Lori S. Smith

Chair, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Funds




Lori Smith is chair of the emerging companies & venture capital practice and is an active participant in the firm’s health law and mergers and acquisitions groups. Lori has been a trusted adviser to foreign and domestic companies for over 30 years, ranging from startups to large corporations, including entrepreneurs and angel, venture capital, and private equity investors. She represents public and private companies in the negotiation of mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, equity and debt financings, private placements, strategic alliances, partnerships and joint ventures.

Lori combines her transactional experience with her traditional health care, technology and financial services industry knowledge, and a deep understanding of the nuances of the digital age. She has extensive experience representing companies from formation and growth stage through exit in a wide range of industries, including technology, media and communications, fashion and textiles, financial services, food and beverage, sports, gaming, specialty chemicals, insurance, healthcare and digital health.

Lori earned her J.D., with honors, from Duke University School of Law and her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Rochester.

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Bar Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • J.D., with honors, Duke University School of Law
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Rochester

  • Angel Capital Association; Public Policy Committee Advisory Council 
  • Astia; New York Advisory Board 
  • Duke Global Entrepreneurship Network 
  • ELabNYC Mentor 
  • MIT Enterprise Forum; Board Member, New York Chapter (2002-2017); Member, Global Board


  • The New York Enterprise Report, The Best Accountants and Attorneys for Growing Businesses
  • Chambers USA, New York Leading Lawyer in the Technology Industry
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