D. Shane Smith

D. Shane Smith

T: 804.762.6860
M: 804.980.6708
F: 804.977.3296

Mr. Smith focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, business transactions, tax planning, estate planning and estate administration. His guidance is grounded in more than three decades of experience in transactional law, general corporate and business law, business succession planning, estate planning and estate administration.

Mr. Smith frequently advises clients on issues concerning the formation of legal entities, business contracts, employment law matters, the sale and acquisition of businesses, general corporate and securities matters, commercial real estate transactions, franchising, licensing and tax planning. He has represented clients in M&A transactions from $500,000 to $75 million. In addition, his close relationships with clients enable him to assist business owners and their families with complex issues relating to succession planning, and to offer sophisticated estate planning services designed to minimize estate and gift taxes associated with the disposition of family wealth. In this regard, his experience includes representing clients in the planning of and administration of estates and trusts from $100,000 to $150 million, as well as the implementation of estate planning documents such as wills, revocable living trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, grantor retained income trusts and charitable trusts, as well as the resolution of fiduciary and beneficiary disputes.

Mr. Smith’s clients include light manufacturing, chemical, financial advisory, fast casual dining, advertising, real estate development, distribution and retail grocery companies, as well as medical and dental practice groups, law firms, engineering firms, and other professional companies, vineyards and wineries, tax exempt organizations, and individuals and financial institutions serving as executors of estates and trustees of trusts.


  • AV Pre-eminent Peer Review Rated: Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized in Virginia Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite” in the area of taxes, trusts and estate law

Memberships & Activities

  • Member: Virginia State Bar
  • Member: The Florida Bar
  • Member: State Bar of Georgia
  • Member: Richmond Bar Association
  • Member: The Estate Planning Council of Richmond Virginia
  • Law Clerk, U.S. Tax Court, 1983 - 1984
  • Board Member: Metro Richmond YMCA, 2008 - 2014
  • Staff Member: Mercer University Law Review