John M. Smith

John M. Smith, Esq.

Is a member, partner, and co-founder of Smith Butz. Attorney Smith decided to form his own law practice with Attorney Thomas M. Butz after practicing law in Pittsburgh law firms. Attorney Smith focuses his practice in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation, Estate Litigation, Zoning and Land Use Law, Corporate Law, Employment Law, Municipal Law Matters, Probate Law, and Energy Law. In addition, Attorney Smith is at the forefront of Gas Lease Negotiations, Local Zoning regulations on drilling, and the Litigation of Ownership of these valuable minerals.

Attorney Smith has tried hundreds of cases representing both individuals, businesses and municipalities in various courts and jurisdictions throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As a reward for his wealth of litigation experience, Attorney Smith was invited to become a member of the American Association of Trial Lawyers. Attorney Smith has participated in numerous high profile cases that have been covered and publicized by various news outlets. Attorney Smith participated in a construction trial in Allegheny County where more than $10 million was at issue and which was reported in The National Law Journal, a nation-wide legal publication. Attorney Smith counsels municipalities and is often appointed as “Special Counsel” to consult on matters relating to Oil and Gas Laws and litigation issues. Attorney Smith has also litigated non-compete, Product/Client confidentiality provisions, intentional interference with both existing and prospective contract claims and trade secret matters in both Pennsylvania State and Federal Courts protecting his clients’ proprietary interest in their right to exclusively utilize, sell and market their products.

Attorney Smith was admitted to the practice of law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in 1995. He is licensed to practice law in all Pennsylvania and New Jersey state courts, the United States District Courts for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Attorney Smith is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Attorney Smith received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Rhetoric and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991 and his Juris Doctor Degree, magna cum laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1995. While in law school, Attorney Smith was a member of the Law Review, Chair of the Moot Court Board, and graduated in the top one percent of his class. He also received the “Distinguished Student Award” for his graduating class.

Attorney Smith is also active in the community. He currently serves as the Solicitor for Cecil Township, which includes Southpointe, and he is the coach of a local high school Mock Trial team. Attorney Smith, along with his partner Thomas M. Butz, created a free estate planning program for the Veterans of Cecil Township who belong to the local American Legion. He has volunteered his services providing free legal representation to the Greater Canonsburg Library, Cecil American Legion, Cecil Township Volunteer Fire Association, and the Cecil Township Athletic Association.

Attorney Smith lives in Cecil, PA with his wife, Kendra, and their three children. Attorney John M. Smith is available to provide legal assistance in an of the areas mentioned above, and he can be reached via telephone at (724) 745-5121 or email at

After drafting the first ordinance for Cecil Township, Attorney John M. Smith has been invited to speak at numerous oil and gas seminars, including:

  • Natural Gas Drilling Workshop for Municipal Officials
  • Marcellus Shale Gas Event at the Pennsylvania State University New Kensington campus
  • Peters Township Library Information Series
  • North Fayette Township informational seminar on Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling
  • Seven Springs Fall Conference of Townships, Boroughs and Authorities
  • 2010 NARO Annual Convention

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