Kirk G. Smith is a principal at the law firm of Shepherd, Smith, Edwards & Kantas LLP located in Houston, Texas. Mr. Smith received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, in New Orleans and his law degree (JD) from South Texas College of Law in Houston. Mr. Smith's experience in the brokerage industry is well diversified, from marketing for a smaller specialized Wall Street firm to working as an investment advisor for a major brokerage firm. In his career Mr. Smith has worked on several hundred arbitration matters representing investors against brokerage firms, banks and trust companies. Besides focusing on securities arbitration, Mr. Smith also devotes his time to protecting the rights of the investor through his membership in the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association. Mr. Smith has been featured as a guest speaker on the topic of Securities Arbitration at various venues. Mr. Smith has also authored several articles published by national news agencies, has been quoted in various news articles, and has also appeared on television in the US, Latin America and Switzerland discussing securities related matters.