Rochester NEW YORK

ABOUT Donald A.W Smith

Since he left active duty military service as a JAG officer in 1979 and came to Rochester, Don has provide attentive legal services as a business lawyer and as a litigator. His professional work has earned the highest ranking (“AV”) from Martindale-Hubbell,*the leading national rating organization for the legal ability and ethical conduct.

For start-up businesses, Don forms business entities, such as corporations and LLC’s and prepares agreements among business owners. For existing businesses, Don drafts, analyzes and negotiats a wide variety of agreements, examples of which are:

• Employment and independent contractor agreements

• Non-competition and nondisclosure agreements

• Consulting and sales agreements

• Leases

• Buy-Sell agreements (i.e., asset or stock sales)

As outside counsel to businesses, Don provides advice on day-to-day issues and works with clients to prevent small issues from becoming significant problems.

He also reviews a wide variety of agreements for individuals. He handles business, disputes, breach of contract claims and other commercial claims for his business clients. Don also represents individuals who have claims for personal injuries or who need a trial lawyer to protect their rights.

As well, Don prepare wills and represents investors who lost money in the stock market because of broker negligence or misconduct.

Professional Organizations:

• Monroe County

- Recipient: 2001 President Award

- Chair: Fee Arbitration Committee (1994-1997)

- Public Education Committee (2000-2002)

- Member: Ethics Committee (1990-1991, 1997-2000 and 2003 to present)

- Professional Performance Committee (1991-1992)

- Fee Arbitration Committee (1992-1994)

- Courts & Judiciary Committees (1997-2000)

- Board of Directors, Center for Education (2001-2002)

- Board of Trustees (2002-2004)

• New York State and Florida Bar Associations

• American Bar Association

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Areas of LAW

  • Business

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