D. Jacques Smith

D. Jacques Smith Attorney Litigation ArentFox Schiff Washington DC
Partner and Complex Litigation Practice Co-Leader
Organization Profile
Professional Biography

Jacques focuses his practice on government investigations and enforcement. Recognized as one of the top False Claims Act practitioners in the country, his clients largely encompass all branches of health care and life sciences. He has more than 30 years of experience handling jury, bench, and administrative trials in a variety of civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. Jacques excels at handling complex commercial disputes and internal investigations and responding to government inquiries. 

Jacques is consistently ranked as a leading health care litigator by both Chambers USA and the Legal 500 US and is recognized with an AV Preeminent® ratingA frequent writer and speaker on government investigations and the False Claims Act, Jacques’ work has been widely cited by The National Law JournalBloomberg LegalCompliance WeekLaw360, and other leading publications. His cases have gained wide attention and been covered by electronic and print media, including The New York TimesUSA TodayThe Wall Street JournalChicago TribuneThe Washington PostThe Miami Herald, and other leading news organizations.

Jacques is also viewed as a thought leader in the Health Care and Enforcement industry. He is a founder and leader of the firm’s popular Investigations Blog, a destination for enforcement news and analysis published weekly. In 2020, it was the firm’s top blog, gaining over 60,000 readers. In 2021, Jacques was the firm’s top-read author, gaining almost 100,000 reads of 53 news alerts. JDSupra recognized Jacques and the Investigations Blog with its Readers’ Choice and Top Author Awards for 2021.

Jacques is also a decorated Captain with extensive and unique legal experience through his 30 years of service in the US Navy. He served as General Courts-Martial Judge, Chief Navy Reserve Trial Judge, and on the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals. With more than 12 years of experience on the trial and appellate benches, Jacques presided over more than 200 jury, bench, and appellate trials and hearings.

Jacques maintained a dual career with ArentFox Schiff and the Navy for 24 years. Out of respect and appreciation for the firm’s support during this time, he formed AFVets with other active, reserve, former, and retired military and uniformed service employees. The goal of AFVets is to create and foster awareness and community for ArentFox Schiff’s military and uniformed service employees by concentrating on issues specific to those who are or have been in service, while applying that experience to serving clients with similar military backgrounds.

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