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J.David Smith, Jr.

Counsel to the Firm, Lexington

David is Counsel to the Firm after rejoining in 2018 after a three year hiatus. David's practice concentrates on corporate and banking law, mergers & acquisitions, securities and equine law. He is a member of the Business group, as well as the Banking, Mergers & Acquistions, Public Finance, Equine and Securities & Corporate Governance practices. 

Education
University of Kentucky College of Law
1982, J.D.

1979, B.A., summa cum laude
Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Oxford University Oxford England
Admissions
Kentucky

Recognition

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers in America®
  • Kentucky Super Lawyer, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer for Business, Corporate/M&A, 2014
  • Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer, Banking Law, 2012-2014
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Affiliations

  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • LexArts, Chairman of the Board
  • Fund for the Arts, Board of Directors
  • Louisville Ballet, Board of Directors
  • Lexington Public Library Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Paris-Bourbon County YMCA, Board of Directors, President
  • Commerce Lexington, Board of Directors
  • Kentucky Historical Society Foundation, Board of Directors, President
  • Delta Dental, Board of Directors, President
  • World Trade Center Kentucky, Board of Directors
  • Keeneland Association Inc., Board of Directors
  • Creosalus Inc., Board of Directors
  • Lovejoy Industries, Inc., Board of Directors
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Meet J.David

Work Highlights

Sale of Racecourse Interest

Represented a racetrack association in the sale of a portion of its ownership interest.  We handled all aspects of the transaction for our client and obtained approval by the the governing horse racing commission for the sale. 

Representation of Financial Institutions in Enforcement Actions

Representation of financial institution clients in negotiating with regulatory authorities about a proposed enforcement action, including formal cease and desist and consent orders and informal memoranda of understanding. Advising financial institutions regarding compliance with enforcement...

Public Tender Offer

Representation of public issuer in a “Dutch Auction” self-tender offer for approximately $17 million in a NASDAQ listed common stock.

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