Philip Smithback focuses on intellectual property and complex commercial litigations. He has represented clients in patent litigations across a range of fields, including pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, electronics, and consumer goods manufacturing. He has also worked on trademark, copyright, and land use litigation. Mr. Smithback has participated in all stages of trial preparation, and has experience with discovery, depositions, brief writing, and motion practice in both Federal and State Court proceedings.

In addition to his intellectual property practice, Mr. Smithback has also done extensive pro bono work. He has counseled low income entrepreneurs on the legal aspects of their businesses, as well as how to obtain intellectual property protection for their products and services. Additionally, he has represented tenants in landlord disputes and secured benefits for disabled citizens. Mr. Smithback attended New York University School of Law on an Intellectual Property Scholarship, and was an Executive Editor on the Environmental Law Journal and researched nuclear waste regulation policy. Before that, he worked in the Rock Laboratory researching the physical properties of unconventional myosins X and XV in order to understand how their selectivity for different cytoskelletal features allows the targeted delivery of intracellular cargo.


  • JD, New York University School of Law, 2012
  • BA, Physics, University of Chicago, 2006
  • New York

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