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Russell K Smith

Business Attorney at Salt Lake City, UT

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  • State Years
    Texas - TX 16 years
    Colorado - CO 29 years
    Utah - UT 31 years
    California - CA 31 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2008
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State UT
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found

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Russell K. Smith is a shareholder and chair of Durham Jones & Pinegar's Business & Finance Section. Mr. Smith represents private companies in a broad range of industries and sectors, including venture capital, life sciences, software, internet, real estate, manufacturing, retail, telecommunications and energy (including oil and gas).

Mr. Smith regularly advises start-up and emerging-growth companies from formation through liquidity event in matters including governance, debt and equity financing, equity incentive compensation, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Smith also represents venture capital firms, strategic corporate investors, and angel investors in their investments in start-up companies. Many of his clients are partnership and LLCs for whom he provides sophisticated management, capital strategy, and partnership tax advice.

Mr. Smith has been directly involved with LLC and partnership legislation in California and Utah. Most recently, Mr. Smith played a prominent role drafting and helping to pass Utah’s version of the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The Business Section of the Utah Bar Associate honored Mr. Smith as the 2012-2013 Distinguished Business Law Practitioner of the Year.


Durham Jones & Pinegar
111 E Broadway Ste 900
Salt Lake City, UT, 84111-5235

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AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Durham Jones & Pinegar
  • 2004 - Present


  • Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Brigham Young University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1989


  • Utah State Bar, Business Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Utah State Bar, Business Law Section
  • Officer
  • 2005 - 2009
  • San Diego Venture Group
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2003
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2003
  • State Bar of California, Taxation Section, Young Tax Lawyers Committee
  • Chairman of South Bay Chapter
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 1994 - 1998
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Business Law Practitioner of the Year
  • Utah Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Legal Elite
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • N/A

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Salt Lake City Business Lawyer Russell K Smith
Russell K Smith
Business Attorney
Salt Lake City, UT
Licensed for 31 years