James E. Smith
received his B.A. degree from Hendrix College and following service in the United States Marine Corps, as platoon leader and company commander, he obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Mr. Smith was a law clerk to the Honorable Arnold M. Adams, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas. His practice areas include bankruptcy, insolvency, business reorganization, construction law, and general business litigation.
In addition to his membership in the American Bar Association’s Business Section, Business Bankruptcy Committee, Limited Liability Company, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities Committee, and Forum on the Construction Industry, he has served as a presidential appointee to the Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs. He is also active in the Arkansas Bar Association where he has chaired the Lawyers Helping Lawyers Committee and is a former member of the Arkansas Supreme Court Lawyer Assistance Program Committee, is chair of the Arkansas Lawyer Assistance Program Foundation, a member of the Construction Law Section and a Fellow of the Arkansas Bar Foundation. He is a frequent speaker on business insolvency and reorganization. Mr. Smith is active in a variety of civic endeavors including service on the boards of the Arkansas Sheriffs Ranch, and the Six Bridges Regatta.