Gary W. Smith


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Practice Areas

  • Business Formation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Partnership Taxation
  • Business Taxation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Finance
  • Corporate Counsel Services
  • Exit Planning for Business Owners
  • Estate Planning for Business Owners
  • Asset Protection for Business Owners
  • Franchises and Franchising
Mailing Address6302 Fairview Road, Suite 580, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28210
University University of Mississippi, B.A., summa cum laude, 1995; National Merit Scholarship Winner; Holderness Moot Court
Law SchoolUniversity of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, J.D., with honors, 1998; Jessup International Law Moot Court Team; Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition
Admitted1998, North Carolina; 2012, South Carolina; U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina; U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships American Bar Association; North Carolina Bar Association; Mecklenburg County Bar Association; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
BornMemphis, Tennessee, March 10, 1973

Super Lawyers Rising Star 2012. The Order of Barristers. Member of Winning Team for the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition. Publications & Presentations: "The Business Owner's Pathway™ to Maximizing and Preserving Business and Personal Wealth," Level 7 Un-Networking™ for the Business Owner (2012); "Bob Businessman's Bad Day": Survival Training for Business Owners, Wake Forest (2012); "The Business Owner's Pathway™ to Maximizing and Preserving Your Business and Personal Wealth," A Four Part Series, Elon University Love School of Business (2010); "The Importance of Exit Planning for Maximizing the Value of a Business and the Business Owner's Flexibility as to Exit Strategy Chosen," Wachovia Bank (2009); "How to Move Offshore Without Drowning: A Presentation Outline for Those Heading Out to Sea, A Review of Offshore Business Strategies," Association of Corporate Counsel (2009); "Creating and Preserving Business and Personal Wealth," Regions Bank (2009); "You've Got Mail! A Review of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Other Collection Issues," Association of Corporate Counsel (2009). Monthly LegalBiz News Briefs Article in Greater Charlotte Biz magazine (2009-2011); "Annual Ethics Update," Metrolina Paralegals Association (2007 and 2008); "Succession and Exit Planning Breakout Session for Business Owners," The Entrepreneurship Institute (2006); "Commercial Real Estate: Did You Know That 'Planning' and 'Real Estate' CAN Be Used In The Same Sentence?, Structural and Tax Considerations for Real Estate Entities," with Garth Dunklin and Andrew McCullough, WNHP CPA Seminar (2004); "How Do You Retire When You're the Boss? Planning Your Exit From a Closely Held Business," with Robert Norris, Breakfast Club of America (2004); "Strategic Thinking - Working on the Business, Not In It," Business Success Institute - Matthews (2004); "Shareholders' Agreements," WNHP Client Seminar (2003); "Succession Strategies: Planning Your Exit from a Closely Held Business," Carolina Construction Alliance (2003); "You Stuck Your What Where? Transferring Real Estate from 'C' Corporation," WNHP CPA Seminar (2002); "Go On, Take the Money and Run: Securities Risks that Accountants and other Financial Professionals Shouldn't Take," WNHP CPA Seminar (2001). "Conversions and Cross Entity Mergers: Tax and Legal Issues," WNHP CPA Seminar (2000).

Transactions Represented fourth generation $150 million revenue family business with multiple business subsidiaries in transition to second generation of outside management and fifth generation of family owners; Assisted founders of retail business products company in transition to key employees and ultimate exit from business; Represented founders of industrial services business in transition to second generation of family owners; Represented third generation family owners of $100 million manufacturing and distribution business in transition from second generation of owners; Developed strategy to enable retirement of current retail business owners and entry of employees as new owners; Represented sellers of business services company, manufacturing company, packaging company, insurance agency, alloy manufacturer, event planning and consulting company and distribution company; Assisted in corporate restructuring and tax planning for $600 million revenue company in the Southeastern United States; Represented buyer with $35 million revenue in acquisitions and growth throughout Southeastern United States; Represented technology company in strategic and tactical planning for organic growth and acquisition growth; Assisted with overall financial restructuring of commercial services company; Assisted in financial work out strategy for real estate developer; Created tax and entity structure in acquisition, development and financing of mixed use real estate development; Assisted in creation and operation of energy purchasing cooperative; Represented business owners in asset preservation strategies; Represented $1 billion revenue company in multinational reorganization; Represented founders of business in organization of business, obtaining broker-dealer securities licenses and initial financing; Assisted in formation of non-profit organization and obtaining 501(c)(3) status; Founded and organized private foundation.

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Gary W. Smith

6302 Fairview Road, Suite 580
CharlotteNC 28210


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