Attorneys

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Daniel D. Smith, Esq.

Partner

An expert in the fields of tax, trust and estate planning, probate, trust and estate litigation, and general business and corporate law,  Dan Smith received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School and his undergraduate degree from Indiana University at Bloomington.

He has published extensively in legal journals in his areas of specialization. Recently, with his wife, Amy Smith, a financial advisor, he has undertaken a local newspaper column dedicated to "Planning for Life."

The well-received column prompted fellow Leesburg attorney Peter Burnett of Burnett & Williams to write:

I was delighted to open Purcellville’s Blue Ridge Leader  and see the article by our friend and colleague, Leesburg attorney Dan Smith of Smith & Pugh. Dan is a wills and estates specialist with decades of experience. His article on powers of attorney was written with the knowledge of one who has been in the trenches and knows the subject matter inside and out. My delight …came from seeing a fellow lawyer demonstrate his commitment to his community by taking the time to clearly explain a subject that affects almost all of us sooner or later.  More lawyers should take the time to make the legal concerns that impact us all more approachable.

Commitment to community, local and global, informs every area of Dan Smith's personal and professional life. From his service as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps to his co-founding of Prison Fellowship, from a pivotal role in the establishment of the George Mason University School of Law to his service as founding trustee and chairman of Loudoun Healthcare Foundation, Dan Smith has made others' well being his mission.

He is a member of the bars of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. His bar admissions include the U.S. Supreme Court, the Virginia Supreme Court, and U.S. Tax Court.

Mr. Smith lives in Loudoun County, Virginia, with his wife, Amy. He has five children and 12 grandchildren. His recreational interests include running, golf, and bird hunting.

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W. Franklin Pugh, Esq.

Partner

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Frank Pugh has practiced law in Northern Virginia since 1985. He earned his law degree from the George Mason University School of Law that year; he was awarded his undergraduate degree from Oral Roberts University in 1982. Frank Pugh has concentrated his areas of practice on estate planning, as well as estate and trust administration. He also works with general business clients and guardianships for incapacitated adults. A member of the Virginia State Bar and the Loudoun County Bar Association. he also serves as a Commissioner in Chancery for the Circuit Court of Loudoun County.

Mr. Pugh is a native of Smyth County, Virginia; today he lives in Leesburg with his wife, Kathryn, and they have four children. Active in the community, he is an elder at Potomac Hills Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Leesburg and has coached youth baseball and been involved with youth speech and debate programs.

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Matthew L. Clark, Esq.

ASSOCIATE

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Matthew Clark is an experienced litigator and transactional attorney who assists individuals and businesses with cases and matters involving business law and general corporate matters, trusts, estates and contracts.  Matthew has handled a diverse array of challenging and complicated matters involving corporate dissolutions, the shareholder derivative statutes, trust litigation, the vacation and enforcement of judgments, breaches of contract, domestic relations and complex fraud disputes.  Matthew is admitted to practice in Virginia and New York. 

Matthew is familiar with civil motions practice in the state courts of northern Virginia and has in-depth knowledge of Virginia laws governing fiduciary duties, corporate governance, stock corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and trusts.  Matthew prides himself on being a strong advocate for his clients and on maintaining a high level of professionalism and client service at all times. 

Before joining Smith & Pugh, Matthew was a member of the litigation practice group at Howard, Morrison, Ross and Whelan in Warrenton, Virginia.  Prior to that, he was in corporate practice at the international law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York, New York, where he assisted and advised financial institutions, private equity funds and large corporations with matters involving the federal securities laws, financial regulations, and mergers and acquisitions.  Matthew began his legal career in 2009 by completing a two-year term as a law clerk to the Honorable Irene M. Keeley, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia. 

Matthew received his Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison University in 2006 and his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law in 2009. As a law student, Matthew served on the staff of the West Virginia Law Review and graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif (top 10% of his class).

Matthew is a native of Loudoun County and a graduate of Loudoun Valley High School.  He and his wife Alessandra reside in Hamilton with their son and French Bulldog.  Matthew is active in his community through his service on the Hamilton Town Council and involvement as a parishioner at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Purcellville.  In Addition, Matthew Serves as General Counsel on a pro bono basis for local Non-Profit Hero Homes, Inc. Recently, Matthew served as a volunteer for the Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law Program (an educational program for high school students that is annually organized by members of the bar in Loudoun and Fauquier Counties).  In his free time, Matthew enjoys playing soccer, following professional sports, traveling and visiting museums and historic sites.  His email address is mlc@smithpugh.com.

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