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Attorney Tempe Smith loves helping people from all backgrounds and all walks of life, everyone from farmers to doctors. Several months ago she found herself in a courtroom in Kansas City, Kansas, watching as a jury awarded $218 million dollars to her clients, over 7,000 Kansas corn farmers. In that moment, she felt an enormous amount of pride. She was proud to see the result of all the hard work that her team had poured into the case; she was proud to know that they had won against some of the best lawyers in the country; and she was most proud to know that her clients had finally obtained the justice they deserved. Moments like these are the reason that Tempe became a lawyer.

Whether she is working on a class action, commercial, or personal injury case, Tempe applies the same drive and determination to each case she works on. She understands how difficult and overwhelming the legal process can be for ordinary individuals, which is why she offers open communication and compassionate guidance for all of her clients. She affords every unique case the level of personalized attention it deserves and always strives for the justice and fair recovery her clients are owed.

When she is not busy being a lawyer, Tempe enjoys spending time with her friends and family, cooking, hiking, and watching Alabama football.

Education

Tempe is a graduate of Mary Washington College in Virginia, and the University of Alabama School of Law. While in law school, she was on the Alabama Law Review, the Jessup Moot Court Team, and was an associate justice on the Honor Court. She was awarded the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society’s “Outstanding Senior” award. Tempe was a Hugo L. Black Scholar and was elected to the Order of the Coif, an honor reserved for those who graduate in the top 10% of their class.

  • Mary Washington College, B.S., 2004
  • University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2010, magna cum laude

Notable Work

  • In 2017, Tempe was a part of a trial team that successfully represented the nation’s corn growers in the first of eight-certified state class action lawsuits against Syngenta, resulting in a verdict of nearly $218 million. She will be on the trial team for the next seven class action trials that are set in 2018.

  • Prior to working on behalf of America’s corn farmers, Tempe worked as part of a team of Hare Wynn lawyers who represented a nationwide class of people and companies that were defrauded in the settlement of a prior class action. After 13 years of litigation, the Hare Wynn team obtained a $310 million settlement on behalf of the class.

  • Tempe also has experience helping States seek justice on behalf of their citizens. Several Hare Wynn lawyers, including Tempe, worked with the Attorney General’s offices of Montana and Alaska to negotiate the largest consumer protection settlement related to drug misbranding in both Montana and Alaska. These settlements resulted in a payout of $15.25 million to the state of Alaska and $16.7 million to the state of Montana.

  • Prior to joining Hare Wynn, Tempe clerked for the Honorable Judges James H. Hancock, R. David Proctor, and John E. Ott all in the Northern District of Alabama.

Admitted

  • Alabama, 2010
  • Tennessee, 2013
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama

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News

  • Hare Wynn Attorneys Named B-Metro Magazine Top Women Lawyers of 2016

    Hare Wynn attorneys Ashley Peinhardt and Tempe ... READ MORE

  • 5 Pieces of Advice for New Law School Graduates and Associates

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Unparalleled Honors

  • ABA
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • AV Preeminent
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Americas Top 100 Attorneys
  • American Association for Justice
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Multi-Million Advocates
  • American Judicature Society
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Benchmark Litigation
  • Alabama Association for Justice
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • International Society of Barristers
  • Kentucky Justice Association
  • Lawdragon 2017
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • National Law Journal Top 100 Verdicts
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • NBLSC Board Certified Lawyers
  • Phoenix Club of Birmingham
  • Plaintiffs Steering Committee
  • SuperLawyers
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • Top Ranked USA Chambers

Tempe D. Smith Results

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  • $310,000,000 Corporate Fraud

    In 2016, a team of Hare Wynn lawyers, including Scott Powell, John Haley, Bruce McKee, Ralph Cook, Brian Vines, and Tempe Smith secured a $310 million dollar ...More

  • $218,000,000 Syngenta GMO Corn

    Scott Powell and three long-time colleagues are responsible for securing a $217.7 million dollar verdict on behalf of a class of more than 7,000 Kansas farmers. This ...More

  • $15,250,000 Consumer Protection

    Hare Wynn served as national counsel in a lawsuit on behalf of consumers involving the drug Vioxx that resulted in a $15,250,000 recovery.More

Our Results

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  • $2,860,000,000 Securities Fraud

    Hare Wynn obtains a $2.86 billion judgment in compensatory damages against Richard M. Scrushy, the largest judgment against an individual in history in any American jurisdiction....More

  • $750,000,000 GMO Rice Contamination

    Hare Wynn represents more than 2,500 rice farmers in a historic $750 million settlement against Bayer Cropscience....More

  • $422,000,000 Whistleblower

    Hare Wynn attorneys Scott Powell and Don McKenna represent one of four whistleblowers who brought False Claims Act suits against Novartis Pharmaceuticals for off-label marketing of Trileptal and paying illegal kickbacks to doctors in ass...More

  • $310,000,000 Corporate Fraud

    In 2016, a team of Hare Wynn lawyers, including Scott Powell, John Haley, Bruce McKee, Ralph Cook, Brian Vines, and Tempe Smith secured a $310 million dollar settlement on behalf of a nationwide class of investors who had been defrauded...More

  • $218,000,000 Syngenta GMO Corn

    Scott Powell and three long-time colleagues are responsible for securing a $217.7 million dollar verdict on behalf of a class of more than 7,000 Kansas farmers. This trial was the first of a number of class actions trials against Syngent...More

  • $133,000,000 Securities Fraud

    This was a shareholder derivative suit on behalf of HealthSouth Corporation. It alleged that UBS Securities knew about Richard Scrushy’s accounting frauds at HealthSouth, yet helped Scrushy to continue to make acquisitions and to c...More

  • $110,000,000 Qui Tam

    U.S. ex rel. Johnson v. Shell, resulting in the company’s agreement to pay $110 million to resolve claims that it underpaid royalties due for oil produced on federal leases...More

  • $40,250,000 Wrongful Death

    Hare Wynn has obtained a $40.25 million jury verdict in Jefferson County, Alabama, in a case involving the death of Derric Rush, a Hoover resident killed on his way home from Wednesday night service at the church where he worked....More

  • $40,000,000 Whistleblower

    Healthways Inc. will pay $40 million to end a lawsuit alleging the company’s Diabetes Treatment Center of America received kickbacks for paying doctors to send their patients to hospitals that are the unit’s clients....More

  • $37,500,000 Death of a Police Officer

    Hare Wynn lawyers, Matt Minner and Jamie Moncus, obtained a large punitive damages verdict from a Madison County jury in a case involving the death of a Huntsville Police Officer. The family of slain Officer, Daniel Golden, bro...More

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