Clifton N. Smoot

Clifton N. Smoot

Clifton N. Smoot is an attorney with The Veen Firm, San Francisco, on the Leary Trial Team. His team handles complex cases involving life-altering injuries or death. His practice area includes products liability, workplace injuries, dangerous conditions of property, and vehicle negligence. He is a member of SFTLA, CAOC, AAJ, and The Lawyers’ Club of San Francisco Inn of Court, and also helps coach the UC Hastings Trial Team. . He is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and UC Hastings College of the Law.

Articles written by this author:

Defense apologies at trial: Sorry, but that ship has sailed

A look at the elements of a real apology, and how to avoid a tactical apology at trial

Clifton N. Smoot

2017 May


The defense medical exam is not an interrogation

Don’t let the medical examiner conduct an oral examination – this isn’t a deposition

Clifton N. Smoot

2018 October


Turn up the heat on your record subpoenas

You’ve served the subpoena duces tecum but still don’t have the documents – here’s your game plan

Clifton N. Smoot

2019 April