Leigh Smith


Ms. Smith joined Evangelista Worley LLC in 2017 after practicing law for 16 years in New York and New Jersey. Most recently, she worked at a New York-based plaintiffs’ complex litigation firm where she represented investors, consumers, pension plan participants, and businesses, and individuals in complex litigation involving violations of securities law, breaches of fiduciary duty, director and officer liability, and violations of the U.S. False Claims Act. Ms. Smith’s work representing shareholders in complex securities class actions has resulted in the recovery of over $3 billion, and her work representing relators in False Claims Act actions has led to recoveries for the United States.

In addition to her law degree, Ms. Smith earned a Master of Arts in French from Rutgers University. She taught French at Rutgers University and the University of Iowa and English in Bois-Colombes, France.

  • State Bar of New York
  • State​ ​Bar​ ​of​ ​New​ ​Jersey
  •  United​ ​States​ ​District​ ​Court​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Southern​ ​District​ ​of​ ​New​ ​York
  •  United​ ​States​ ​District​ ​Court​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Eastern​ ​District​ ​of​ ​New​ ​York
  •  United​ ​States​ ​District​ ​Court​ ​for​ ​the​ ​District​ ​of​ ​New​ ​Jersey United​ ​States​ ​District​ ​Court​ ​for​ ​the​ ​District​ ​of​ ​Colorado
  •  United​ ​States​ ​District​ ​Court​ ​for​ ​the​ ​District​ ​of​ ​Massachusetts United​ ​States​ ​Court​ ​of​ ​Appeals​ ​for​ ​the​ ​First​ ​Circuit
  •  United​ ​States​ ​Court​ ​of​ ​Appeals​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Second​ ​Circuit United​ ​States​ ​Court​ ​of​ ​Appeals​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Third​ ​Circuit
  •  United​ ​States​ ​Court​ ​of​ ​Appeals​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Ninth​ ​Circuit
In re ​Tyco ​Int’l Sec.Litig. ​​ ​No.​ ​02-266-PB​ ​(D.N.H.​ ​2002)​ ​(denying​ ​defendants’​ ​motions​ ​to dismiss​ ​complaint​ ​alleging​ ​the​ ​company,​ ​its​ ​outside​ ​auditor,​ ​and​ ​several​ ​officers​ ​and​ ​directors perpetrated​ ​a​ ​complex​ ​accounting​ ​fraud).
  • J.D.,​ ​Cornell​ ​Law​ ​School,​ ​May​ ​1999 Acquisitions​ ​Editor,​ ​Cornell​ ​Journal​ ​of​ ​Law​ ​and​ ​Public​ ​Policy Member,​ ​Cornell​ ​Moot​ ​Court​ ​Board Finalist,​ ​Cuccia​ ​Cup​ ​Moot​ ​Court​ ​Competition
  • M.A.,​ ​Rutgers​ ​University,​ ​May​ ​1994 Graduate​ ​School​ ​Fellowship;​ ​Rutgers​ ​Scholars​ ​Awards Part-time​ ​Lecturer;​ ​Teaching​ ​Assistant;​ ​Writing​, ​Tutor Assistante ​d’anglais  ​(English​ ​assistant​ ​teacher)​ ​in​ ​Bois-Colombes,​ ​France,​ ​1993-1994 .
  • B.A.,​ ​Rutgers​ ​College,​ ​May​ ​1990 High​ ​Honors Phi​ ​Beta​ ​Kappa,​ ​Phi​ ​Sigma​ ​Iota Rutgers​ ​Merit​ ​Scholarships;​ ​Dean’s​ ​List
  • Environmental ​ ​ Class ​ ​ Actions: ​ ​ A ​ ​ Look ​ ​ at ​ ​ the ​ ​ Gulf ​ ​ Oil ​ ​ Spill ​ ,​ ​​CADS​ ​Report,​ ​Vol.​ ​21,​ ​No.​ ​1​ ​(Fall 2010)​ ​(co-authored​ ​with​ ​Peter​ ​Safirstein,​ ​Esq.).
  • April’s​ ​Child​ ​(f/k/a​ ​the​ ​Child​ ​Abuse​ ​Prevention​ ​Center),​ ​Volunteer​ ​Parent​ ​Aide,​ ​March​ ​2016​ ​– present.

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