DeMaurice Smith is a trial lawyer and litigation partner at Patton Boggs who concentrates in white-collar criminal defense and “bet the company” tort liability trials. He is Chair of the firm’s Government Investigations and White-Collar Practice Group. Mr. Smith is a seasoned lawyer who has held lead or “first chair” responsibility in more than 80 federal and state jury trials to verdict. He has argued numerous cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and he has defended individuals in high profile criminal cases and Congressional investigations while also representing Fortune 500 companies in criminal and complex civil cases, compliance matters, and internal investigations. A native Washingtonian from Anacostia, Mr. Smith served from 1991-2000 as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia U.S. Attorney’s Office, including service as a senior prosecutor in the Violent Crime Section and the Transnational / Major Crimes Sections of the office. Mr. Smith then served as Counsel to Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder. He was also the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Lead Representative to the Law Enforcement Inaugural Committee and served in the U.S. Secret Service’s Multi-Agency Command Center during the 2001 Presidential Inauguration. Mr. Smith is a frequent commentator on MSNBC’s Hardball and The Abrams Report, and on CNN, NBC, Court-TV, and Fox television. He teaches classes on trial advocacy at the University of Virginia, George Washington University, and American University.