James W. Smith

James W. Smith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Mergers & Acquisitions Attorney in Rogers, AR

Smith Hurst, PLC
 | 5100 West JB Hunt Drive, Suite 900
Rogers, AR 72758
Phone: 479-301-2444
Fax: 479-301-2449
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (30%),
  • Business/Corporate (30%),
  • Securities & Corporate Finance (30%),
  • Tax: Business (10%)
Attorney Profile

James W. Smith founded the business, transactional, entrepreneurial services and asset protection planning law firm Smith Hurst, PLC with Rebecca Hurst in August 2011.  Prior to his work with Smith Hurst, PLC, Mr. Smith practiced law for over sixteen years in the Mergers and Acquisitions practice group of the largest Arkansas based law firm. Since the mid-1990s, Mr. Smith has served as lead counsel on several of the largest and most well-known business transactions and financings in the State of Arkansas.

Mr. Smith obtained his Masters of Law in Taxation degree (LL.M.) from New York University School of Law and graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas School of Law where he was a member of the Arkansas Law Review.  He is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant (registered inactive).  Mr. Smith currently serves on the Executive Committee of the University of Arkansas Technology Development Foundation which is responsible for managing and operating the Arkansas Research and Technology Park.  Mr. Smith has served on the Executive Committee of and as the co-chairman of the Arkansas Venture Capital Forum and as the chairman of the Tax Section of the Arkansas Bar Association.  In addition to his law practice, Mr. Smith serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he teaches the Law of Mergers & Acquisitions.

About James Smith

Admitted: 1994, Arkansas

Professional Webpage: http://www.smithhurst.com/attorney/james-w-smith

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Public Accountant (registered inactive), 1994

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Mr. Smith is the author of Campbell v. Commissioner: The Eighth Circuit Adds Uncertainty to the Tax Treatment Regarding the Receipt of a Profits-Only Partnership Interest in Exchange for Services, 61 Tax Notes 11, December 13, 1993, and is the co-author of Debt Cancellation Contracts: A Forgotten Asset, 112 The Banking Law Journal 9, 918, October, 1995.


  • Representation of Rockfish Interactive, Inc., a digital and social media technology and innovation company in its sale to an affiliate of WPP, PLC, an international company, publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange
  • Representation of Southwind Hospitality Holdings, LLC, in its acquisition of the Cosmopolitan Hotel, a 15-story hotel in Fayetteville, Arkansas now operating as the Chancellor Hotel, through the use of New Market Tax Credits
  • Representation of Celebrate Publishing Group, LLC, an Austin, Texas investor group led by Brian Henley, in its acquisition of Celebrate Publishing Group, a media, magazine and event company and owner and publisher of Celebrate Arkansas magazine baesd in Rogers, Arkansas
  • Representation of Kent Dobbs Hyundai and Hyundai of Bentonville in their sales to Crain Automotive in its expansion into the Northwest Arkansas market
  • Representation of Field Agent, Inc. in its investment by Five Elms Capital, LLC, a venture capital group out of Kansas City, Missouri
  • Representation of Acumen Brands, Inc. in its $83 million Series C investment round led by General Atlantic, which is the largest private equity investment within the State of Arkansas

Industry Groups

  • Business
  • Corporate
  • Entrepreneurial Law
  • Finance
  • Health Care
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Taxation
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Office Location for James W. Smith

5100 West JB Hunt Drive
Suite 900
Rogers, AR 72758

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Last Updated: 6/24/2019

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