Ron Smith is a partner in the Dallas office. He handles complex commercial litigation and regulatory matters, focusing on the companies and individuals in the financial services industry. His clients include broker-dealers, investment advisors, banks, and fund managers. He has experience in arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc., the American Arbitration Association, and JAMS.
Ron has also conducted a number of internal investigations for Wall Street firms and represented clients in investigations brought by securities regulators as well as state and federal governmental entities. His regulatory work includes securities sales practices, AML-related matters, compliance with record-keeping requirements, and allegations of misconduct.
Ron is a leader in Norton Rose Fulbright's global distributed ledger and blockchain practice group. He plays a vital role in Norton Rose Fulbright's activities as Legal Chair of the Smart Contracts Alliance, including contributing to content and assisting with the development of policy initiatives. He has strong experience with the financial technology ("FinTech") industry, speaks on FinTech issues, and has published concerning FinTech-related topics.
Prior to law school, Ron worked as a financial advisor. During his time as a financial advisor, he gained significant real world understanding of securities markets, sales practices in the securities industry, and financial services products.
He also represents a diverse group of corporate clients and individuals in the real estate, energy, consumer services, technology, and governmental sectors. Ron regularly represents parties in commercial matters in state and federal court.
While in law school, Ron served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Xavier Rodriguez, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.