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Jonathan L. Smith

Jonathan L. Smith


Jonathan Smith is a commercial litigator who focuses on the representation of vehicle manufacturers in distribution and franchise matters. Jon’s in-depth understanding of the varying federal and state laws that regulate the manufacturer-dealer relationship allows him to effectively counsel manufacturers on the management of their retail distribution networks. Although Jon strives to develop solutions to avoid litigation, when the courtroom is unavoidable, he couples his knowledge of these specialized laws with his litigation experience to resolve differences in his client’s favor. 

Jon is experienced in all phases of litigation, from the initial stages of a claim through trial, and has successfully represented clients in state and federal court and before various administrative agencies. He has represented auto-manufacturers in cases involving the establishment of new dealerships, dealership relocations, franchise modifications and terminations, pricing discrimination claims and other matters. 

Upon joining Bowman and Brooke, Jon expanded his litigation practice to include the defense of pharmaceutical, medical device and auto manufacturers against product liability and personal injury claims.  Jon also has substantial experience in the recovery of commercial and business debts and ensuring the enforcement of money judgments in Texas.   
Prior to pursuing a career in law, Jon was public school teacher and worked extensively with at-risk and special needs students. Today, he continues to advocate for children with disabilities through his involvement with the Special Olympics of Texas and by offering pro bono legal services to indigent parents of special needs students.

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2013


  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 2013

    summa cum laude

    Associate Editor, Houston Law Review

  • Texas A&M University, M.Ed., 2008
  • University of Texas, B.B.A., 1999

Professional Associations

    • Austin Bar Association
      —Member, Civil Litigation Section


    • Bowman and Brooke Trial Skills College
      —Outstanding Team Performance – Defense, 2020