Peter G. Smith, the Firm’s Equity Partner, handles Firm legal matters related to economic development. Mr. Smith has a rating of “AV Preeminent” by Lexis Nexis, which is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. He is a recognized expert in municipal law, economic development, zoning and land use and ad valorem taxation and enjoys a statewide reputation. He frequently lectures on land use, economic development, ad valorem taxation, and other municipal matters. Currently, Mr. Smith is City Attorney for the Cities of Richardson, DeSoto, Allen, Farmers Branch and Sachse. He is also general counsel and/or litigation counsel for the appraisal districts in Atascosa, Camp, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Gregg, Hunt, Kaufman, Parker, Red River, Tarrant, Upshur and Williamson counties and the Denton County Transportation Authority.
Mr. Smith is an approved liability defense counsel for the TML Intergovernmental Risk Pool. He has extensive experience in tax abatement, Type A and Type B economic development sales tax incentives, tax increment financing and Chapter 380 agreements and serves as legal counsel for the Firm’s Type A and B development corporation clients.Representative Cases: