Joyce Y. Smith

Partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP

Joyce Y. Smith

Joyce Y. Smith

Partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

Joyce Smith is a partner in the San Francisco office and chair of the San Francisco/Palo Alto International Commercial Practice Group. She also sits on the Firm’s Global Information Technology & Communications Steering Committee and serves as chair of the San Francisco/Palo Alto Diversity and Inclusion Committee as well as the San Francisco/Palo Alto representative on the North America Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Ms. Smith began her career with Baker & McKenzie as an international clerk working in the Firm’s Amsterdam office in 1992. She joined the San Francisco/Palo Alto office in 1993 and became a partner in 2010. She was recently named one of the The Recorder’s 2014 Women Leaders in Tech Law.

Practice Focus

Joyce’s practice focuses on advising multinational companies on cross-border commercial transactions, IP and technology licensing, development and acquisitions, IP migrations for post-acquisition integrations and international tax reorganizations, implementation of international tax restructurings, FCPA compliance and due diligence, and other cross-border regulatory, compliance and commercial issues. She has represented clients ranging from start-ups to large multinational corporations in a variety of industries with a focus on technology, ecommerce and pharmaceuticals.

Professional Associations and Memberships

* California State Bar Association - International Law Section
* District of Columbia Bar - Member
* California Minority Counsel Program - Member
* National Bar Association - Member

Admission

District of Columbia~United States (1996)
California~United States (1993)

Education

University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) (J.D.) (1993)
Georgetown University (B.S./B.A. cum laude) (1988)
Nijenrode University in Amsterdam (International Business and Economics) (1986)

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Education
JD
Class of 1993

The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, commonly referred to as Berkeley Law and Boalt Hall, is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley Law is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the nation, with acceptance rates lower than every school except Yale and Stanford. The Department of Jurisprudence was founded at Berkeley in 1894. In 1912, the department was renamed the School of Jurisprudence, which was then renamed the School of Law in 1950. The School was originally located in the center of the main UC Berkeley campus in the Boalt Memorial Hall of Law, built in 1911 with funds largely from Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt donated in memory of her late husband, John Henry Boalt. In 1951, the School moved to its current location in the new Boalt Hall, at the southeast corner of the campus, and the old Boalt Hall was renamed Durant Hall. In April 2008, the law school rebranded itself from "Boalt Hall" to "Berkeley Law", in order to more closely tie the law school's name with the campus upon which it resides. The administration hopes that this move will further increase the law school's prestige, since people will now associate it with the Berkeley campus.

BA, cum laude
Class of 1988

Georgetown University is a private research university in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1789, it is the oldest Jesuit and Catholic university in the United States. Georgetown's main campus, located in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood, is noted for Healy Hall, a National Historic Landmark in the Romanesque revival style. Georgetown operates a law center on Capitol Hill and auxiliary campuses in Italy, Turkey, and Qatar.

International Business & Economics
Class of 1986

Nyenrode Business Universiteit, formerly spelled as Nijenrode, is a Dutch elite business school

Memberships
Member
Current

The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation's oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges. It represents the interests of approximately 65,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students.The NBA is organized around 23 substantive law sections, 9 divisions, 12 regions and 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world.

Member
Current

California Minority Counsel Program(CMCP) is a California non-profit mutual benefit corporation. Our mission is "To promote diversity in the legal profession by providing attorneys of color with access and opportunity for business and professional development."

Member, International Law Section
Prior

The State Bar of California is California's official bar association. It is responsible for managing the admission of lawyers to the practice of law, investigating complaints of professional misconduct, and prescribing appropriate discipline. It is directly responsible to the Supreme Court of California. All attorney admissions and disbarments are issued as recommendations of the State Bar, which are then routinely ratified by the Supreme Court. The State Bar was legally established on July 29, 1927, when the State Bar Act went into effect.[5]:xiii–xix Today, the State Bar of California is the largest state bar association in the United States, with 242,000-plus members as of January 2013, of whom over 179,000 are on active status. It is headquartered in San Francisco, with branch offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento.

Career History
Partner
1992 - Current

Baker & McKenzie LLP is a US based law firm that provides legal services. It serves diverse clients from dozens of offices across the Americas and in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The company was founded in 1949 and it is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Current

Baker & McKenzie LLP is a US based law firm that provides legal services. It serves diverse clients from dozens of offices across the Americas and in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The company was founded in 1949 and it is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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