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dps - photoDaniel P. Smith is a business and tax attorney who has practiced law in Tennessee since 1979, after graduating summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University, where he was a member of The Phi Beta Kappa Society. He obtained his law degree from Vanderbilt University's School of Law, where he was an associate editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. In addition, Mr. Smith has an LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Taxation from New York University.

Mr. Smith is admitted to practice law in Tennessee. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee, and before the United States Tax Court.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, and the American Health Lawyers Association. He is also a Fellow in the Nashville Bar Foundation. Mr. Smith has received an AV®Preeminent™ peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. He is the co-author of the true crime book, "Victims of Dead Man Walking," published by Pelican Publishing Company.

Mr. Smith has been tax counsel on numerous tax-exempt bond issuances, including qualified 501(c)(3) bonds, exempt facility bonds for qualified residential rental projects, general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, community development district bonds, current and advance refunding bonds, pool bonds, and Build America Bonds.

He was involved in two deals in 2008 that were federally taxable, securitization structures in which bonds totaling in excess of $960 million were backed by payments from utility ratepayers, one of which was named by International Financial Review as the "U.S. Deal of the Year."

Mr. Smith has also represented clients in several IRS audits involving large amounts at issue and legal questions of national importance.

He has advised and represent clients with respect to the formation and acquisitions of other companies, and he has represented 501(c)(3) organizations in making their application for recognition of tax-exempt status.

Mr. Smith has represented franchisors with respect to both their domestic and international franchise offerings and operations. He has prepared franchise offering documents and registered franchise offerings in most registration states, and prepared franchise agreements, software licensing agreements, non-competition agreements, and guaranty agreements for use throughout the United States and in approximately 50 foreign countries.

He has also represented hospital and physician clients with respect to business transactions and has provided counsel and advice to healthcare clients with respect to tax issues and federal fraud and abuse laws, including the Stark Amendment and the federal Anti-Kickback Statute.



Languages spoken: French

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Practice areas


  1. Tax: 50%
  2. Health Care: 25%
  3. Contracts & Agreements: 10%
  4. Business: 10%
  5. Estate Planning: 5%


Payment types:

Cash, Check

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1616 Westgate Cir
Brentwood, TN, 37027-8019


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Associate EditorVanderbilt Law Review1978
Phi Beta KappaVanderbilt University1976
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerDPS Legal Counsel2011 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Health Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
Nashville Bar FoundationFellow2008 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1979 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember1979 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws1991
Vanderbilt University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Vanderbilt UniversityFrenchBA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association Annual SeminarPublic Financing vs. Private Activity2014
Tax, Healthcare and Business Law SeminarTax, Healthcare and Business Law2014
Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association Annual SeminarTax Compliance Life Story of Your Bond Deal2012