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Smith Villazor LLP’s founding partners have between them tried more than 40 cases to verdict.  From major criminal cases to complex commercial disputes, we have a depth of trial experience that many larger law firms lack.  Chambers USA recently praised Patrick Smith’s trial skills, with one interviewee noting: “I have rarely seen someone try a case as completely and as deftly as him.”  In 2015, co-founder Rodney Villazor won a complete defense verdict for a major financial institution in a civil case arising out of the collapse of Refco.

When we are hired to represent clients embroiled in serious disputes or facing criminal charges, we think about how to win the case at trial every step of the way.  Unlike many other lawyers, we know how to back up our client’s position with the credible threat of effective courtroom advocacy.  We are not just “litigators.”  We are trial lawyers.  Our adversaries understand this.

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