Jeff Smith assists companies across a wide range of industries - including manufacturing, healthcare, construction and agriculture - for resolution of their commercial, construction or employment disputes, as well as his advice and counsel on corporate, contractual and employment matters.

Mr. Smith has represented owners, architects, general contractors and sub-contractors in a number of construction disputes involving commercial properties, including convention centers, continuing care retirement communities, nuclear power plants, coal-fired power plants, and nursing homes. In addition, he has represented designers in disputes arising out of design-build highway construction projects.

Employers rely on Mr. Smith to defend them against discrimination claims based on sex, age, race, religion and disability; unfair competition claims, wrongful termination, wage/hour litigation and whistleblower litigation. He also provides proactive counseling on employment issues to management teams and human resources departments, and he has extensive experience drafting employment, severance, confidentiality and non-compete agreements for employers.

Mr. Smith's commercial litigation practice includes the representation of public and private companies in the trial and appellate courts, as well as in arbitrations. He has extensive experience representing clients in dealer termination cases in state and federal court, and he has successfully obtained injunctive relief for clients preventing manufacturers from terminating dealer agreements. (See, Nacco Materials Handling Group, Inc. v. Toyota Materials Handling USA, Inc., 366 F.Supp.2d 597 (W.D. Tenn. 2004.)

Additionally, he provides advice and counsel to schools from formation through operations.


  • University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Mississippi, BBA
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Arkansas
  • Tennessee
Court Admissions
  • All U.S. District Courts in Tennessee
  • Supreme Court of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • American Bar Association Forum on Construction Appellate Practice Committee Commercial and Business Litigation Committee
  • American Health Law Association
  • Leadership Memphis Executive Program, Alumnus, Class of 2011-2012
  • Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce, Board of Advisors, Former Member
  • Michael's Catholic Church, Lector
  • Tennessee Justice Center, Board of Directors, Former Member
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Commercial Litigation, 2021-2024; Construction Law, 2021-2024; Health Care Law, 2023-2024; Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2023-2024
  • Memphis Business Quarterly, Power Player in Employment Law, 2010-2023
  • Tennessee Justice Center, Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, 2011