Who I Am

I’m Dan Smith, a tax, healthcare, business and intellectual property lawyer.

I grew up in Jackson, Tennessee, and attended public schools there.

I graduated from Vanderbilt University with a double major in French and English. I considered going to graduate school to pursue a post-graduate degree in French, but I ultimately decided to attend law school instead.

I graduated from Vanderbilt Law School and immediately began practicing law at a Nashville law firm. Over the years and prior to my founding of DPS Legal Counsel, I practiced in two large law firms, two small law firms, and as in-house attorney for a real estate development company.

In 1990, my wife and I moved to New York City, where I attended New York University School of Law and obtained a Masters in Law degree (LL.M) in taxation. We loved living in New York, and if we get a chance to talk, I would be glad to tell you all about our favorite restaurants and some of our best memories from our time there.

I focus my practice on serving the unique tax and business law needs facing small business owners and healthcare practices.


I graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University, where I was a member of The Phi Beta Kappa Society. I obtained my law degree from Vanderbilt University’s School of Law, whereI was an associate editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. In addition, I have an LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Taxation from New York University.

I am admitted to practice law in Tennessee. I am also admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee, the United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, and the United States Tax Court.

I am a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and also a Fellow in the Nashville Bar Foundation. I am a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.

I have received an AV®Preeminent™ peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

What motivates me and makes my legal practice tick?



Serving the tax and business legal needs of small businesses and heath professionals.

That’s what.

Would you like to discuss you specific situation? Let’s talk.

If you’re a small business owner or a self-employed individual, and you have a question about how I can help you with your tax matter, just click on the button below to the right to schedule a no-cost 30 minute appointment to talk to me.

You’ll have the option to choose to talk by telephone, over a Zoom conference, or to have an in-person meeting at my office.


Just have a quick question? You can call me at (615) 467-6380.

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1616 Westgate Circle, Brentwood, Tennessee 37027 | Middle Tennessee Office

273 N. Highland Avenue, Jackson, Tennessee 38301 | West Tennessee Office (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)

(615) 467-6380 | Middle Tennessee Office