John Da Grosa Smith, a Philadelphia native with family roots on the bench of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, began his legal career as a prosecutor at the Office of the Philadelphia District Attorney. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Temple University (’98) and is a graduate of the University of Scranton (’95) and St. Joseph’s Prep (’91.)
As an accomplished trial lawyer in Philadelphia prosecuting hundreds of cases involving major felonies such as attempted murder, assault, theft and narcotics violations, John set out to develop a strong business background outside the practice of law by joining one of the top-tiered consulting firms in the world, Accenture. As a consultant in Chicago, John worked in telecommunications — for AT&T and Bell South — where he developed and implemented business and technology strategies to help carriers compete in local markets in response to the major de-regulation measures of the 1990’s.
In 2003, John joined the Rogers & Hardin general litigation group in Atlanta, where he served a five-year tenure as an Associate with a concentration in securities. John decided to leave Rogers & Hardin in 2008 to start his own private practice SMITH — a sophisticated boutique law firm that litigates high-stakes, high-profile cases and provides outside general counsel services to high-net-worth individuals and corporations.
Based in Atlanta with a presence in Philadelphia, SMITH has earned a reputation for rejecting BigLaw through its edgy, hard-hitting, and innovative approach. In founding the Firm, John’s mission was to create bespoke legal services in the South that are both practical and smart combining a sophisticated practice with gritty Philly-style trial advocacy. The Firm is like no other.
For more than 10 years SMITH has litigated high-stakes cases, which have appeared in Bloomberg, U.S. News & World Report, The Legal Intelligencer, Daily Report, Law 360, The Guardian, and numerous other national and international publications.
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STATE BAR ADMISSIONS:
J.D., Temple University School of Law
cum laude, 1998
B.A., University of Scranton
cum laude, 1995
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