Derek Smith is Litigation and Compliance Counsel for LivingSocial, an online company headquartered in Washington, DC that provides daily deals and other unique offerings to consumers worldwide. Derek previously practiced as an attorney in the Washington, DC office of Latham & Watkins, where he was the lead associate in the appeal involving the America’s Cup sailing competition and co-authored the merits brief in a successful death penalty case before the Supreme Court in the 2011 term.
Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, Derek clerked for the Honorable A. Raymond Randolph of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He graduated from Yale Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. He also interned at the Connecticut State Attorney’s Office and the appellate staff at the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Before entering law school, Derek earned a masters and doctorate in international relations at the University of Oxford on a Keasbey Scholarship, and graduated summa cum laude in Government from Harvard University. He spent two summers at the U.S. State Department, working in the Nonproliferation Bureau and the Office of Policy and Planning.
Derek has authored a number of publications, including the book Deterring America: Rogue States and the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and the article “Aiding Friends and Foes in Palestine: How Fatah-Hamas Unity Threatens U.S. Funding” (Foreign Affairs online).
He has also taught classes in international relations at Oxford University, Yale University, and American University’s School of International Service.