Biography Details

G. Craig Smith

G. Craig Smith
Senior Counsel

G. Craig Smith is Senior Counsel in the Orange County office of Manning & Kass. He is a member of the Governmental Entity Liability, Employment Law, and Premises Liability practices.

Mr. Smith received his undergraduate degree from California State University Long Beach, where he graduated in 2006 with a Bachelors in Science, Business Administration and a Minor in Political Science. In 2009 Mr. Smith obtained a Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School where he graduated Cum Laude, earning a CALI award in criminal procedure. During law school, Mr. Smith was a member of the law review, a 3L student body representative, a research assistant, and law clerk for Case Ibrahim and Clauss, LLP. 

Mr. Smith has been a civil litigator for over 10 years, in which he has tried several cases to verdict. Mr. Smith also has appellate experience, notably, he drafted the respondent’s brief and argued before the California Court of Appeal in published decision Santa Ana Police Officers Association vs. City of Santa Ana, 13 Cal. App. 5th 317 (2017). This case establishes what documents must be disclosed to peace officers after their first interrogation in an internal affairs investigation and prior to a second interrogation. The case also held that peace officers do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy during a raid of a marijuana dispensary, despite no members of the public being present. 


  • California


  •  Whittier Law School, Juris Doctorcum laude
    • Recipient, CALI award in criminal procedure
    • Member of the law review
  • California State University, Long Beach, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a minor in Political Science