Michael F. Smith

Attorney in Tulsa, OK
Michael F. Smith is a trial and appellate lawyer specializing in defending manufacturers and other suppliers and distributors of products, including automobiles, cranes, forklifts, pharmaceuticals, and implanted medical devices. He has also defended accounting firms and law firms in professional malpractice actions.

Michael is admitted to practice in Oklahoma, Illinois, and New York and has represented clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the United States. He is particularly regarded for his expertise with appellate practice and procedure in the Oklahoma Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and has had primary briefing responsibilities on a broad range of cases, including those involving products liability, professional malpractice, employment and environmental matters.

As part of his appellate practice, Michael has successfully defended judgments, based on both summary judgments and jury verdicts, in numerous appeals in state and federal courts throughout the United States, including appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. Many of those appeals involved issues of first impression, and the reported opinions in those cases have established new precedent on a variety of legal issues.

His achievements as a trial and appellate lawyer have earned him inclusion inThe Best Lawyers in America(commercial litigation) andOklahoma Super Lawyersas well as the honor of membership in the International Association of Defense Counsel, where he serves as the vice chair for Web Site and Social Media for the Appellate Practice Committee. Michael serves as the chair-elect of the Oklahoma Bar Association's appellate practice committee and is an active member in the American Inns of Court Council Oak/Johnson-Sontag Chapter.

Active in the community, Michael serves as general counsel and vice president of the board of directors of Oklahomans for Equality, a nonprofit organization which seeks equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and families through advocacy, education, programs, alliances and the operation of the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. He also serves on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry and racism by promoting understanding and respect among all races, religions and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution and education.

Civic Involvement and Leaderships

•Oklahomans for Equality (General Counsel; Vice President of the Board of Directors, 2011-2012; Trustees Committee Chairperson, 2006 - 2011)

•Vocal Pride Foundation (General Counsel)

•Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice (Board of Directors)


•Litigating Questions of First Impression
International Association of Defense Counsel Appellate Practice Committee Newsletter- November 2013

•Caller beware: Written consent now required for automated telemarketing calls!
McAfee & Taft Business Law Alert- October 15, 2013

•Interlocutory Orders Appealable by Right
Oklahoma Bar Journal- Vol. 84, No. 27 - October 12, 2013

•Watch what you say
The Journal Record- January 26, 2012

•From deference to contempt
IADC Committee Newsletter- November 2011

•Duty to Defend (Chapter 4)
Law and Practice of Insurance Coverage Litigation, a publication of the American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section- 2000

•Fifty State Construction Lien and Bond Law
Aspen Law and Business- 2000

•Is direct-to-consumer advertising eroding the learned intermediary doctrine?
For the Defense Vol. 41, No. 12- December 1999

•State-by-State Guide to Architect, Engineer and Contractor Licensing, Oklahoma Chapter
Aspen Law and Business- 1999

•The Evolution of PRP Standing Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980
21 William & Mary Environmental Law & Policy Review 300- 1997

•Baker v. Arbor Drugs, Inc.: Pharmacies beware of voluntarily assuming the duty to protect against harmful drug interactions
14 Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy 41- 1997

•Limiting liability of the passive lender under the comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980
26 Tulsa Law Journal 75- 1990


•Court nixes Utah ban on same-sex marriage
The Journal Record- June 26, 2014

•New FCC Telemarketing Rules and the $1,500 Phone Call
Corporate Counsel- October 16, 2013

•Michael Smith elected OBA Appellate Practice Section chairperson-elect
Tulsa, OK- February 12, 2013

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Areas of Law

  • Appellate Practice
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Mass Torts Litigation
  • Manufacturing and Logistics


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Admitted in 1991, Oklahoma
1992, Illinois
2002, New York
U.S. District Court for the Western, Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Eighth and Tenth Circuits
U.S. Supreme Court

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  • Law School Attended

    University of Tulsa
    Class of 1991
    with distinction, Notes & Comments Editor, Tulsa Law Journal, Robert C. Butler, Jr. Award for Excellence in Legal Scholarship and Writing

    University Attended

    Oklahoma State University
    Class of 1987

    Associations & Memberships

    Professional Organizations and Memberships•Tulsa County Bar Association•Oklahoma Bar Association (Chair Elect, Appellate Practice Committee)•Inte... More

    Representative Cases

    REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE : Wrote successful motion for summary judgment in state court for national accounting firm in professional malpractice action brought by a large bank arising out of the failure of a startup airline. Successfully defended on appeal to the Oklahoma Supreme Court the trial court's order granting summary judgment.;Wrote succes... More

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    (918) 574-3178


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    Michael F. Smith
    Of Counsel
     1717 S. Boulder, Suite 900,
    Tulsa, OK 74119


    McAfee & Taft A Professional Corporation (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

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