The Smith Litigation Firm

Posted on January 29, 2019
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The Smith Litigation Firm

The Smith Litigation Firm specializes in effective legal representation at affordable prices. The Firm is dedicated to its clients and committed to obtaining the best result in the most efficient manner, while adhering to the highest standards of legal ethics and professionalism.

Our goal is to serve our clients’ interest while conserving their valuable time and resources. The Firm has obtained outstanding settlement results for its clients. However, if a settlement cannot be reached, the Firm has the experience, commitment, and aggressiveness to win at trial.

Its experienced attorneys possess high academic credentials, maintain strong community ties, and are committed to the pursuit of excellent client representation. We take pride in being committed and accessible to our clients.

We represent a wide range of clients including high net worth individuals, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, manufacturers, sureties, insurance companies, biotech equipment manufacturers, landlords, tenants, and a wide variety of other business enterprises. We strive to understand your position and the complexity of your business to best represent your interest at mediation, trial, and/or appeal.

The cases we handle are as diverse as the companies and individuals we represent. The Firm
handles an extensive range of matters including business, commercial, real estate, and general civil disputes. These matters range from breach of services agreements to auto warranty disputes, business torts such as fraud and conversion, restraining orders, construction defect and defense of preference actions. Though diverse in its practice, the Firm possesses expertise in all aspects of construction disputes.


Natalia Desiderio Smith, Esq

Ms. Smith, Esq. is the founder of The Smith Litigation Firm. The Firm was established to provide superior legal representation centered around the client’s goals. Her experience has led to exceptional results in small and large cases alike, including multi-million dollar claims.

Ms. Smith has been practicing law for over fourteen years. She is a highly skilled litigator that is dedicated and accessible to her clients. She earned her Chemistry degree from the University of California, Riverside with Honors and her law degree from California Western School of Law where she graduated at the top of her class, cum laude. Ms. Smith is admitted to practice in all courts of the State of California, and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Central and Eastern Districts of California. Ms. Smith has also successfully arbitrated many cases through JAMS Arbitration, Mediation, and ADR Services, the American Arbitration Association (AAA), as well as the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).

Before starting her own firm, Ms. Smith was a senior attorney for the law firm of Weule & Ballard located in Carlsbad, California and Andrade & Associates located in Irvine, California. Both firms specialized in construction disputes, but maintained diverse litigation and trial practices. Ms. Smith has managed, settled, tried, and obtained excellent results in many nonconstruction disputes including business, commercial, real estate, and general civil litigation.

Ms. Smith is well versed in all aspects of federal and state civil litigation including alternative dispute resolution, provisional remedies, discovery, mediation, trial, judgment enforcement, and appeals.

She is an expert in construction disputes. She has exhaustively litigated every type of private and public works construction dispute including breach of contract, mechanics’ liens, payment and performance bonds, Miller Act, bid protests, delays, disruption, and defects. Ms. Smith has developed a network of industry leading experts to assist in prosecuting or defending any type of construction claim.

Ms. Smith served on the Board of the Engineering Contractors Association and has been a member of the National Women In Construction, Orange County Bar Association and San Diego Bar Association. She is also admitted to practice in all U.S. District Courts in California.

She was born in Argentina and is fluent in Spanish.


Areas of Practice

Construction Litigation

The Smith Litigation Firm represents general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, construction managers, engineers, architects, project owners, sureties, and homeowners throughout California in wide variety of construction issues. The Firm stands by its clients from contract negotiations through project completion issues.

Business Litigation

The Smith Litigation Firm represents a variety of industries ranging from biotech companies to construction companies in all levels of state and federal courts throughout California.

Real Estate Litigation

The Smith Litigation Firm represents clients in all real estate litigation matters. Its clients
include, landlords and tenants in evictions (unlawful detainer actions), owners and contractors in residential and commercial construction contract disputes, owners and contractors in residential and commercial construction defect disputes, and buyers and sellers in real estate purchase transactions.

General Civil Litigation

The Smith Litigation Firm represents clients in a wide range of disputes that include:

  • Negligence
  • Fraud
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Defamation
  • Restraining Orders
  • Auto Warranty Disputes
  • Auto Dealership Rights
  • Debt Collection
  • Appeals
  • Bankruptcy Disputes
  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance
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