E. David Smith Esq.

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, 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 to 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




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