​Matt is a member of Butler Snow’s litigation department and practices within the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Healthcare Group.

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Bar Admissions

  • California, 2006
  • Tennessee, 2019
  • U.S. District Courts
    • California: Central, Eastern, Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 9th Circuit


  • Super Lawyers®
    • California, Personal Injury: Products, Rising Stars, 2013-2018

Education & Honors

  • University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D., 2006
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 2003


  • Matthew P. Smith concentrates his practice on complex products liability cases, primarily involving pharmaceutical products and medical devices.
  • Matt has substantial experience in complex pharmaceutical actions in both state and federal courts nationwide.  He defends manufacturers in cases involving over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs, medical devices, and other products, and has significant involvement with all stages and aspects of cases, including discovery, expert witnesses, trial preparation, and trial.
  • Representative matters:
  • Representation of pharmaceutical company in state and federal litigation involving claims of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and/or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis from an over-the-counter medication, including serving on the trial team for more than 10 jury trials.
  • Representation of pharmaceutical company in thousands of suits in a state coordinated litigation involving claims of gynecomastia and other alleged injuries from a prescription medication.
  • Representation of medical device company in state and federal litigation involving claims of injury from use of sutures.
  • Representation of company and laboratory in suits alleging HIV and hepatitis exposure from reuse of needles during phlebotomy procedures. 
  • Representation of company in litigation involving claims of chemical burns from tagless labels in baby clothing.

Papers, Presentations, & Publications