Smith Hurst, PLC is a leading regional business and private wealth law firm based in the Northwest Arkansas region including Fayetteville, Rogers and Bentonville. Northwest Arkansas is one of the fastest growing areas of the United States and home to some of the world’s leaders in business, including the retail and consumer packaged goods industry, the transportation and logistics industry and the poultry industry. The foundation of our firm is a cohesive team of lawyers who share an attitude of excellence in serving our friends and clients, helping them achieve their business and personal goals and working to solve their most important, and often times most sensitive, problems. We are experienced thought leaders in our areas of practice and are routinely called on by businesses and individuals to represent them in some of their most important business law based and transactional matters and wealth planning and preservation matters.
We are a Tier 1 Law Firm in the fields of Tax Law and Trusts and Estates Law as rated by Best Law Firms in America. Such highly touted publications as Best Lawyers in America, Chambers & Partners USA and Mid-South Super Lawyers have recognized members of our firm as leaders in the legal fields of mergers and acquisitions, securities, commercial and corporate law, tax and trusts and estates. On a more local level, we are proud to have been recognized by the members of our community as the 2012 recipient of Start-Up Business of the Year and the 2014 recipient of Small Business of the Year by the City of Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce .
We focus intently on the legal needs of, and issues that confront, entrepreneurs and their businesses, professional service providers, executives and wealthy individuals and families. Our suite of legal practice areas crosses a diverse field and routinely includes entrepreneurial, business and corporate based law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, tax, intellectual property, asset protection and estate planning representation and counseling. More specifically, our core competencies lie in company formation and capital raising, operational, transactional and planning matters including entrepreneurial services, contracts (including ordinary course of business contracts, employment and consulting agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, covenants not to compete, lease agreements and distribution and sales agreements), business choice of entity, entity governance (including advising Boards of Directors, senior management and controlling shareholders), entity course of business and taxation matters, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity financings, real estate acquisition and development, banking and securities regulatory matters, trusts and estates, wealth preservation and asset protection, charitable planning and tax exempt and non-profit organizations.
We are comprised of seasoned transactional lawyers, asset protection and estate planners who are focused in their practice and have the knowledge, experience, capability and personal network to deliver “best of class” service to our clients. Our clients routinely include large international and national companies, regional companies, state and local entities, ambulatory surgical facilities and other health care providers, financial institutions, regional and local real estate developers, professional service providers, executives of publicly traded and privately held companies, family offices and other high net worth individuals and families. We also routinely serve as local legal counsel on multistate transactions based out of state but involving Arkansas laws or properties.
A substantial facet of our practice is also devoted to advising and counseling entrepreneurs of all stages of experience in the creation and operation of new, innovative and disruptive business enterprises which are playing a significant role in the resurgence of the American economy of today. We are pleased to be meaningfully involved in the representation of emerging companies in the areas of e-commerce, social and digital media, biotechnology and medical technology and devices, retail and consumer packaged goods, mobile applications, software and interpretative data, food technology and power generation, just to name a few.
We pride ourselves in being viewed by many of our clients and friends as their close and trusted confidant and ultimate legal and professional resource for their business, wealth and personal planning matters. We are willing and able to work in association with the best legal, business and financial advisors in order to meet our clients’ needs, as we routinely serve as a facilitator between our clients and some of the most respected companies, financial institutions, professionals and resources in the nation and internationally. We do not practice litigation, but instead, have developed close relationships with several of the region’s and nation’s finest litigators which affords us the opportunity to have an unbiased and objective ability to hire and retain premier litigators to represent our clients in the unsavoriness that is litigation. We serve as our clients’ liaison to their litigator and strive to limit the clients’ involvement with the litigious event. We believe that our history and experience supports the success of our efforts.
Our fundamental philosophy for providing business, transactional, planning and wealth preservation legal services is to develop a complete understanding of our client and our client’s goals in order to make informed decisions and provide comprehensive analysis, recommendations and counsel in a timely and efficient manner. This philosophy is shared by every member of our firm, whether a founding partner or our newest staff member. We know that the demands of our clients often require urgent counsel, and we have earned the reputation of consistently being able to provide prompt and efficient timely services. We also know that when a client calls his or her lawyer it is a very important matter to the client and is deserving of our full attention and respect. We strive to be efficient, responsible and effective and deliver services to our clients in a timely and professional manner. We seek to obtain the trust and respect of each client which we recognize is earned not given.