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As President of the Dallas Law firm of SettlePou, Mr. Smith is a recognized legal talent in the Dallas and Texas legal community. Mr. Smith is Chair of the firm's Commercial Litigation Section and has been Board Certified with the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1992. He has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer and has made numerous presentations and speeches in his areas of practice. For more information on Mr. Smith and his firm, see the firm website at


J. Allen Smith

Main Phone: 214.520.3300
Main Fax: 214.526.4145
Email address:

Areas of Practice:
Business Litigation
Financial Institution Litigation
Condemnation Law
Legislation and Regulatory Affairs
Real Estate Litigation

Texas State Bar Admittance Date: 1984

Court Admittance Dates:
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Northern District of Texas
Southern District of Texas
Eastern District of Texas
Western District of Texas

Chairman, Taxation Committee, Outdoor Advertising Association of America (2002-2003)
Chairman, Valuation Committee, Outdoor Advertising Association of America (2003-Present)
Chairman, Judiciary and Legislative Committee, Dallas Mortgage Bankers Association (1994)
First Vice President, Fort Worth Mortgage Bankers Association (1995-96)
President, Fort Worth Mortgage Bankers Association (1996-97)
Texas Mortgage Bankers Association, Vice Chairman, Liaison Committee (1995-97)
Counsel, Texas Outdoor Advertising Association (2002-present)
Dallas Bar Association

Selected in 2007 Texas Super Lawyers and featured in Texas Monthly Magazine, October 2007
Who's Who in American Law
Who's Who in Texas


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 85%
  2. Business: 15%



Hourly ($460/hour)

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  • Michael W. Eaton

    Allen is a great lawyer with a knack for simplifying very complex issues and cases. Any client seeking a litigator with great trial skills and impressive knowledge of the law should seek out Allen.


    Michael Eaton Corporate and incorporation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael Stephen Byrd

    Allen is a unique trial lawyer with an ability to turn a complex matter into its simplest form for judges or juries. While he is an aggresive and respected opponent (and sometimes feared) when it comes to trials, Allen has an inate ability to resolve disputes favorably for clients through alternative dispute resolution or negotiations.


    Michael Byrd Business Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info


3333 Lee Parkway Eighth Floor
Dallas, TX, 75219


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198408/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Life FellowTexas Bar Foundation2015
Super LawyerTexas super lawyers business edition2014
Super LawyerTexas Super Lawyers2014
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyer Business Edition2013
Texas Super Lawyer2013 Super Lawyers2013
Texas Super Lawyer2012 Super Lawyers2012
Texas Super Lawyer2011 Super Lawyers2011
Texas Super Lawyers2010 Texas Super Lawyers2010
2010 Corporate Counsel Edition of Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2010
2009 Texas Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2009
Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel EditionSuper Lawyers2009
2008 Texas Super LawyersLaw & Politics Media2008
2007 Texas Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2007
Recipient of Pro Bono Award by Private BarDallas Bar Association1992
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentSettlepou1993 - Present
PartnerRiddle and Brown1988 - 1993
PartnerFowler Smith and Tiemann1986 - 1988
N/ASlator and Prendergast1984 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
Texas Historical FoundationBoard of Directors2010 - Present
Outdoor Advertising Association of America Valuation CommitteeChairman2003 - Present
Texas Outdoor Advertising AssociationMember2002 - Present
Texas Outdoor Advertising Associationgeneral counsel2000 - Present
Outdoor Advertising Association of Americamember1991 - Present
Dallas Mortgage Bankersmember1990 - Present
Texas Mortgage Bankers AssociationMember1988 - Present
Dallas Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Outdoor Advertising Association of America Taxation CommitteeChairman2002 - 2003
Fort Worth Mortgage Bankers AssociationPresident1996 - 1997
Fort Worth Mortgage Bankers AssociationVice President1995 - 1996
Texas Mortgage Bankers AssociationVice Chairman1995 - 1997
Dallas Mortgage Bankers Association Judiciary and Legislative CommitteeChairman1994 - 1999
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Tharp v TharpAppeallate decision on retirement property
Patrick Media Group v Dallas Area Rapid TransitAppeallate decision
Peoples v Sebring Capital CorporationAppeallate Decision
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Publication nameTitleDate
OAAAA uniform Approach to Ad Valorem Valuation2014
The Texas Lawyer Special Edition, Litigation and E-Discovery“The Rule 263 Trial By Agreement"2011
Texas LawyerPay Up2011
Journal of Property Tax Assessment & Administration, Volume 7, Issue 3 pp. 61-70 .“A National Review of Uniformity in Ad Valorem Tax Valuation of Billboard Property”,2010
Texas Lawyer,“The Big Picture”2010
Texas LawyerView from the Top2009
Outdoor Advertising Association of America Legal ForumThe Federal Court's Vanishing Jurisdiction in Fifth Amendment Takings Litigation2008
Advanced Real Estate Course, State Bar of TexasProperty Interests Pertaining to Outdoor Advertising Signs2004
Texas Outdoor Advertising AssociationReal Property Rights Preservation Act1997
Texas Mortgage Bankers SeminarAlternative Dispute Resolution1993
Continuing Education SeminarExtraordinary Remedies1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of LawFinanceB.B.A.1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Dallas Bar Association“Eminent Domain 101 for Real Estate Lawyers”2011
OAAA Webinar SeriesEminent Domain and Ad Valorum Tax valuations2009
OAAA Webinar SeriesTaxes and Takings2009
11th Annual Conference of National HBA AllianceRegulatory Impact on the Value of Billboards2009
Ninth Annual Conference of the National Alliance of Highway Beautification AgenciesBillboard Valuation: What's the issue?2006
Advanced Real Estate CourseProperty Interests Pertaining to Outdoor Advertising Signs2004
American Society of Appraisers International ConferenceOutdoor Advertising Appraising2003
Outdoor Advertising Association of America Legal ForumValuation and Condemnation Topics2000