Andrews, Lagasse, Branch & Bell, a San Diego-based law firm concentrating in the areas of employment law, professional liability, and business litigation, is pleased to announce the addition of former vice president and general counsel for San Diego Gas & Electric, W. Davis (Dave) Smith, as Of Counsel. Smith brings more than 30 years of legal experience in the electric and gas utility industries, serving as general counsel for both SDG&E and SoCalGas, divisions of Sempra Energy.
Andrews Lagasse founding partner Jonathan Andrews and Smith have worked together for several years. When Smith announced his departure from SDG&E earlier this year, Andrews jumped at the opportunity to ask Smith to join the firm. "The chance to add such a highly skilled and respected attorney was too good to pass up,” said Andrews. "We are honored to have Dave join our team.”
Smith, who has worked in Los Angeles and San Diego, has a wide range of experience with both state and federal electric and gas regulation, class actions, and complex commercial litigation. He has been responsible for and involved in major merger and acquisition activities both domestic and international.
"Having worked with Jonathan and his firm in the past made it a natural transition for me and I look forward to supporting the firm’s already stellar list of clients,” said Smith.
Andrews Lagasse, founded in 2007 by Andrews, Traci Lagasse, Margaret (Margi) Bell, and Jennifer Branch, represents top names in the utilities industry. Additionally, the firm’s client list includes a wide range of industry leaders, including Wells Fargo, San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, Gonzaga University, NuVasive, Avalon Bay Communities, and Mount St. Mary’s College.
With a growing national client base, Andrews Lagasse recently opened offices on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles and in downtown Spokane, Washington. "Our new offices will allow us not only to better serve our existing clients, but to continue our expansion plans throughout California and the Pacific Northwest,” said Andrews.
About Andrews · Lagasse · Branch & Bell
Andrews Lagasse Branch & Bell focuses its practice in the areas of employment, professional liability, business litigation and transactions, real estate and finance, education law, sports and entertainment and general civil litigation. The firm is headquartered in San Diego, California, with offices in Los Angeles and Spokane, Washington, and is 100% women and minority-owned. For more information please visit: www.albblaw.com.