Garrett Smee serves as a trial attorney in the tort and employment arenas. Mr. Smee’s experience as a trial attorney began in 2006 as a prosecutor with the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office. He has served as the lead trial attorney in 16 jury trials (11 criminal and 5 civil).
In 2015, in a hostile work environment case before the California Fourth District Court of Appeal, Mr. Smee successfully reversed a judgment of the Imperial County Superior Court. (Curiel-Aguirre v. County of Imperial – 2015 WL 9257761.) In 2016, in a Privacy Act case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Mr. Smee achieved a reversal of a judgment of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. (Atkins v. Mabus – 654 Fed. Appx. 878.)
Beginning in July of 2017, as the second chair to lead Partner Mitch Dean, Mr. Smee defended three successive jury trials brought by police officers against the City of Carlsbad, alleging FEHA violations and “whistleblower” retaliation. These cases resulted in a nonsuit and two 12-0 defense verdicts. All three judgments were affirmed by the Fourth District Court of Appeal, most recently in a published opinion in April of 2020. (Willis v. City of Carlsbad (2020) 48 Cal.App.5th 1104.)
Mr. Smee attended California Western School of Law on a full-tuition merit scholarship. He served for two years as an associate editor and writer on Law Review and received academic achievement awards (#1 in the class) in Civil Litigation I, Property II and Professional Responsibility. Mr. Smee obtained a bachelor’s degree with honors from Point Loma Nazarene University, where he played varsity baseball on scholarship and received several scholar-athlete awards. Mr. Smee attends Emmanuel Faith Community Church in Escondido, where he makes his home with his wife and three children.