Joel D. Smith is a partner with Bursor & Fisher, P.A. Joel’s practice focuses on consumer class actions and complex litigation. He has substantial experience in trial and appellate courts across the nation.
Prior to joining Bursor & Fisher, Joel was a litigator at Crowell & Moring, where he represented Fortune 500 companies, privately-held businesses, and public entities in commercial litigation and nationwide class actions. While at Crowell & Moring, Joel litigated some of the firm’s most high-profile matters, including several class actions alleging deceptive sales practices with respect to Apple iPhones and iPads, and a class action seeking to hold U.S. energy companies accountable for global warming.
Joel received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. While at Berkeley School of Law, he was a member of the California Law Review, received several academic honors, externed for the California Attorney General’s office and published an article on climate change policy and litigation.
Joel is admitted to the State Bar of California, as well as the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third and Ninth Circuits, and the Northern, Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California.
Selected Published Decisions:
In re 5-Hour ENERGY Marketing & Sales Practices Litig., 2017 WL 385042 (C.D. Cal. Jan. 24, 2017), denying motion for partial summary judgment in putative class action against the makers of 5-Hour ENERGY® products.
Mbazomo v. Etourandtravel, Inc., 2016 WL 7165693 (E.D. Cal. Dec. 8, 2016), denying motion to dismiss in putative class action alleging unlawful calls under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
Brenner v. Procter & Gamble, Co., 2016 WL 8192946 (C.D. Cal. Oct. 20, 2016), denying motion to dismiss in putative class action alleging false and misleading labeling on Pampers baby wipes.