Law School

University of Tulsa College of Law

Graduation Year

2008

States Barred

Current City

Fort Worth, Texas

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Business (transactional)
  • Civil Litigation
  • Collections
  • Construction Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Government
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law
  • Labor & Employment
  • Landlord/tenant
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Real Estate
  • Wills, Trusts & Estates

Overview

Solutions-focused, diligent professional with a comprehensive background in management, litigation, and transactional law.
Able to manage multiple projects while working under pressure in fast-paced environments.  Effectively defines, develops and implements targeted action plans to maximize productivity, efficiency, and profitability. Highly versatile; adept at quickly mastering new roles and responsibilities.  Reputation for integrity, perseverance, and work ethic.  Continuously pursues opportunities to learn and takes on challenges for further professional development and growth.
 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE                                                                                                        
 ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL – Perfect Business Services, Inc. (September 2019 – Present)
Provide legal insight and expertise to an international conglomerate with its multi-faceted transactional, governance and litigation needs.  Demonstrate strategic planning and organization skills in proficiently managing case projects from initiation to implementation.  
·         Review and draft contracts related to the design, construction, and business operations of the company; 
·         Provide legal counsel and guidance to officers, executives, and managers on various legal aspects. 
·         Prepare and draft legal documents;
·         Negotiate settlements for legal disputes;
·         Comply with all legal standards and regulations;
·         Provide legal and business input on all aspects of day to day operations of the real estate asset portfolio management, employment law, litigation and risk management, and corporate governance and compliance;
·         Provide review of domestic multimedia advertising and marketing programs;
·         Assist with corporate governance programs, legal reports and other statements of a legal nature;
·         Assist with risk management; direct policies and practice on ongoing risk reduction across the company, efficient liability litigation and claims resolution;
·         Assist with creation, implementation and overseeing corporate and compliance policies;
·         Perform administrative and management functions related to the practice of law
 
ASSOCIATE – Jones Hassett, P.C. – Arlington, TX (November 2018 – September 2019)
Proactively represent clients with corporate transactional and litigation needs. Services provided include contract review and drafting, business entity formation, and representation in litigation before varied tribunals and administrative agencies.  Demonstrate strategic planning and organization skills in proficiently managing case projects from initiation and discovery through court trial, if necessary.  Conduct detailed research and analysis of complex case and statutory law.
·         Reviewing and drafting contracts related to the design, construction, and business operations of corporate clients.
·         Assist corporate clients with Corporate Governance, including organizational matters, filings, shareholder agreements, and drafting internal company policies and procedures. 
·         Apply strong case management and negotiation skills by evaluating cases, designing litigation strategies, defending/conducting depositions and resolving cases through settlement, mediation, arbitration and trials.
·         Provide legal counsel and guidance to officers, executives, and managers on various legal aspects. 
·         Research the law applicable to cases or matters; draft legal documents, pleadings, motions, briefs and opinions.
·         Exhibit leadership and prioritizing abilities in performing a broad range of legal and firm management activities, including developing marketing campaigns, allocating annual budgets and developing financial initiatives.
  
ASSOCIATE – Dunham & Jones Law Firm, P.C. – Harker Heights, TX (June 2017-November 2018)
Proactively represent clients accused of criminal charges through each aspect of their case.  Demonstrate strategic planning and organization skills in proficiently steering case projects from initiation, investigation and discovery through court trial, with a focus on Criminal Law.  
·         Managing the firm’s Central Texas office in Harker Heights with complete autonomy, while maintaining active court dockets in five (5) counties.
·         Apply strong case management and negotiation skills by evaluating cases, designing litigation strategies, defending/conducting depositions and resolving cases through settlement, mediation, arbitration and trials.
 
OWNER - The Law Offices of Nicholas R. Smith, P.C. – Plano, TX (2008-2013; 2015-2018)
Proactively market services to generate client base and steer full-scope servicing, including intake and filings to representation before varied tribunals and administrative agencies.  Demonstrate strategic planning and organization skills in proficiently steering case projects from initiation and discovery through court trial, if necessary.  
·         Reviewing and drafting contracts related to the design, construction, and business operations of corporate clients.
·         Apply strong case management and negotiation skills by evaluating cases, designing litigation strategies, defending/conducting depositions and resolving cases through settlement, mediation, arbitration and trials.
 
EDUCATION                                                                                                                                              
University of Tulsa, College of Law - Tulsa, OK (2008)
  • Juris Doctor 
Washburn University - Topeka, KS (2004)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Management and Marketing, (cum laude)

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