John Holt Smith
John Holt Smith is engaged in the private practice of law in Los Angeles and Dallas as Smith & Associates. He served as a partner in the Fort Worth, Texas firm of McDonald, Sanders, Ginsburg, Phillips, Maddox & Newkirk engaging significant loan, corporate, securities and real estate transactions from June 1967 to June 1979. In 1979, Mr. Smith was selected from a slate of 67 candidates to serve as Vice President of the United States Trust Company of New York, founded in 1853, and in that capacity opened its office in Beverly Hills. In 1980, Mr. Smith returned to the practice of law ultimately to head the securities department of the Los Angeles firm Bushkin, Gaims, Gaines & Jonas where he represented entertainment industry clients, including Johnny Carson, John Travolta, Neil Simon and Kareem Abdul Jabar. In 1990, he formed the firm Smith & Malmrose in Los Angeles, engaged in corporate and entertainment law including production work on the film, "Mindwalk" based on the novel by Fritjof Capra, starring Sam Waterston, Liv Ullman and John Hurd. During the 1990's, he also served as Director of Broadspot Worldwide Wireless, Inc. and of PetCare Television Network Inc. and as Director of Global Entertainment Holdings, Inc., Olympic Entertainment Group, Inc., and Litfunding Corp. From 2000 to 2006. he was a member of Kelley, Lytton & Vann. In 2006, Mr. Smith formed the firm Smith & Associates which has operated in Los Angeles and Dallas till the present. After law school, Mr. Smith was the briefing attorney for the Honorable Weldon White, Supreme Court of Tennessee. Mr. Smith holds a BA degree in Russian, English and Philosophy, and a Juris Doctorate degree, both from Vanderbilt University.