Kevin  Smith, Esq.

The Pattis & Smith Law Firm
The Pattis & Smith Law Firm
383 Orange St Apt 1, New Haven, CT 06511 United States
New HavenCT 06511

Kevin focuses on complex civil litigation, principally in the areas of product liability, aviation, and business litigation. As an experienced advocate and Partner in Wiggin and Dana’s Litigation Department, Kevin has represented clients in a variety of disputes in Connecticut and throughout the country, including class actions and multidistrict litigation.

Kevin is a member of the Product Liability Advisory Council and chairs the firm’s Product Liability Defense Practice Group, which recently earned the Connecticut Law Tribune’s Litigation Department of the Year Award for Product Liability for the second year in a row. In this area, he has counseled and defended product designers, manufacturers, sellers, owners, operators, and insurers in the aviation, drug and medical device, sporting goods, consumer, food, industrial, and other industries.

Kevin has tried cases in state and federal courts, serving as lead trial counsel on behalf of Fortune 500 manufacturers in multi-week trials involving product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, and property damage claims. His matters often involve technically complex products and systems, ranging from jet engines, to pharmaceuticals and medical devices, to computer hardware and software.

Kevin’s other business litigation work includes representing clients in commercial, contract, and intellectual property disputes, including investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, patent infringement and trade secrets, unfair and deceptive trade practices (CUTPA), Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), antitrust, and other business tort claims.

He has also represented physicians, hospitals and other health care entities in acquisition and other commercial disputes, and numerous medical malpractice and health care-related actions involving medical services, products, and devices with large damage claims.

Kevin has earned extensive recognition. Benchmark Litigation named him a “Litigation Star,” and he has been recognized in Who’s Who Legal in the area of aviation litigation and in Super Lawyers in the areas of aviation litigation, product liability defense, and business litigation.

Kevin serves as the Connecticut State Chair of the International Association of Defense Counsel, Treasurer and Finance Chair for the Board of Directors of Connecticut Statewide Legal Services, and a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Council. He is a recipient of the firm’s Pro Bono Achievement Award.

Before joining the firm, Kevin served as law clerk to the Honorable Thomas F. Hogan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and to the Honorable Barrington D. Parker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Kevin graduated with honors from Georgetown Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief at The Georgetown Law Journal and was elected a member of The Order of the Coif. He obtained a bachelor’s degree with honors from Yale University.


Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.)

Yale University (B.A.)

Bar Admissions


New York

Washington, D.C.

Court Admissions

US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

US District Court (District of Connecticut)

US District Court (Southern District of New York)

Memberships and Affiliations

Product Liability Advisory Council

International Association of Defense Counsel

American Bar Association – Litigation Section, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Business Litigation, Aviation and Space Law, and Product Liability Committees

Defense Research Institute

Connecticut Bar Association

New Haven County Bar Association

Judge Janet Bond Arterton Intellectual Property American Inn of Court

New Haven Inn of Court

Yale Football Alumni Association


Benchmark Litigation (2016-2022)

Super Lawyers (2015-2019)

Who’s Who Legal: Aviation (2015-2021)

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