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Daniel Paul Smith

Business Attorney at Brentwood, TN

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Practice areas
  1. Business
    LLCs & Other Business Organizations ; Trademarks & Other Intellectual Property Protection; Franchising & Licensing; Representation for Businesses Experiencing Adverse Federal or TN Governmental Actions; Business & Contract Disputes; Tax Planning

  2. Health care
    Physician Employment Contracts; Group Practice Operating Agreements; Surgery Center Agreements; HIPAA-Compliant Business Associate Agreements; Federal & Tennessee Fraud and Abuse (Stark, Anti-Kickback); Transactional Healthcare Counsel

Daniel 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, the United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, and before the United States Tax Court.

He is a member of the Tennessee Bar 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.


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Licensed for 44 years
State TN
Status Active
Acquired 1979
Updated 03/17/2023

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Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2015
Exceptional! A true professional with integrity.
Dan is a creative problem solver that truly has a heart for his clients. His professional experience and areas of practice are vast. He is capable of most areas pertaining to individuals or small business. I highly recommend him. Great service that is worth the price.


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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • DPS Legal Counsel
  • 2011 - Present


  • New York University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1991
  • Vanderbilt University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • Vanderbilt University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976

Legal Cases

  • Eminent Domain Defense
  • IRS Offer in Compromise
  • IRS Audit Defense
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  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Williamson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Fraud and Abuse Practice Group
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Tax Law Section
  • Membrer
  • 2018 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate Section
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Health Care Law Section
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association, General Solo and Small Firm Section
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2008 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • French

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Associate Editor
  • Vanderbilt Law Review
  • 1978
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Vanderbilt University
  • 1976

Speaking Engagements

  • Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association Annual Seminar
  • Public Financing vs. Private Activity
  • 2014
  • Tax, Healthcare and Business Law Seminar
  • Tax, Healthcare and Business Law
  • 2014
  • Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association Annual Seminar
  • Tax Compliance Life Story of Your Bond Deal
  • 2012
  • 17th Annual Health Law Symposium
  • Surviving IRS Audits of Nonprofit Hospitals
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (32)
Endorse Daniel
Business Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dan does a great job if you need tax, IP, physician-employment, or business/entrepreneurial assistance! Dan is an all-around great guy, and you'll be glad you contacted him. His far-reaching areas of expertise make him a great advocate."
Tax Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you need an experienced tax lawyer or one who has knowledge and understanding of business practices and the healthcare industry I would Recommend lawyer Daniel Smith"
Business Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dan is a man of character and integrity. He will handle any legal matter with the professionalism and excellence needed."
Health care Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The health care world keeps on getting more and more complicated, doesn't it? One day there's a new regulation you need to pay attention to and the next some big conglomerate is moving into Nashville and saying "play with us or watch your back." When this happens you need an independent resource that you can trust. I recommend that you talk to Dan Smith. Experienced. Trustworthy. Knowledgeable. Dan will help you make a great decision about your situation."
Tax Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dan Smith is an exceptional attorney. Dan has a great ability to assist clients through highly complex and difficult cases. His attention to detail, depth of knowledge and client engagement is highly admirable. I would recommend Dan Smith without hesitation."
Business Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I worked with Dan as a colleague and co-worker for many years and now enjoy being able to refer work to him when I cannot handle the matter. He is particularly apt at business law, tax matters, representing physicians and representing executives in connection with compensation and tax matters. A very versatile attorney and one of my go to people for outbound referrals."
Business Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly and highly endorse this lawyer. Dan and I worked at the same Nashville firm for many years and have continued our professional relationship to the present. A lawyer needs to be both competent and honest. Dan epitomizes integrity in all his dealings and is an expert in several fields. I will continue to refer him to clients and friends who need his abundant talents."
Business Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dan and I were partners in a law firm several years back. I am impressed with Dan's professionalism, attention to detail and common sense. He is an excellent attorney. He is dedicated to his family and his clients. I enthusiastically endorse Dan Smith."
Business Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I negotiated on another side of a deal from Dan and as a result of that experience, I am happy to endorse him. He is a man of his word and a pleasure to work with. His competence in health care business transactions as well as tax matters is unmatched,"
Tax Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Dan has shown proven results with his clients and has always been cordial and open to discuss issues."
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