Kyle D. Smith is an attorney with a practice focused on appellate advocacy. He keeps his arguments in plain English and supports them with legal authority.

Kyle D. Smith

I am an Irvine-based lawyer and graduate of UCLA School of Law. I have a passion for for writing compelling appellate briefs. In doing so, I place a strong emphasis on simplicity and readability. I work hard to make the arguments in each case clear and understandable, so that every reader will be able to easily digest my arguments.


UCLA School of Law; Juris Doctor (law degree).

Northern Arizona University; Bachelor of Science.


All California state courts.

United States District Court, Central District of California.

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


California Appellate Defense Counsel; (2014–present).

California Attorneys for Criminal Justice; (2015–present).


I started practicing appellate law in 2012, shortly after I passed the bar. During law school I externed for Chief Judge Alex Kozinski in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where I gained experience in topics involving federal law and appellate procedure. I also served as the Managing Articles Editor of the UCLA Journal of Law and Technology and a Managing Editor on the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, during which time I honed my writing and editing skills.


If you would like to get in touch, you can e-mail me directly at or call me at (949) 529-8464.