CFK Board Treasurer
Attorney, Smith Hurst, PLC
Prior to co-founding Smith Hurst, Jim practiced law for nearly two decades with the largest Arkansas-based law firm, where he was a partner in its Mergers and Acquisitions practice group. He is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant (registered inactive). In 2013, Mid-South Super Lawyers named him one of the top fifty lawyers in Arkansas.
Jim's practice experience is extensive and spans the full range of business advisory and transactional law. He routinely counsels companies across diverse industries in a myriad of business matters including company formative matters and capital raising, advising Boards of Directors, senior management, executives, and controlling shareholders regarding governance and fiduciary duty matters, compliance with regulatory obligations, ordinary course of business contracts, executive compensation and compensatory plans, financial and lending matters (including private placement of securities), venture capital, private equity and commercial lending matters, taxation, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate-related matters. A meaningful part of his practice is also devoted to the representation of angel investors, private equity investors, and venture capital firms in making investments in business enterprises.
Since 2007, Jim has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America™ in its list of the best lawyers in Arkansas in the field of Mergers and Acquisitions. During this time period he has also been recognized in Chambers & Partners USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading lawyer in the fields of securities and corporate law. In referring to his high-level practice and commitment to the needs of his clients, that highly acclaimed research-based directory writes of him, “James Smith focuses primarily on M&A and is described as a great lawyer by market sources.” It has also stated that “in advising clients in the area of M&A, corporate tax and securities regulation he has been referred to as ‘bright, capable and good with clients,’ ‘diligent,’ ‘great to work with,’ and that he is a ‘prominent figure in Northwest Arkansas and has led a number of the large business transactions at a first-class level.’”