James A. Smith

Partner - Boston

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Jim Smith's business law practice has a strong international focus. His geographic emphasis is in the Southern Hemisphere, but his client representations are global in scope. For example, his extensive experience in international forestry includes advising on the acquisition and disposition of sustainable plantation forests and related businesses in Australasia (New Zealand and  Australia), South America (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay), Central America, Africa and Europe. Jim also advises businesses on the governance and conduct of off-shore operations, and counsels international and domestic institutional clients on acquisitions, joint ventures and long-term supply chain agreements.

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  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1981
  • Drake University, M.P.A., 1978
  • Drake University, B.A. in Chemistry, summa cum laude, 1977


  • FLR1000, Notable Practitioner (2019)


  • American Bar Association Legal Opinions Committee 
  • Boston Bar Association Legal Opinion Committee (Former Chair) 
  • International Bar Association 
  • Planning Board, Town of Concord, Massachusetts (1985 - 1991) 
  • Finance Committee, Town of Concord, Massachusetts (1991 - 1995) 
  • Governing Board, First Parish in Concord (1995 - 1999) 
  • Public Works Commissioner, Town of Concord, Massachusetts (2006- Present)
  • Regularly lectures on topics concerning legal opinions practice
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