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Charles S. Smith

Senior Associate

(281) 930-6852

Related Services

Advanced Technologies

Business and Commercial

Discovery / Employee Depositions

Product Liability


Tulane University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2010

Loyola University New Orleans, B.S., Music Industry Studies, cum laude, 2005

Court Admissions

Louisiana State and Federal Courts

Washington State Courts

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Charles S. Smith focuses his practice on product liability litigation.  Over the course of his career, Charles has honed his passion for emergent technologies and aptitude for social media research to obtain favorable results for his clients. His attention to detail and commitment to excellence have made him a valuable asset to companies in an array of fields, including the automotive, aviation, and heavy-equipment industries. Charles also has experience in a number of other areas of practice, including construction, real estate, insurance, employment, and intellectual property.

  • Obtained a full defense verdict in South Bend, Indiana on multiple automotive product liability claims including defective and unreasonably dangerous design, failure to warn, and failure to instruct and a punitive damage claim against a major automotive OEM.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of motorcycle manufacturer in complex product liability case alleging unintended acceleration of “superbike”
  • Assisted in securing summary judgment on behalf of helicopter manufacturer in products liability suit in federal court alleging defect in tiltrotor military aircraft designed and developed for the U.S. Department of Defense
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of employer in employment-discrimination and unlawful-termination case
  • Successfully petitioned the Louisiana Supreme Court for reversal of judgment canceling millions of dollars of client’s mortgage securities
  • Facilitated favorable resolution of high-exposure product liability and maritime lawsuit on behalf of helicopter manufacturer
  • Secured summary judgment on behalf of automotive manufacturer in product liability case alleging defective restraints and crashworthiness
  • Secured summary judgment on behalf of automotive manufacturer in high-exposure product liability case against eleven plaintiffs
  • Assisted local non-profit in securing monthly revenue stream through successful negotiation and drafting of multi-year lease agreement of property to neighboring restaurant (pro bono)

Before joining Bush Seyferth PLLC, Charles was an associate attorney at McGlinchey Stafford PLLC and Shields Mott Lund LLP. Charles also has experience in the music and entertainment industries.

Charles received his J.D., cum laude, from Tulane University Law School, with a Certificate in International and Comparative Law. He also served as a managing editor of the Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property. He received his B.S., cum laude, in Music Industry Studies from Loyola University New Orleans.

Honors & Awards

Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2019 – 2020)

Professional Activities

American Board of Trial Advocates, National Trial College Fellow

Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans, Alumnus, Class of 2014

WRBH 88.3 FM, Reading Radio for the Blind and Print Handicapped, Board Member, 2013-present; Treasurer, 2017-present


“Investigative Techniques Using Advanced Technology and Social Media Law Update,” presented to Kentucky Defense Counsel, Inc.’s 2017 Spring Seminar (March 2017)


“Investigative Techniques Using Advanced Technology,” DRI For the Defense (December 2016)

“New Amendments to Federal Venue, Removal, and Other Rules,” American Bar Association Pretrial Practice & Discovery, (February 2012)

For Fun

Enjoys going on adventures with wife Emily and three-legged Vizsla dog, Archie

Designs, makes, and wears Mardi Gras costumes

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