Kimberly Donaldson Smith

Kimberly Donaldson Smith is a partner in the Firm’s Haverford office. Kimberly has been counseling clients and prosecuting cases on complex issues involving securities, business transactions and other class actions for over 15 years.

Kimberly concentrates her practice in sophisticated securities class action litigation in federal courts throughout the country, and has served as lead or co-lead counsel in over a dozen class actions. She is very active in investigating and initiating securities and shareholder class actions.

Kimberly is currently prosecuting federal securities claims on behalf of investors in numerous cases Kimberly was instrumental in the outstanding settlements achieved for the investors in:

  • W2007 Grace Acquisition I, Inc., Preferred Stockholder Litigation, Civ. No. 2:13-cv-2777 (W.D. Tenn.)(a settlement valued at over $76 million for current and former W2007 Grace preferred stockholders);
  • In re Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. Investor Litigation, Case 650607/2012, NY Supreme Court (a $55,000,000 cash settlement fund and $100 million tax savings for the Empire investors);
  • CNL Hotels & Resorts Inc. Federal Securities Litigation, Case No. 04-cv-1231 (M.D. Fla.)(a $35,000,000 cash settlement fund and a $225 million savings for the CNL shareholders);
  • Inland Western Retail Real Estate Trust, Inc., et al. Litigation, Case 07 C 6174 (U.S.D.C. N.D. Ill) (a $90 million savings for the Inland shareholders subjected to a self-dealing transaction); and
  • Wells REIT Securities Litigation, Case 1:07-cv-00862/1:07-cv-02660 (U.S.D.C. N.D. GA)(a $7 million cash settlement fund for the Wells REIT investors).

Notably, Kimberly was an integral member of the trial team that successfully litigated the In re Real Estate Associates Limited Partnership Litigation, No. CV 98-7035 DDP (CD. Cal.) through a six-week jury trial that resulted in a landmark $184 million plaintiffs’ verdict, which is one of the largest jury verdicts since the passage of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Real Estate Associates judgment was settled for $83 million, which represented full recovery for the Class (and an amount in excess of the damages calculated by Plaintiffs’ expert).

Kimberly’s pro bono activities include serving as a volunteer attorney with the Support Center for Child Advocates, a Philadelphia-based, nonprofit organization that provides legal and social services to abused and neglected children. Since 2006, Kimberly has been recognized by Law & Politics and the publishers of Philadelphia Magazine as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer or Rising Star, as listed in the Super Lawyers’ publications.