Milan D. Smith

Hon. Milan D. Smith

United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Milan Smith was confirmed on May 16, 2006 to the Ninth Circuit, which hears appeals from the federal district courts of Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

Judge Smith has a distinguished record as a practicing attorney in the public and private sectors. In his private practice, Judge Smith was well recognized for his expertise in real estate law. He represented major corporations, such as Honeywell International and Toyota Motor sales USA, Inc., and a wide range of public clients, such as the Palos Verdes Unified School District, the Los Angeles State Business Authority, and non-profit organizations such as Marymount College. Judge Smith also has extensive experience in the areas of tax law, corporate law and environmental law.

In 1988, Judge Smith was appointed by Governor George Deukmejian to the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission. This Commission hears cases of alleged housing and employment discrimination and determines whether and how much recovery to award to claimants. Mr. Smith participated in dozens of such cases on such topics as racial discrimination and sexual harassment.

Judge Smith’s litigation experience encompassed not only real estate matters, but also contract, family law, tax, and administrative cases. He also had a thriving transactional practice.

Judge Smith graduated from Brigham Young University in 1966, where he received his degree cum laude. In 1969, Judge Smith received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School


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