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Duane Morris Welcomes Real Estate Partner Patrick J. Smith in New York

February 21, 2024

Duane Morris Welcomes Real Estate Partner Patrick J. Smith in New York

February 21, 2024

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NEW YORK, February 21, 2024―Patrick Smith has joined Duane Morris LLP as a partner in the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group in its New York office. Prior to joining Duane Morris, Smith was senior vice president, chief litigation and regulatory counsel and chief compliance officer at Outfront Media Inc.

“Duane Morris continues to attract talented lateral partners in strategically important practices and regions, and Pat adds to the power of our New York office,” said Duane Morris Chairman and CEO Matthew A. Taylor. “Overall, 2024 is shaping up to be a year of terrific opportunities, and we will continue to build the strongest possible team of attorneys in New York to support our clients in the most innovative, comprehensive and efficient ways.”

“We are enhancing our practice group’s capabilities in land use, permitting and land value litigation, and Pat’s experience and his client-side perspective on how public advertising interplays with real estate matters and litigation and regulatory issues will be very useful,” said George J. Kroculick, co-chair of Duane Morris’ Real Estate Practice Group. “Already, Duane Morris has a well-established position in this industry, with market-leading clients who are familiar with Pat through his professional affiliations and stature as a thought leader.”

“Over the last several years, we have added nine lateral partners to our office and have built a substantial real estate capability on behalf of our local client base,” said Michael D. Grohman, co-managing partner of the firm’s New York office. “As our firm continues to prepare to merge our offices into a single location in early 2025, it is terrific to continue to add talented lawyers to our New York City roster,” added James J. Regan, co-managing partner of the firm’s New York office. 

At Outfront Media, Smith led the organization’s litigation, regulatory and insured matters remit, including risk assessment and dispute resolution, review of filings and pleadings, settlement and mediation conferences, court and administrative appearances and communications with outside counsel and adverse parties. He also oversaw the company’s compliance program, which involved management of internal investigations and reporting to the board of directors, senior management, and internal and independent auditors on compliance and litigation matters for one of North America’s largest public out-of-home advertising companies. With deep knowledge of age-restricted and regulated products, including cannabis, gaming, pharmaceutical and political ads, Smith supported the senior sales and marketing teams to ensure the propriety of company communications and advertising copy. He drafted, negotiated and managed disputes relating to contracts, leases, licenses, partnership agreements, NDAs and confidentiality agreements. Additionally, Smith partnered with the government affairs team and industry counterparts to advance positions on legislative initiatives and provide legal guidance on communications with governmental bodies and agencies.

“Having worked with numerous lawyers and law firms throughout my tenure, I can personally attest to the depth and quality of service that Duane Morris provides to clients, and having known and worked with Duane Morris attorneys over the years, I am beyond excited to join this team of exceptional professionals,” said Smith.

Smith is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2006), where he was executive notes and comments editor of the St. John’s Law Review. He is also a graduate of the American University (M.A., 2002) and St. John’s University (B.A., summa cum laude, 2000). Prior to his role at Outfront Media, he worked at two large, international law firms and clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

About Duane Morris

Duane Morris LLP provides innovative solutions to today’s multifaceted legal and business challenges through the collegial and collaborative culture of its more than 900 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally. The firm represents a broad array of clients, spanning all major practices and industries. Duane Morris has been recognized by BTI Consulting as both a client service leader and a highly recommended law firm.