E. David Smith, Esq.

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E. David Smith, Esq., is principal of Smith & Associates, and serves as outside general counsel for US and foreign companies, family enterprises and family offices. Guiding his clients in the creation and growth of their wealth, he positions business entities for growth opportunities and for mitigating risk, including asset preservation. Combining his experience in corporate transactions, capital raising and financing, corporate governance, corporate litigation and intellectual property, he provides strategic guidance, identifies and addresses core issues, and quarterbacks companies’ and family offices’ legal needs. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the Tulane University School of Law, and is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and Georgia, in addition to numerous federal trial and appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. The team at Smith & Associates includes seasoned practitioners in tax, mergers and acquisitions, contracts, investment agreements, employment, litigation, commercial real estate and intellectual property.

  • Member, Inn of Transactional Counsel
  • Member, Family Office Committee of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, International Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises
  • Member, Professional Advisory Board of the New York City Family Enterprise Center
  • Member, Family Firm Institute
  • Member, Corporate Counsel Section of the State Bar of Georgia

Articles, Speeches and CLEs Given

  • Moderator of panel on “Direct Investments in Real Estate and Private Equity” at New York State Society of CPAs Fifth Annual Family Office Conference
  • Moderator of panel on “The Life Cycle of a Business: From Birth to Afterlife and Beyond — Maximizing Value at Every Step” at the JBiz Expo
  • Moderator of CLE panel on “Family Offices: A to Z About Acting as a Legal Counsel for a Family Office” at the New York County Lawyers Association
  • Moderator of panel on “Real Estate & Hard Asset Investment Allocation – Where Are You Investing, Through What Vehicles, and Why?” at the Chief Investment Officer Summit
  • Panelist for CLE on “A-Z of Family Offices” for the National Academy of CLE
  • Moderator of panel on “Protecting Your Family Assets and Family Office from Hidden Risks and Liabilities” at the Family Office Super Summit
  • Presenter of “Legal Challenges of Family Enterprises” at the Executives Club of New Jersey
  • Presenter of CLE on “Family Office Law” at the Inn of Transactional Counsel
  • Author, “Make Sure Your Direct Investments Float Your Boat, Don’t Sink It” published in FOCAPNET
  • Co-Author, “New Frontiers In Family Offices” published in The New York County Lawyer