40 Under 40: Jordan Smith, Partner, Pisanelli Bice

Jordan Smith, partner at Pisanelli Bice, is a 2020 Vegas Inc 40 Under 40 honoree.

Litigation comes naturally to Jordan Smith. “I’m from a family of lawyers, including my grandfather, father, mother, two uncles, aunt, brother and my wife,” Smith said. Having served as Deputy Solicitor General of Nevada, Smith is now a partner at Pisanelli Bice, one of the most prestigious law firms in the state.

“I’ve been a part of some of the most significant recent cases in Nevada. With Pisanelli Bice, I am lead counsel in the State’s litigation against the Department of Energy related to a secret plutonium shipment to the Nevada National Security Site and part of the team contesting the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository,” Smith said. While previously working at the Nevada Attorney General’s Office, Smith contributed to numerous other high-profile cases but considers being promoted to partner of Pisanelli Bice his greatest professional accomplishment to date.

When he’s not in the courtroom, Smith and his wife, Brianna, regularly volunteer with the Special Olympics Nevada. He also provides pro bono legal services with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, an organization that provides quality counsel and representation to individuals in need. Over the years, Smith has published a number of scholarly articles in peer-reviewed legal journals and has acquired a list of accolades, including being named Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year for Las Vegas by Best Lawyers in America.

Smith compares the legal profession to a four-dimensional chess match that requires creative solutions to complex issues. “I was first attracted to the legal profession because it is an intellectual and competitive endeavor. It requires outside-the-box thinking, a creative and strategic approach, and old-fashioned hard work,” Smith said. Looking forward, Smith says that he’s committed to continuing Pisanelli Bice’s tradition of excellence.