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Richard Blotenberger Smith

Richard Blotenberger Smith, American lawyer. Bar: New York 1955, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1972.


  • Smith, Richard Blotenberger was born on July 9, 1928 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Richard H. and May F. (Blottenberger) Smith.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Yale University, 1949. Bachelor of Laws, University Pennsylvania, 1953.


    • Associate Reavis & McGrath, New York City, 1953-1955, 57-63, partner, 1963-1967. Attorney W.R. Grace Company, 1955-1957. Commissioner Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, 1967-1971.

      Partner firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York City, 1971-1990, senior counsel, 1991—2003. Member council Administrative Conference United States, 1971-1974.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: New York 1955, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1972.


    Trustee New York City Citizens Budget Commission, 1976-1988, vice chairman 1976-1984. Member American Bar Association (vice chairman commission on law and economy 1975-1979, member council section on corporation, banking and business law 1979-1984, national conference lawyers and Certified Public Accountants, 1982-1987), New York State Bar Association, Association Bar City New York, American Law Institute (adviser Federal Securities Code 1970-1980, corporation governance project 1981-1993, New York Uniform Law Commission 1998-2002).


    • Married Patricia Hamilton, July 18, 1987. Children from previous marriage: Landis (Mistress Bruce Bernstein), Leslie (Mistress Keith McDaniel), Thompson, Eliza.
    • father: Richard H. Smith
    • mother: May F. (Blottenberger) Smith
    • spouse: Patricia Hamilton
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    Died November 2, 2003
    (aged 75)