Don Howarth, Suzelle M. Smith, and Padraic Glaspy

Don Howarth, Suzelle M. Smith, and Padraic Glaspy

Howarth & Smith handles trials for plaintiffs and defendants in high-profile, high-stakes litigation throughout the United States. It is the only firm in the country ever to have been selected by the National Law Journal for both "Top 10" plaintiff and "Top 10" defense verdicts in a single year.

Led by partners Don Howarth, Suzelle M. Smith, and Padraic Glaspy, Howarth & Smith’s practice is focused on high value, complex cases, including intellectual property, contract and fraud matters, legal malpractice, law partnership disputes, and general business litigation, including some catastrophic personal injury cases, and selected white collar criminal matters.

Some examples of matters handled by the firm are shown below.

Intellectual Property


ADC Telecommunications, Inc. v. Switchcraft, Inc.


United Tactical Systems, LLC v. Real Action Paintball, Inc., et al.

Kiini, LLC v. Victoria’s Secret Stores Brand Management, Inc., et al.

Fraud & Contract

Roger W. Corman, et al. v. Citco Group Limited, et al.

William Forti v. General Dynamics Corp. Consolidated with Dolores Blanton v. General Dynamics Corp.

Muse Family Enterprises, Ltd., et al. v. BTM Funding, Inc., et al.

George R. Ariyoshi, et al. v. Equinix, Inc., et al.

Right of Publicity

Olivia de Havilland, DBE v. FX Networks, LLC, et al.

Professional Negligence

JP Hyan v. Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff, Inc., et al.

KB Home v. K&L Gates, LLP, et al.

Catastrophic Personal Injury

Terry J. Adamson, et al. v. Grand Hotel Park SA, et al.

White Collar Crime

Commonwealth v. Life Care Centers of America, Inc.

Qui Tam

State of California ex rel. Robert G. Bartlett, CPA v. ClubCorp USA, Inc., et al.