Mr. Smith is a founding member of Smith & O’Toole, PLLC. Mr. Smith has been an attorney since November 1998 and is a member of the state bars of both Michigan and Kentucky. Mr. Smith is also admitted in multiple federal district courts throughout the country.
Mr. Smith is an experienced business counselor and creative problem solver with more than 16 years as an attorney, including six years serving as general counsel, corporate executive and business advisor for a group of privately held companies in the Manufacturing, Metals, Plastics, Retail, Aerospace, Automotive and Aftermarket industries.
Developed acquisition strategy and served as lead transaction attorney in building a manufacturing conglomerate consisting of forty three distinct entities, spanning seven countries and three continents during the height of the global recession beginning in 2008, resulting in a conglomerate with over Eight Hundred Million Dollars in annual gross sales by 2011.
Established, developed and nurtured relationships with multiple sources of funding including, but not limited to, equity investors, bank officers and investment bankers. Provided leadership and strategic vision to corporate executives in acquiring entities, financing acquisitions, refinancing ongoing operations and maintaining compliance across a broad spectrum of regulatory agencies, laws and countries.
Mr. Smith is well versed in transactional documentation for acquisitions, divestitures and financings and has extensive experience with debtor and creditor law issues arising from the acquisition and operation of distressed entities, including bankruptcy issues relative to sales and acquisitions conducted under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, the defense of collection matters, the development of business friendly settlements with suppliers, and the execution of forbearance agreements and other accommodations with banks and lenders.
During his first ten years as an attorney, Mr. Smith gained a great deal of knowledge and practical experience in transactions and debtor/creditor matters as well as several other diverse areas of law including litigation and real property transactions.