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Elliot P Smith

Estate planning Attorney at SOUTH JORDAN, UT

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State UT
    Acquired 2006
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About Elliot

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Elliot has extensive legal, tax, and business experience. Elliot has worked with an international accounting firm in both its federal tax and mergers and acquisition practices, as well as with several law firms. Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to work with a diverse clientele ranging from billion-dollar companies to professional athletes and has gained significant experience dealing with complex issues. This experience has allowed him to gain a strong reputation among attorneys and accountants across the state, and he frequently provides consultation for tax and legal professionals on a wide variety of complex tax issues. Elliot represents both businesses and individuals.

In his spare time, Elliot enjoys spending time with his family, biking, watching movies, snowshoeing, and fly fishing.

Elliot is married to Rachel and they have two children. They currently live in South Jordan, Utah.


Pearson Butler, PLLC
1802 W. South Jordan Parkway, Suite 200

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Posted by R. Lane Jenson | November 18, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Expert at business tax issues
Elliot has always had the answer to all of my tax questions regarding my business. He's always professional and takes time to explains things to me. I highly recommend him to anyone with business and tax issues.
Posted by Genevieve | January 21, 2015
Knowledgeable in Business and Law
We've worked with Elliot on a number of things. His CPA background, in addition to his law expertise, has been extremely helpful in the cases we've sent him. He's helped us look into customers that have gone bankrupt and owe us money, clients who refuse to pay, submitting demand letters, investigating news in the industry, revising and advising on contract terms, and being open and transparent about pursuing legal suits. He is very personable and easy to communicate with. His responses are timely. He has worked on urgent issues quickly and with detail. We always feel confident in his advice and know that work we turn over to him will be handled professionally and in a trustworthy manner.
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Posted by Michael | January 19, 2015
Excellent Tax & Legal Counsel for Public and Private Organizations
I am currently the vice-president of tax for a multi-national corporation which is publicly traded on the NASDAQ. I have previously served as Director of Tax for another multi-national, public company traded on the NASDAQ, as well as the vice-president of tax for a nearly billion dollar LLC and s-corporation with multi-national operations. Elliot has provided excellent, value-added legal and tax representation to the organizations for which I have worked for a number of years. His work and advice are effective in minimizing legal and tax risk. His character is impeccable, and he is one of the few professionals I have learned that I can trust completely. Elliot is professional and courteous. His services are both effective and efficient, and the outcome of his work has always either met or exceeded expectations. Elliot has provided transactional services, compliance services and assistance, legal representation, risk-management advice, and various other tax and legal services to my employers. I recommend Elliot's legal and tax counsel to both start-up organizations needing to establish their legal and tax structures, as well as to mature organizations needing to establish and maintain effective policies and procedures and tax risk management solutions. Elliot is the best partnership expert with which it has been my privilege to work. His experience and expertise is extremely valuable to partnerships, LLCs, and pass-through organizations. I cannot over stress the importance of designing and implementing these types of organizations correctly, and Elliot's involvement is effective in avoiding the missteps that typically afflict organizations years after the mistakes generally occur.
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Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2015
Living Trust Creation
Elliot did an excellent job setting up our living trust and creating all of the documents needed. Due to situations in our family, our trust had some complicating factors that an out-of-the-box solution would not resolve. Elliot listened carefully to our issues, and was very knowledgeable about what could be done to resolve them. He explained the various choices that we had, as well as the implications of those choices. All of the delays that we saw throughout our process were created by us, not by Elliot. He kept us informed all along the way, and was very responsive to our questions. We were very happy with the results, and happy to have Elliot acting on our side.
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Posted by Rob | January 12, 2015
Review of legal and tax work
I have worked with Elliot for over four years and have found him to be a great resource for legal and tax advisory services. Not only is he great technically but he is also very easy and enjoyable to work with. I would recommend him without reservation.
Posted by Mana | January 9, 2015
Living Trust Review
Elliot helped us with a living trust and was very responsive to our needs. He spoke to my family member as if it was his own and in very understandable terms. I would strongly reccomend Elliot and greatly appreciate all of his efforts. He went out of his way for us and gave 110% to make the outcome of a sticky situation into wonderful experience. Thank you Elliot.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney - Equity Member
  • Pearson Butler, PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Managing Member
  • Elliot P. Smith, PLLC
  • 2011 - 2016
  • Federal Tax Manager
  • KPMG
  • 2006 - 2011


  • Columbia University
  • Professional Certificate
  • 2017
  • Southern Utah University
  • MS - Master of Science
  • 2015
  • Brigham Young University
  • MA - Masters
  • 2006
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Brigham Young University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2003
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  • WealthCounsel
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Utah State Bar
  • Attorney Member
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Utah Legal Elite (Tax, Estate Planning)
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2021
  • Legal Elite (Tax)
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2020
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2018


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Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Business Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have no reservations whatsoever endorsing Elliot. And as a result I send any of my clients with business, estate planning, and related needs to him. He is intelligent, diligent, creative, and highly efficient. His clients are fortunate to have him."
Business Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Elliot is an exceptionally talented attorney. Not only does he have a wealth of knowledge from both his financial and legal backgrounds, but he is able to easily connect with clients so as to effectively communicate. I have worked with him on multiple issues and have always been highly impressed with his highly-technical knowledge of the law and his ability to think creatively to find solutions to issues. Elliot is a problem-solver. I emphatically endorse him for any and all business or estate planning needs."
Business Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Elliot as a great attorney. He is very knowledgeable, skilled, meticulous, and cares a lot about those he represents. I don't know of any other attorney that will devote as much thought, attention, and effort to your issue as Elliot does. He is a great guy, and a great attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Elliot is knowledgeable and works hard for his clients."
Tax Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Elliot is a knowledgeable, bright, hard-working attorney. His background and experience in tax, estate planning and business are invaluable to his clients. Elliot is also friendly, pleasant person to be around."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Elliot in the same office. Elliot is a fantastic estate planning lawyer. He is always thinking about his clients and how to serve them better. He watches changing legal, business, and tax conditions, and considers how they affect his clients. His work is very particular to every client -- he is not a boilerplate lawyer. I would recommend my family to him for their estate plan."
Business Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Elliot is an entrepreneur at heart and understands the ups and downs of starting and growing a company. He has a fine tuned business sense and can ably handle complex transactions. He's a wonderful, and seemingly rare, combination of attorney and CPA who is capable of understanding and analyzing the most intricate legal/business problems while also being a great people person. If I need to talk with someone about business, tax, or other legal issues, Elliot is at the very top of my list."
Tax Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Elliot has exceptional knowledge of tax laws. His experience as both an attorney and certified public accountant provide him with a unique perspective that very few lawyers possess. He provided litigation support for one of my large lawsuits and was instrumental in recognizing important details that might have otherwise gone unrecognized. I highly recommend him."
Tax Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Elliot worked for years at a Big Four international accounting firm, which results in valuable experience that most lawyers don't have. He is an extremely competent and knowledgeable attorney."
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