Lawyers of Distinction wishes to welcome Frances A. Smith of Arlington, Texas. Ms. Smith is a partner in the Dallas office of Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP. She received her law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.
Ms. Smith regularly represents clients involved in the fast casual dining industry, including the owners and franchisors of more than 500 casual dining restaurants in Chapter 11 reorganizations. She frequently consults with companies and individuals on the best practices for avoiding lawsuits related to debt-collection laws, representing clients in a wide range of industries, including regional and national financial institutions, landlords, real estate developers, equipment lessors, manufacturers and other businesses.
A sought-after expert on bankruptcy and credit matters, Ms. Smith is frequently called on by members of the media for her insightful legal perspectives, including prior interviews with news outlets such as Dallas’s KTVT CBS 11 News, KDFW Fox 4 News, The Dallas Morning News, and others. In 2011, Ms. Smith received the Romina L. Mulloy-Bossio Achievement Award, which is presented annually by the Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas to the state’s top young bankruptcy lawyer. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Honorable John C. Ford American Inns of Court, is a former chair of the bankruptcy section of the Dallas Bar Association and a former president of the DFW Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers.
Frances was named to the “Best Lawyers” in America list, published by US News and World Report, in bankruptcy law in 2018. She also was named to the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” list published by D Magazine in the area of bankruptcy in 2018. She helps clients navigate the bankruptcy process and provides creative solutions for out-of-court restructurings.
Again, congratulations to Ms. Smith for joining Lawyers of Distinction, we are excited to have you as a member!