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Practice Areas

We take a personal, dedicated approach to representing clients in a variety of legal matters. Whether your legal matter is simple or challenging, we are committed to helping you find an agreeable, effective solution as we help protect you, your business, your assets. In complex matters, SMT attorneys work together, bringing the firm's multiple areas of subject-matter expertise together for the benefit of our clients.

Below are descriptions of our representative practice areas.  Please feel free to contact us to discuss how we can help you or your business.

BusinessBack to Top »

SMT business attorneys assist clients in virtually all types of business matters, transactions and formations. With a core expertise in corporate finance, we offer a full range of transactional and counseling services important to successful companies of all sizes.

  • Asset and Stock Purchases
  • Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Contracts
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporations | LLCs | Partnerships
  • Financings | Private Placements
  • Formations | Dissolutions
  • Mergers | Acquisitions
  • Noncompetition | Nonsolicitation
  • Nonprofits | Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Reorganizations | Recapitalizations
  • Secured Transactions
  • Securities
  • Stock Options | Equity Compensation
  • Succession Planning
  • Tax
  • Tax Exempt Financings
  • Venture Capital

    LitigationBack to Top »

    Working in most areas of civil litigation, SMT litigators help individuals and entities get the best, most economical result, whether pursuing lawsuits to enforce rights, recover damages, resolve disputes, or helping clients defend such claims. We assist clients in the litigation process from preparation through mediation, arbitration, settlement, or trial.

    • Appeals
    • Business
    • Construction
    • Employment
    • Environmental
    • Insurance
    • Intellectual Property
    • Landlord | Tenant
    • Medical Malpractice Defense
    • Noncompetition | Nonsolicitation
    • Personal Injury
    • Products Liability
    • Real Estate | Real Property
    • Technology
    • Trust | Probate | Conservatorship

      Labor & EmploymentBack to Top »

      SMT labor and employment attorneys provide employers and employees preventative and remedial counsel on all aspects of employment law, emphasizing proactive measures which help employers comply with ever-changing federal, state and local laws to avoid unnecessary risk and expense.

      • Discipline
      • Discrimination | Harassment
      • Employee Training
      • Employment Agreements
      • Employment Handbooks and Policies
      • Executive Compensation
      • Labor Unions
      • Proactive Counsel | Risk Management
      • Termination | Severance
      • Unfair Competition
      • Wage and Hour

        Trusts & EstatesBack to Top »

        SMT trusts & estates attorneys help clients achieve their intended legacies for their families and favored charities, creating tax-efficient plans from simple wills and trusts to family limited partnerships, irrevocable grantor trusts, insurance trusts and charitable trusts. We also assist fiduciaries (executors and trustees) with the administration of trusts & estates, and represent clients in mediations, arbitrations, and trials regarding troubled trusts & estates.

        • Conservatorships
        • Estate Planning
        • Family Wealth Preservation
        • Planned Charitable Giving
        • Probate | Trust Administration
        • Succession Planning
        • Tax
        • Wills | Trusts

          Real PropertyBack to Top »

          Serving all sectors of the real estate industry, SMT real property attorneys counsel clients in a wide range of matters, including financing, leasing, title review & insurance, syndications, and land use. Our clients include individuals, developers, owners & management companies, banks & private lenders, wineries, ranchers & agricultural concerns, commercial landlords & tenants, buyers, sellers, trustees & other fiduciaries.

          • Construction
          • Easements and Boundaries
          • Landlord | Tenant
          • Leases
          • Lender | Borrower
          • Purchase | Sale
          • Real Estate
          • Title Insurance

            EnvironmentalBack to Top »

            Water, natural resources, air, waste, contamination, and energy are constant issues in business and in our personal lives. Whether circumstances require litigation, negotiation, administrative proceedings, or merely strategizing, SMT environmental counsel guides our clients through the legal problems presented by environmental issues with a view toward practical, efficient, and real solutions.

            • Land Use
            • Leases
            • Natural Resources
            • Water

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              Intellectual Property & TechnologyBack to Top »

              SMT Intellectual Property and Technology counsel helps clients navigate Bits, Bytes & Intangible Rights including trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets, and the myriad of rights and conflicts arising from the use of computers, software, the internet, telecommunications, and other technology. SMT assists businesses and individuals to identify what can and should be protected as well as exploit the value of these assets

              • Copyright
              • Licensing
              • Technology Law
              • Trade Secrets
              • Trademarks

                InsuranceBack to Top »

                SMT insurance attorneys advise businesses and individuals on insurance coverage for property and liability claims, and maximize insurance recoveries for claims. We assist insureds and insurance brokers in the placement of insurance, negotiation of favorable policy terms, and drafting and negotiation of insurance provisions in contracts. We also represent insureds in litigation of insurance disputes against insurers.

                • Coverage Analysis
                • Bad Faith
                • Contractual Requirements
                • Policy Placement | Negotiation

                  Alternative Dispute ResolutionBack to Top »

                  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) refers to legal proceedings designed to be efficient, economic ways to resolve disputes without going to trial, and we encourage ADR whenever appropriate. Our skilled and experienced litigation attorneys are available to act as advocates in mediations and arbitrations, and some of our attorneys are trained, experienced mediators, arbitrators, Judges Pro Tem, and Discovery Referees.

                  • Arbitration
                  • Discovery Referee | Facilitator
                  • Early Neutral Evaluation
                  • Mediation
                  • Settlement Conference
                  • Special Master
                  • Judge Pro Tem

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