010. Jeff was also recognized for his transactional and regulatory work in the environmental area by The Legal 500 in 2011. Cravath’s environmental practice received the publication’s highest ranking for its “great attention to detail, constant availability and fantastic rapport with clients.” He was also recognized in Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers 2009 and The Best Lawyers in America in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He received an A.B. cum laude from Harvard University in 1974 and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981 where he was a legal writing instructor and president of the Environmental Law Society. Jeff currently serves on the Board of The Urban Assembly, the Adams Street Foundation and Environmental Advocates of New York. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.