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Lindquist & Vennum’s Jeff Smith Receives Raeder Larson Public Service Award

07.24.14

The law firm Lindquist & Vennum LLP pleased to announce that Jeffrey D. Smith, a partner in the firm's financial restructuring and bankruptcy group, has received the prestigious Raeder Larson Public Service Award. This award is presented annually by the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Bankruptcy Section to an individual who has delivered outstanding service through the support and provision of pro bono legal services in the bankruptcy and debtor-creditor areas.

Smith was recognized for his career-long commitment to pro bono service, having provided pro bono legal advice to more than 500 low- and moderate-income individuals through the Volunteer Lawyer’s Network (VLN) since 2008. Smith’s pro bono services have been primarily in the areas of credit, debt collection and adversary proceeding defense. In addition to providing legal advice to individuals at the VLN’s Bankruptcy Advice Clinic, Smith reviews bankruptcy filing and adversary proceeding referrals for the appropriate level of intervention, assists with writing letters to creditors, and was a member of the committee that developed new procedures aimed at decreasing pro se representation in adversary cases.

"I am extremely honored and humbled to be recognized in this manner," stated Smith. "I believe it is important to give back to our community. In doing so, I am able to share my expertise and the time spent is extremely rewarding.”

As a partner in Lindquist’s financial restructuring and bankruptcy group, Smith advises and represents banks, commercial finance companies, private equity funds, business owners, individuals and corporations on all aspects of structuring and negotiating commercial and financial transactions, including asset sales and acquisitions, leases as well as distressed sale transactions, workouts and bankruptcy related matters, including preference and fraudulent transfer litigation.

Smith earned his law degree at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, his M.B.A. in finance at the University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Business, and received his bachelor's degree from Carleton College.

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