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Durham Jones & Pinegar

Russell K. Smith

Russell K. Smith



  • Business
  • Corporate & Partnership Taxation
  • Emerging Companies
  • Energy

WSG Practice Industries


Russell K. Smith is a Shareholder and chair of the firm’s Business & Finance Section. He principally has represented start-up and emerging growth companies, as well as venture capital funds since 1992. Mr. Smith has been directly involved with LLC and partnership legislation in California and Utah. Many of his clients are partnership and LLCs for whom he provides sophisticated management, capital strategy, and partnership tax advice. Mr. Smith has represented clients in a range of industries and sectors, including venture capital, life sciences, software, internet, real estate, manufacturing, retail, telecommunications and energy (including oil and gas).

Bar Admissions



Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School - J.D., cum laude (1992)

Member, Moot Court Board
Member, Brigham Young University Journal of Law and Education
Brigham Young University - B.S., Business Finance, cum laude (1989)
Areas of Practice

Business | Corporate & Partnership Taxation | Emerging Companies | Energy | Finance | Mergers & Acquisitions | Partnership and Limited Liability Company Law | Private Equity Funds | Securities Law | Venture Capital

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Chair, Business Section, Utah State Bar (2008-2009); Officer (2005-present)
Member, San Diego Venture Group (2001-2003)
Member, San Diego County Bar Association (2001-2003)
Chairman, Young Tax Lawyers Committee - South Bay Chapter (1996-1997)
Member, California State Bar Tax Section Pass-Through and Real Estate Committee (1996-1997)
Executive Committee, Tax Section, Santa Clara County Bar Association (1994-1998)
Member, Santa Clara County Bar Association (1992-2001)

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association

WSG's members are independent firms and are not affiliated in the joint practice of professional services. Each member exercises its own individual judgments on all client matters.

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