A Founding Partner Devoted to Construction Law and Litigation
Don L. Smith, a Chattanooga native born in 1931, is one of the founding partners at Smith Cashion & Orr, PLC. With a keen focus on construction law and litigation, Mr. Smith brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his practice.
Extensive Education and Naval Service
After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University in 1954, Mr. Smith went on to obtain his Juris Doctor degree from the same institution in 1956. Following his studies, he served as an officer in the United States Naval Reserve from 1956 to 1961, reaching the rank of Commander before retiring from active duty in 1991.
A Distinguished Legal Career
Prior to co-founding Smith Cashion & Orr, PLC in 1998, Mr. Smith was the named partner at the Nashville law firm of Manier, Herod, Hollabaugh & Smith. During his time there, he not only served on the Executive Committee but also held the role of managing partner for both the firm and its construction law section.
Expertise in Alternative Dispute Resolution
One of Mr. Smith’s key areas of focus is alternative dispute resolution. He has been commissioned by the Supreme Court of Tennessee as a Rule 31 Mediator and is a respected member of the Panel of Arbitrators and the National Panel of Construction Mediators for the American Arbitration Association.
Active Involvement and Memberships
Mr. Smith is an esteemed member of several prestigious legal associations, including the Nashville, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations. Within the American Bar Association, he actively participates in the Construction Law Forum. Additionally, he holds membership in the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association and serves as Chairman of the Board for the Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel.
Sharing Knowledge and Insights
Known for his passion for sharing knowledge, Mr. Smith frequently delivers lectures on construction law to various organizations. These include the Tennessee Bar Association, the Nashville Bar Association, the Associated General Contractors, the Associated Builders and Contractors, the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers, the Tennessee Road Builders Association, and the Tennessee Ready Mix Concrete Association. He has also been a guest lecturer on behalf of the Tennessee Department of Transportation, addressing minority business enterprise issues. Furthermore, Mr. Smith has presented numerous construction-related seminars in collaboration with Lorman Education Services and the National Business Institute.
Authorship and Legislative Contributions
Mr. Smith’s expertise extends to the written word as well. He has co-authored several publications on construction law, including Chapter 43 of Fifty-State Construction Lien and Bond Law, published in 1992 by Wiley Law Publications. He has also contributed to “A Practical Guide to Tennessee Construction Law.” In addition, Mr. Smith has drafted numerous Tennessee statutes pertaining to the construction industry.
With his wealth of knowledge and extensive experience, Don Smith is a trusted authority in the field of construction law. To learn more about his practice and the services he provides, visit Garrity Traina.