Terrence Smith Attorney Profile on UpCounsel
Terrence  Smith

Terrence Smith

General Counsel to Emerging and Established Companies

San Francisco
California
Licensed in
CA
Georgetown University Law Center
5.0 5
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About
Terry began his career as a Corporate & Securities attorney with Cooley LLP, a 900 attorney top 30 law firm, and has subsequently been involved in numerous start-up company financings, commercial contract negotiations, and general corporate legal matters. He has worked as the General Counsel for a 130 employee firm, and also worked as a contract negotiator for Bank of America, assigned to its Fortune 100 clients. He holds B.B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of San Diego, and an LL.M., with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center. In his spare time, Terry is obsessed with cars, including high performance driving, and can… read more be found at any car enthusiast event he can find!
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5.0
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines
out of 2 reviews
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines

"We hired Terry to plan our business, and make sure all of the document were "big firm" quality, and to make sure our prospective investors had confidence in our venture. We received his big firm training, but for a fraction of the total cost. Highly recommended, and we'll be using him for general counsel work as well."

Corporate formation and equity vesting
Posted on Nov 28, 2017
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines

"Terry is a very astute lawyer, but the most striking aspect is his ability to laser focus on what matters, and not get bogged down in academic detail. He gets deals done. R. Brady, CEO, BRADY"

Commercial Contract Review
Posted on Nov 28, 2017

Work History

BRADY

General Counsel

Sep 2012 - Present

Negotiate myriad commercial agreements including JV agreements; procurement agreements, including offshore vendor agreements; intellectual property agreements; financing, loan, and lease agreements; and provide general corporate law, general employment law, and regulatory advice and counsel. Led divestiture of construction unit and sale of $6.25M commercial office building.

Sep 2012 - Present

Venture Strategy Law Group

Principal

Jun 2005 - Present

Venture Strategy Law Group is a boutique business law firm providing strategic legal counsel to entrepreneurs and emerging companies, including early stage start-ups, their executives, and investors. I also act as comprehensive general corporate counsel to select emerging companies, ranging from pre-revenue to several millions in revenue.

Jun 2005 - Present

Bank of America

Contract Negotiator

Aug 2008 - Sep 2012

Negotiated hundreds of complex treasury services agreements, and related procurement agreements, with counsel to and division management of global Fortune 500 companies, spanning the full range of treasury services.
Advised Legal, Risk, Compliance, Operations, Sales and other business unit groups within Bank of America.

Aug 2008 - Sep 2012

Cooley LLP

Corporate Associate

Jun 2004 - Jun 2005

Engaged in broad-based corporate practice on behalf of private companies, with emphasis on emerging high-technology companies. Primary transactions included venture capital finance ($1M - $20M), mergers and acquisitions ($3M - $400M), commercial contract negotiation, drafting and review, corporate governance, and general business representation.

Jun 2004 - Jun 2005

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