Experienced Estate Planning Attorneys Deliver Knowledgable

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Working to build and protect your wealth and assets over a lifetime, The Law Offices of Jason J. Smith LLC delivers knowledgable legal representation and premium care.

 

 

Mission and Vision Statement

The Law Offices of Jason J. Smith, LLC was founded with a singular vision: Clients deserve better. Our clients enjoy direct contact with their attorney and receive concierge-level services that are as flexible as they are methodical. Your matter will be considered fully from every angle, and we will strategize a course of action that best utilizes our attorneys’ knowledge, secure technological capabilities, and cost-efficient approach to deliver a client experience like no other in our profession.

Our vision is to transform into a full-service general practice law firm led by exceptionally qualified attorneys with sterling educational pedigree who act in concert to deliver consistent, reliable legal services and highly exceed client expectations. Our attorneys will become their clients’ “lawyers for life,” acting as trusted advisors to multiple generations of successful families and business leaders.

 

 

Jason J. Smith, Managing Attorney

jsmith@lojjs.com    •    203.489.5501

Jason J. Smith founded the Firm in 2018 in order to deliver concierge-level service to an exclusive clientele in Greenwich and Manhattan, based on the guiding principal that clients deserve “better.” His approach is shaped by close client relationships and well-rounded professional experience in trusts and estates, civil litigation and business consulting, and aims to consistently provide his clients with excellent, thoughtful, tailored legal services and earn his clients’ trust, respect and continued business.

Jason was born and raised in Oklahoma and Texas and comes from a long line of hardworking farmers and ministers. He credits his loving and disciplined parents for helping him overcome congenital conditions—microtia and aural atresia, which left him with only one ear to hear with—to achieve his full potential.

Jason graduated from NYU’s Stern School of Business Magna Cum Laude in Information Systems in just three years. After graduation he began a successful consulting career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in New York and San Francisco, where he traveled the world on assignments and solved unique business problems in the telecommunications, financial services and engineering industries. Caught up in the dot-com boom in San Francisco in the late 1990s, Jason joined Razorfish, a web development firm, and later founded his own internet marketing company, Ascension Communications. After running his business for three successful years, he enrolled at Yale Law School.

After graduating from Yale, Jason clerked for Chief Judge Robert N. Chatigny of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. Jason thereafter joined Wiggin and Dana, where he started in the Litigation department and transitioned to Private Client Services. He then moved to Katten Muchin Rosenman’s New York office and two years later became a partner at the law firm of Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone, where he successfully built a Trusts and Estates Litigation practice group over the course of three and a half years prior to founding the Firm.

Hard work, discipline, thoughtfulness, preparation, and “can-do” values are a part of Jason’s DNA. They explain how he becomes his clients’ “attorney for life” and continues as a go-to resource well past the initial engagement. Jason publishes and is becoming a sought-after speaker at conferences and professional meetings. His publications and lectures cover a variety of topics, including lessons learned from the estate plans (or lack thereof) of the rich and famous, tips for avoiding and/or defending will contests, Surrogate’s Court practice updates, advanced topics in fiduciary accounting, trust decanting, and ethical and practical tips for the modern trusts and estates practitioner.

Jason resides in Greenwich, Connecticut with his husband Dominick and their two children, Leo and Alice.

For more information about Jason or to inquire about a publication topic or speaking engagement, please email info@lojjs.com.


Admissions:

• New York, Connecticut, and U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

Education:

• J.D., Yale Law School, 2006.

• Served as managing editor of the Yale Journal of Law & Technology.

• B.S., magna cum laude, Information Systems, New York University, 1994

Publications:

Keeping Wills Safe from Attack, Nassau Lawyer, Feb. 2018, at 10.

Beware of Hidden Dangers When Taking on New Clients, Trusts & Estates, Feb. 2018, at 52 (coauthor).

Blurred Lines: Navigating ethical obligations when a lawyer and client have an extraprofessional relationship, Trusts & Estates, Feb. 2015 (coauthor).

Ding Dong, Is DOMA Dead?, Trusts & Estates, Jan. 2014, at 40 (coauthor).

Do Same Sex Couples Have a Right to Marry? The State of the Conversation Today, 17 Yale J.L. & Feminism 65 (2005) (coauthor).

 


 

Amanda Ell, Associate Attorney

aell@lojjs.com    •    203.489.5582

Amanda E. Ell joined the firm in October 2019. She has substantial litigation experience and a passion for helping clients. Amanda earned her law degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law. While in law school, Amanda served as the Secretary and then Vice-Magistrate of the Phi Delta Phi Honor Society and was appointed a Yale Sappern Fellow, offering guidance and assistance to self-represented parties. She received her undergraduate degree, Cum Laude, from Marist College.

Amanda’s experience began with a boutique law firm specializing in family law, with a focus on divorce, prenuptial agreements and separation agreements that included the distribution of complex assets. Subsequent to that, she worked with a general litigation firm, handling in family law matters, as well as personal injury and criminal litigation.

Amanda’s litigation knowledge and experience, combined with her deep empathy for her clients, allows her to provide individually tailored representation with a positive and focused approach.

Amanda resides in Greenwich and is an active member of the Fairfield County Bar Association and the Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk. She is also actively involved with the Rowan Center of Stamford.

For more information about Amanda or to inquire about a publication topic or speaking engagement, please email info@lojjs.com.

 


 

Nicole R. Hurley, Associate Attorney

nhurley@lojjs.com    •    203.489.5336

Nicole R. Hurley joined the Firm in April 2019, wanting to provide clients with personal, thoughtful and well-rounded legal services that extend beyond traditional estate and trust planning.

Nicole graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science in communication studies with a concentration in public relations and a minor in English. From there, she received her Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law.

Nicole first became interested in estate and trust planning while interning after her first year of law school with an international law firm located in London, England. Following her experience there, she went on to write her Note and Comment on international inheritance rights, for which she received a Pinnacle Achievement Award. While at Syracuse University, she was also a recipient of the CALI Award in Wills & Trusts.

Prior to joining the Firm, Nicole was an associate attorney with estate planning firms in Albany and New York City and with a litigation firm in Orange County, New York.

Nicole lives in Long Island City, New York with her husband Evan and their two dogs, a newfoundland named Blanche and a golden retriever named Fletcher.

For more information about Nicole or to inquire about a publication topic or speaking engagement, please email info@lojjs.com.


Admissions:

• New York

Education:

• J.D. Syracuse University College of Law, 2014
- Notes & Comments Editor, Impunity Watch
- Executive Editor, Journal of Science & Technology

• B.S. Communication Studies, James Madison University, 2010

Publications:

The Right of Succession: A Testator’s Inability to Provide for His or Her Same Sex “Spouse” Under a Civil Law Reserved Portion Regime, 4 IMPUNITY WATCH L.J 97 (2014).

 


 

Nikki Spantidos, Paralegal

nspantidos@lojjs.com    •    203.489.6169

Nikki Spantidos is a Paralegal and joined the Firm in June 2019. Nikki graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Prior to joining the Firm, Nikki worked for seven years as a paralegal at two intellectual property firms in Stamford, Connecticut and White Plains, New York. Nikki was born and raised, and still lives in Stamford, Connecticut. In her free time, Nikki enjoys hiking and traveling.

For more information about Nikki or to inquire about a publication topic or speaking engagement, please email info@lojjs.com.