Peter J. Smith

After practicing law at a large firm in Philadelphia for several years, Mr. Smith joined Semanoff Ormsby Greenberg & Torchia, LLC in 1998. His current practice concentrates in the areas of corporate law, business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, contracts, commercial finance, debtor/creditor relations, business disputes, non-profit organizations, real estate, trusts and estates. He counsels clients, large and small, including businesses involved in manufacturing, distribution, marketing, health care, pharmaceutical research, professional services, real estate management and development, construction, retail, e-commerce and technology. In addition, Mr. Smith has experience with start-up ventures, family-owned businesses, limited liability companies and 501(c)(3) public charities.  He also represents individuals and families in estate and business succession planning.

Additionally, for six years Mr. Smith was selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers® as published in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine and Philadelphia Magazine. The attorneys listed in Super Lawyers® are limited to the top 5% of Pennsylvania attorneys practicing in their field.  Mr. Smith has been named a Philadelphia Top Rated Lawyer® as published in the Wall Street Journal and the Legal Intelligencer,  and an Awesome Attorney by Philadelphia Life and Suburban Life magazines.

Mr. Smith just celebrated his 15th year of being rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale Hubbell®. This is the highest possible peer review rating issued by Martindale Hubbell® for both legal ability and ethical standards.

Mr. Smith graduated cum laude from Temple University School of Law in 1991, and magna cum laude from Temple University with a degree in psychology. He has interned for two federal judges; the Honorable Herbert Hutton in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Honorable Joseph Rodriguez in the United States District Court in Camden, New Jersey.

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Smith has taught as an adjunct professor in the Legal Studies Department at Temple University, Fox School of Business. He serves as the President and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Business Network Group, an organization promoting business-to-business referrals in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. He is a member and former director of the Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Smith regularly writes and speaks on business related topics and is active in his community and church in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Recent Articles
CLIENT ALERT: New Tax Reform Act – Last Minute Moves That Will Save You Money!
December 21, 2017

A successful succession: How to create and execute a family business succession plan
Smart Business Magazine, November 2017

Succession planning: The rules are about to change the way family businesses are valued
Smart Business Magazine, October 2016

Phantom stock: How to incentivize key employees
Smart Business Magazine, November 2015

Exiting on top: How to take advantage of the accelerating M&A market
Smart Business Magazine, November 2014

Kick-starting deals: How letters of intent provide a road map for business transactions
Smart Business Magazine, November 2013

Private placements: Capital means JOBS -so things are about to change
Smart Business Magazine, November 2012