Richard C. Smith is a partner in Linklater’s Washington, D.C. office. He is a seasoned white-collar defense attorney and an experienced trial attorney. He has tried over 25 jury trials in federal court as well as 50 state courts trials. Mr. Smith’s practice focuses on complex litigation, white collar criminal defense, multilateral bank investigation, transactional and third-party due diligence, risk assessment, creation and review of anticorruption policies and procedures, and internal investigations.
Richard served as the Principal Deputy Chief for Litigation of the Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section. He supervised litigation activities and trials prosecuted by the trial attorneys. He also served as counsel to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, and he provided legal and policy advice about prosecution and sentencing issues to all 93 United States Attorneys. He also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Houston, Texas and served as lead trial attorney in public corruption and white-collar crime cases.
He has extensive experience representing corporate entities, their executives, and employees in connection with grand jury investigations, civil and criminal trials, and hearings, debarment proceedings, transnational regulatory investigation, and enforcement proceedings, federal and state criminal prosecutions, criminal antitrust investigations and prosecutions, and False Claims Act and Healthcare Fraud investigations. He also has experience representing business entities and executives in such civil matters as breach of contracts, tortious interference of business relationships, and civil RICO.