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Jeffrey D. Smith



The John Marshall Law School, J.D.
  • with high distinction
Michigan State University, B.S.
  • Physiology
Lansing Community College, A.A.
  • Business/Law Enforcement

Prior Experience

  • Varnum LLP, Partner, 1988-2014
  • Huff, Kreis, Enderle, Callander & Hudgins, P.C., Partner, 1983-1988
  • O'Connor & Tushla, Associate, 1980-1983


Court Admissions

Bar & Community Involvement

State Bar of Michigan

The Florida Bar

Indiana State Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

American Boat and Yacht Council

National Marine Manufacturers Association

  • Business and Industry Risk Management Council, Past Vice Chair

International Water Ski and Wakeboard Federation

  • International Official
  • International Anti-Doping Hearing Panel, Chair

USA Water Ski

  • Risk Management Committee, Chair
  • Judicial Committee, Chair
News & Resources


Jeffrey Smith is a partner and litigation attorney with more than 30 years of experience representing national and international manufacturing clients, including marine, commercial equipment, automotive, furniture, and consumer products manufacturers. His practice also includes work with corporate and healthcare clients on governance and risk management issues.

  • Counsels clients on risk prevention programs involving the integration of design, manufacturing, and documentation processes
  • Focuses practice on defending product liability, warranty issues, admiralty claims, business risk management, and complex litigation matters
  • Assists clients with product regulatory and safety compliance matters, including product investigation and recall matters with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and other regulatory agencies

News & Resources



  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2020
    • Recognized in practice area of Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine Michigan, 2017
    • Recognized in practice areas of:
      • Products Liability Defense Law
      • Transportation Defense Law: Including Aviation/FELA/Maritime
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Michigan Water Ski Association Hall of Fame, inducted in 2010