Kai Smith represents public and private clients in complex civil litigation and in matters involving constitutional, election, commercial, and construction law.
Kai Smith is a litigator at Pacifica Law Group, where he represents public and private clients in complex civil litigation and in matters involving constitutional, election, commercial, and construction law. He also advises clients on regulatory, public policy, and constitutional issues.
Before joining the firm, Kai was a litigation associate at a U.S.-based international law firm, where he represented a variety of clients in high-stakes matters, including litigating complex antitrust actions and representing clients before federal enforcement agencies. Notable experience includes successfully representing Expedia in obtaining clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice in Expedia’s $1.3 billion acquisition of Orbitz Worldwide and representing a family from El Salvador in asylum proceedings before federal immigration court.
Kai previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sidney R. Thomas of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Kai is committed to public service and has provided free legal representation throughout his career, including counseling victims of domestic violence and advocating for two Iraqi refugee families seeking resettlement to the United States.
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Seattle University, B.A., magna cum laude, History and Political Science (Student Body President; University Honors Program; Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society; Naef Scholar)
- Stanford Law School, J.D. (Stanford Law Review, Senior Editor; Stanford Law & Policy Review, Legislative Notes Editor; Pro Bono Distinction)
- Harry S. Truman Scholar
- Best Oral Advocate – Stanford Criminal Prosecution Clinic
- “Energy Efficiency Standards A Quiet Success,” Inside Energy & Environment (January 27, 2015)
- “CEQ Releases Draft Guidance on Evaluation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” Inside Energy & Environment (January 6, 2015)
- “Comparing Externalities from Energy Sources,” Inside Energy & Environment (November 20, 2014)
- Board Member – King County Municipal League Foundation