Brian King, Esq. is an attorney and founding member of Smith & King, LLC. Since he began practicing law in 2006, Mr. King has focused his work almost exclusively on criminal defense, civil, and securities litigation. In the area of criminal law, Mr. King is proficient at defending clients against any type of criminal charge during the investigative, trial, and appellate stages of a matter at the State and Federal Court levels. His experience ranges from defending basic offenses such as DUI, assault, and drug possession to more complex ones such as mail and wire fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, and enterprise corruption.
Mr. King is also highly adept at handling securities matters before the SEC and FINRA. His experience in SEC matters consists of defending individuals and companies against various claims, including, but not limited to, those alleging market manipulation, insider trading, fraud, mismarking, and selling unregistered stock. Before FINRA, Mr. King represents investors, as well as brokers and brokerage firms, in expungement requests, arbitrations, mediations, and disciplinary proceedings. He has an in-depth knowledge of the unique procedural rules that are applicable in those proceedings and is able to employ the distinctive strategies that are most effective in them. In terms of purely civil law matters, Mr. King concentrates his practice on commercial, personal injury, and employment litigation. Within those three areas, Mr. King is experienced in handling various types of claims, some of which include false arrest, malicious prosecution, breach of contract, civil RICO, negligence, fraud, assault, battery, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and discrimination.
Prior to the formation of Smith & King, LLC in 2016, Mr. King worked for ten years as an associate for Mr. Smith’s firm, the Law Office of David S. Smith, LLC. During that time, Mr. King and Mr. Smith developed a sincere respect for, and trust in, one another, as well as a complimentary and efficient method of working together. Those developments, along with their individual skills, intelligence, and work ethics, have consistently allowed them to provide their clients with the expertise, professionalism, attention, passion, and empathy they deserve.
Mr. King also worked as an associate for the Manhattan based law firm Tacopina & Seigel, P.C. During his tenure there, Mr. King excelled as a litigator, handling wide array of criminal and civil matters in both State and Federal Court and securities matters before SEC and FINRA.
Mr. King’s passion for litigation began at Quinnipiac University School of Law, from which he graduated in May 2005. While a law student there, he completed prestigious internships at the State’s Attorney’s Office in Bridgeport, CT, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Haven, CT, and for the Honorable Alfred V. Covello on the U.S. District Court in Connecticut. He is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut, as well as before the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the District of Connecticut, and the Second Circuit.