Smith D. Monson



Smith helps clients resolve difficult disputes, navigating them securely through all stages of what can be a difficult and stressful litigation.
Smith’s practice focuses on product liability defense, construction defect, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, and commercial litigation. He has efficiently managed numerous cases through all stages of litigation and has appeared in federal and state courts in the Mountain West. Smith’s clients regularly thank him for his attention to detail and effective communication throughout the litigation process.

Education & Admissions

University of Utah, S. J. Quinney College of Law (J.D., 2014), High Honors; William H. Leary Scholar; Clyde Fellowship; Schmid Legal Writing Award; Judge John R. Brown for Excellence in Legal Writing Finalist

Georgetown University (M.A., 2009), Scholae Studiorum Superiorium

University of Utah (B.A., 2006)


  • Utah
  • Wyoming
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Utah


  • Spanish


Representative Experience

  • Successfully defended a multi-million dollar construction defect lawsuit, dismissing all claims against a developer and general contractor on directed verdict.
  • Successfully upheld directed verdict on appeal.
  • Negotiated complicated settlement in multi-million dollar personal injury and wrongful death products liability and negligence suit involving multiple claimants.
  • Excluded key opposing expert witness in multi-million carbon monoxide exposure through motion and oral argument.
  • Won summary judgment in multi-million dollar traumatic brain injury case.

News & Resources

Legal Writings

  • Treating the Blue Rash: Win-Win Solutions and Improving the Land Exchange Process (UTAH L. REV) (2015).
  • Response to genetic manipulations of liver angiotensinogen in the physiological range. J Hum Genet. 2008;53(9):775-88.
  • Expression of angiotensinogen in proximal tubule as a function of glomerular filtration rate, Kidney Int. 2004 Jun. 65(6):2153-60.

Industries & Practices

  • Appellate
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Healthcare
  • Healthcare Litigation
  • Insurance Law
  • Products Liability
  • Technology

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Utah State Bar, Fund for Client Protection Member
  • Utah State Bar, Young Lawyer Division Committee Member

Community Involvement

  • Children’s SLC: Chair of Board of Trustees
  • S.J. Quinney College of Law Young Alumni Association: Past President