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D. Todd Smith
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I'm often asked, "What does Austin Bar Association membership do for me?" The latest issue of the Austin Lawyer has a great summary. And if you're on the bubble, the Bar will give you the rest of 2016 free if you join for 2017. Why wait?
The official publication of the Austin Bar Association, Austin Lawyer is published 10 times per year and goes to more than 4,000 legal professionals in the Austin area. Each issue features articles written by, and about, the Austin legal community. Guest columnists report on the latest in management, finance, insurance, and other topics of interest to the membership.
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I'm running in a contested race for Austin Bar Association Treasurer. My opening campaign message appears below. Austin Bar members, I'd appreciate your support.
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My partner Maitreya Tomlinson discusses the "deadline" for filing a mandamus petition in Texas.
It doesn’t come up very often. In fact, as I type this, a number of soon-to-be filers are frantically drafting their petitions, compiling their records, and perfecting their emergency motions in reaction to a recent ruling. Whether to salve the recent wound of an adverse ruling or to preserve a fleeting right, parties typically file … Continue Reading
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Should in-house counsel or other decisionmakers get a second opinion on case strategy? Maybe so, if medical statistics are any indication.
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Lawyers of all ilks should listen to +Thom Singer's awesome Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do Podcast. A while back, Thom's guest (Linda Smith of DLA Piper) described her trial practice as "bathtub law." That episode inspired my latest blog post.
It may sound strange, but I practice bathtub law. I don’t present myself as an expert in any substantive legal topic. To the contrary, as I wrote here several years ago: Appellate lawyers are perhaps the last of the generalists. Although appellate practice has gained notoriety as a specialty, it focuses less on the substantive law than on the lawyer’s … Continue Reading
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If you follow my blog on Texas appellate practice, this post discusses some recent changes we've made. Exciting times ahead!
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Got back from my business trip to ‪#‎SPI‬ and promptly booked our annual family trip there. Just driving across the Queen Isabella Causeway flushes all the stress from my body.
I spoke today at TexasBarCLE’s Soaking Up Some CLE Program on South Padre Island—one of my favorite places to visit. My topic was “Jury Charges in Commercial Cases.” For anyone interested, my slidedeck appears here. Today was the first time I’ve presented on this particular topic. As always, I learned a lot getting ready for … Continue Reading
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Announcing my candidacy for Austin Bar Association Treasurer.
No, the headline isn’t a lead-in for an appellate lawyer joke. In all seriousness, I’m announcing my nomination to run for treasurer of the Austin Bar Association. This race will be contested, as one other candidate was also nominated to appear on the ballot. Election as treasurer would put me on a path to becoming Austin … Continue Reading
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My partner Laura Haley has written another blog post about things she learned while serving as in-house counsel and how those lessons apply to lawyer life on the outside.
My last post discussed the importance of avoiding career-limiting moves. Today, I’ll focus on how in-house litigators have the opportunity to learn information every day that they can and will use in future litigation—every single day. That learning opportunity will happen if you keep your door open and are nice. In-house legal departments handle a … Continue Reading
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Texas lawyers, for insight on when you're required to report another attorney for misconduct, follow Brandy Voss​'s series on our firm's blog.
“Nobody likes a tattletale,” said my mother when I would tell on my sister for various transgressions, like stealing my Barbie dolls. The lesson my mother was teaching was that I should deal with my sister myself. As members of a self-regulated bar association, however, Texas lawyers are required to report serious violations of the … Continue Reading
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When someone is looking for a "contract appellate lawyer," what exactly do they mean? I discuss a few possibilities here.

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Every so often, I hear about someone looking for a “contract appellate lawyer” to help with a particular case. Most of these inquiries are from other attorneys, but they sometimes come directly from the person in need of legal services. A contract is fundamental to the relationships that provide business to appellate lawyers. In that sense, … Continue Reading
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Lawyers, what would you add to the list of ways appellate counsel can help a trial team?
 
New Blog Post | An Appellate Lawyer Makes a Trial Team Better
A while back, the folks at Texas Lawyer invited me to submit an article on how appellate counsel may play a supporting role in the trial court. The article is now available online and will appear in next week’s print edition. In the article, I focus on four areas in which an appellate lawyer can support … Continue Reading
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Texas appellate lawyer and founder of @SmithLawGroup. Publisher of @AppellaTex (Texas Appellate Law Blog). Husband, father, and @TCUFootball fan.
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  • Texas Christian University
    B.S., 1985 - 1989
  • Texas Tech University
    M.P.A., 1989 - 1992
  • St. Mary's University School of Law
    J.D., 1992 - 1995
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  • Smith Law Group LLLP
    Founder and Managing Partner, 2006 - present
  • Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.
    Attorney, 1997 - 2006
  • Supreme Court of Texas
    Law Clerk, 1995 - 1997
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