Ninth Circuit: Injunctive Relief Claims Relating Only to Past Harms to a Limited Class Are Not Exempt From Arbitration
9th Circuit: Federal Arbitration Act Preempts California's Broughton-Cruz Rule on Claims for Injunctive Relief
Nathaniel R. Smith
Mr. Smith is a senior associate in the law firm’s Litigation practice and Securities Litigation and Enforcement group. His practice focuses on complex commercial disputes and consumer class actions, as well as disputes involving the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.
Mr. Smith practices in state and federal courts and before arbitration panels. He has also represented clients in adversary proceedings in bankruptcy court. Representative matters of Mr. Smith's include large scale commercial litigation, disputes over corporate fiduciary duties, and class actions involving the California Unfair Competition Law.
Mr. Smith maintains an active pro bono practice covering a range of issues, including eminent domain and Social Security benefits. The State Bar of California recognized Mr. Smith with the Wiley W. Manuel Award for his pro bono contributions. He also serves as an alumni advisor at the University of California, San Diego.
Before joining Pillsbury, Mr. Smith served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen M. McNamee, District Judge, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. As a law student, Mr. Smith served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Louisa S. Porter, Magistrate Judge, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
American Inns of Court
Association of Business Trial Lawyers
San Diego County Bar Association
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Central and Eastern Districts of California, and all California State Courts