W. Davis Smith is currently Of Counsel at the law firm of Andrews Lagasse Branch & Bell, LLP, in San Diego, a woman and minority owned law firm which specializes in employment law and general litigation.
Previously, he was senior vice president and general counsel for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), one of Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities. He worked for the company for 31 years. Prior to that, he was Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Sempra Energy, responsible for Regulatory and Litigation. Prior to that, he was a litigation attorney for Pacific Enterprises, the former parent company of SoCalGas. While there, he represented the company before the California Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He also served as chief counsel for the Pacific Enterprises Energy Companies responsible for the merger and acquisition of Pacific Enterprises’ oil- and gas-exploration companies and Sempra Energy’s acquisition of gas utility companies in Argentina.
Prior to joining Pacific Enterprises, Smith worked in corporate law for Litton Industries and was in private litigation practice. He serviced 5 years in the Air Force and was honorably discharged as a captain.
Smith has a law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. He also has a master’s degree in business administration from California State University and a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy. Smith is on the Board, and was previously Co-Chair of the California Minority Counsel Program, whose mission is to provide access, opportunity and education to diverse attorneys in California; is a member of the State Bar’s Council on Access and Fairness; and is on the Crawford High School Law Academy Advisory Board which is dedicated to improving the diversity pipeline for law school.