Dennis D. Smith

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Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Dennis D. Smith is the chairman of Tripp Scott.  A skilled negotiator with extensive experience handling  complex financing transactions  and corporate matters,  he  assists corporate clients with a full range of legal services, from mergers and acquisitions to estate planning.   He previously served as the firm's president.

Smith is  a devoted community leader who served as chairman of both the Lighthouse Planning and Zoning Board for 20 years and the Urban League of Broward County.   In addition,   he  is  a member  of  and previously  served  as president  of  the  Executives' Association of Fort Lauderdale,  is a member of the board, chair of the Business Advocacy Committee,  and an executive committee  member  of  the  Broward  Workshop,   and  he  serves on the  boards  of the Regional Business Alliance and the FAU Broward Advisory Council and was on the board  of  Pine  Crest  School, where  he  was  previously  Board  of  Trustees  chairman. Additionally,  he is founder of the South Florida Buy Recycled Expo,  which helped raise public awareness of environmental issues.

The South Florida Business Journal recognized Smith as one of the region's best lawyers. In addition, the city of Lighthouse Point named him a true "Keeper" and Children's Home Society's Intracoastal  division named  Smith  and his  wife, Pat,  as  its  "Celebrate  the Century" honorees in 1999.

Smith holds an LL.M. in taxation from the University of Miami School of Law, a law degree from Villanova University and a bachelor's  degree in finance from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Finance and Commerce.


  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania B.S.

    Major:  Finance

  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania J.D.

    Law Review: Villanova Law Review, Member

  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida

    LL.M. Taxation

Honors & Awards

  • Light House Point Keeper 2004
  • Named with his Wife Pat as Celebrate the Century Honorees, Children's Home Society's Intracoastal Division 1999
  • Recognized as One of the Region's Best Lawyers, The South Florida Business Journal

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Urban League of Broward County- Board Member (Chairman 2005-2007)
  • Pine Crest Preparatory School Board Member,- Chairman
  • Executives' Association of Fort Lauderdale- Member, Board of Directors (Past President)
  • Broward Library Foundation- Member, Executive Board
  • Lighthouse Point Planning and Zoning Board- Chairman
  • Lighthouse Point Planning and Zoning Board- Member
  • FAU/Broward County University- Member, Advisory Committee
  • Broward County Dept. of Natural Resource Protection¬†Advisory Board- Member
  • Lighthouse Point Code Enforcement Board- Member
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale Tax Council- Member
  • Florida Bar Association- Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association- Member
  • American Bar Association- Member
  • Broward Workshop- Board of Directors
  • The Florida Bar- Member
  • Florida Atlantic University Foundation- Member of Board

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