Bruce Smith


Bruce C. Smith is a partner in the Portland and Phoenix offices of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Medical Malpractice, Healthcare, and Long-Term Care Practices. Mr. Smith has extensive experience handling medical negligence and elder abuse cases for doctors, hospitals, long-term care facilities, registry providers, and management companies. Mr. Smith has represented doctors, podiatrists, psychologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives, chiropractors, and behavioral health providers before state licensing boards. He has also conducted investigations of potential criminal conduct alleged to have occurred within a healthcare facility. Mr. Smith counsels clients regarding federal and state regulatory compliance, patient privacy, peer review/quality assurance, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). He has handled numerous matters pertaining to enforcement of health care arbitration clauses at both the trial court and appellate levels.

Mr. Smith has first and second chair trial experience, as well as extensive experience in arbitrations and private mediations. Mr. Smith has briefed and argued cases before the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit, the Arizona Supreme Court, and Arizona Court of Appeals.

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Healthcare
  • Long-Term Care
  • COVID-19: Healthcare/Long-Term Care/Regulatory




United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

United States District Court for the District of Arizona

United States District Court for the District of Oregon

Awards & Honors

Listed in Best Lawyers in America® 2024 — Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants


Arizona State University College of Law

Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1987

Washington University in St. Louis

Bachelor of Arts, 1984


  • Author:  Comment, When Should an Employer be Held Liable for the Sexual Harassment of a Supervisor Who Creates a Hostile Work Environment?  A Proposed Theory of Liability, 19 Ariz. St. L.J. 285 (1987)
  • Author:  Limiting the Number of Expert Witnesses Under Rule 26(b)(4)(D): An Analysis of the Meaning of the New Rule, 25 Ariz. St. L.J. 167 (1993)