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  Smith, Tony
NameTony Smith
Address1055 27th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska , United States
Born September 10, 1942
DiedDecember 08, 2006 (64 years)
ContributorNot in Public Domain
Last ModifedMadViking
Feb 10, 2007 09:56pm
InfoTony Smith is a Partner in Schmeltzer, Aptaker & Shepard. He specializes in legislative and administrative law, natural resources and fishing law, international transactions, Indian law and complex commercial and financial litigation, health care litigation and chairs the International and Domestic Public Policy law section. Mr. Smith graduated from Cornell University Law School in 1971, where he was awarded the Dean's Prize. After graduation, Mr. Smith moved to Alaska to represent the Alaskan Federation of Natives in the formation and implementation of the Alaskan Native Claims Settlement Act. There he was the attorney for Native Americans and a number of commercial ventures. He also was the principal trial lawyer in a number of leading cases involving the fisheries and resource development compatible with the environment. He represented Native Americans before international tribunals, commissions and boards and was involved in the development and ratification of a number of treaties and conventions. Throughout his career, Mr. Smith has conducted a very active national trial practice. He was the successful defense attorney for a number of high profile criminal cases; including the white collar defense of the subject of the book "The Fountain Pen Conspiracy". He was also the lead trial attorney in litigation involving the closure of four banks in West Virginia in 1979; in various complex surety cases and in other civil and criminal financial litigation. His practice involves the trial and appellate representation of cases involving personal freedoms and rights, financial and commercial transactions, surety cases and complex white collar crime issues. As a result of this practice he has been profiled in The American Lawyer. Since joining the firm, Mr. Smith has been the lead trial attorney on major health care litigation, including false claims defense. Mr. Smith has represented American Natives, shipping companies, banking and financial service industry clients, the fishing industry and the health care industry before Congress and the Executive Branch Agencies and Departments. He has been a member of the Executive Board of the United States House-Senate Democratic Council and was a Democratic Nominee for the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. As a result of his litigation background and work before the Legislative and Executive Branches, he was appointed Commissioner of Commerce and Economic Development for the State of Alaska in 1986. He served as Chairman of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, the Municipal Bond Bank and the State Bond Committee. He was in charge of the Division of Banking and Securities and the Division of Insurance. Governor Cowper credited Mr. Smith with personally taking numerous actions as Commissioner and Chairman of the various entities that saved the State of Alaska financial system from collapse during the oil price decline. Alaska was the only energy state that did not suffer a decrease in its credit rating during this period. Mr. Smith is a Redbook qualified bond counsel. He has advised and served on numerous international bodies, commissions and boards. He was a member of the United States Olympic International Relations Committee. He has been Chair and a Director of the Alaska Center for International Business which operates the American-Russian Centers in the Soviet far east under contract with USAID. He is Chair of the International Board of Advisors of the Escuela Agricola Panamericana in Zamorano, Honduras, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the leading United States agricultural institution in Latin America. Her is also on the Board of Directors of the Center for National Policy and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Latin American Advisor, where he is a regular columnist. He is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law.


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