Location: Marblehead, Massachusetts, United States
Philip Jones Smith has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in corporate law.
Mr. Smith joined Ropes & Gray as an associate in 1967, focusing his practice in leveraged buy-out and private equity transactions including the debt and equity components of these matters. He remained at the firm throughout the entirety of his career, attaining partner status in 1976, senior counsel status in 2008 and of counsel status in 2010. He retired from the firm in 2007. While at the firm, he expanded his practice areas to acquisitions and public and private preferred stock financings, structuring syndicated bank credits, leveraged leases, mezzanine capital transactions, and high-yield debt. Mr. Smith’s areas of focus also included acquisitions and financing in the manufacturing, distribution, leasing, motion picture and entertainment industries. In addition, he lectured at Boston University from 1984 to 1998.
Mr. Smith knew he wanted to go to law school from the time he was 12 years old. He initially thought that law would transition him into the business world, but he remained in law. He earned a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Williams College in 1963 and continued to receive an LLB from the University of Virginia in 1966. In 1967, he was admitted to the Massachusetts State Bar. Outside of his accomplishments in law, he is most proud of establishing the Keewaydin Foundation and a girl’s camp. Growing up, Mr. Smith attended the Keewaydin Camp and found that it had provided him many of the skills he would later in his successful career. As an adult, he learned the camp was going to be sold. Forming a group, Mr. Smith was able to turn the camp into a charitable organization where it continues to serve as a place where boys and girls can learn outdoor skills.
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