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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Jonathan A. Nelson, Esq.

ASSOCIATE

Jonathan A. Nelson has practiced law in Northern Virginia since 2007. A skilled litigator, Mr. Nelson handles business, employment, contract, property, and estate matters.  From drafting, negotiation, and informal conflict resolution to administrative proceedings, trial, and appeals, Mr. Nelson utilizes his courtroom experience and legal expertise to anticipate future advantages and avoid costly missteps for his clients.

Mr. Nelson received his B.A. in Government and Public Policy from Patrick Henry College in 2004 and his law degree from The George Washington University School of Law in 2007. While in law school, Mr. Nelson competed in moot court and alternative dispute resolution and participated in mock trial and negotiations.  

Before joining Smith & Pugh, Mr. Nelson was an associate at Cuccinelli & Day (now Juris Day) for 11 years. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the bars of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Nelson is a Deacon at Potomac Hills Presbyterian Church, and involved in youth sports and his local bar association. He lives in Leesburg with his wife and two children.

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