Location: New York, NY
Specialty: Business litigation and advisory work
ESQ Firm Of The Year – Small
Mark W. Smith
All three Smith Valliere PLLC partners excel in their practice, as reflected by the AV ratings each has earned from Martindale Hubbell — the highest available professional rating. Mark W. Smith is a New York Times bestselling author of four books, and fellow partner Noelle Kowalczyk has developed considerable entrepreneurial savvy as president of a men’s fashion brand. Finally, Timothy Valliere displays his business panache negotiating with government regulators of all stripes as he navigates his clients’ way through the byzantine legal maze of business, commerce and government.
QUICK TIP “When rendering advice to clients, a professional should always think and act rationally, but be and appear sensitive and understanding.”
Smith Valliere does not make decisions without considering the ultimate impact on the client or his company. It is well equipped to do this after handling billions of dollars’ worth in litigation over the years. In addition, unlike other law firms, Smith Valliere has actually tried cases to juries. For example, the firm tried the largest no-fault trial in American history for over $23 million. As an active participant in CEO organizations such as Vistage, Smith Valliere draws considerable guidance from the business practices of corporate America. While the testing of executive candidates has for decades been a routine practice in technology and consulting companies, Smith Valliere is one of few law firms embracing mock legal document reviews and writing tests.