Phillip W. Smith II


Phil is an attorney practicing out of Dickinson Wright’s Grand Rapids office. His practice focuses on corporate, finance, and real estate law. Phil assists a broad range of business clients in a variety of matters, including business formation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, loan documentation, and real estate transactions.

Prior to beginning his legal career, he served for six years in the United States Army with one deployment, achieving the rank of Captain.

Education & Credentials


Indiana University, Maurer School of Law

  • Executive Business Editor, Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies
  • Elmore Entrepreneurship Law Clinic 
    • 1 of 7 JD and MBA students selected to participate for the Spring Semester, to assist startup companies and entrepreneurs with formation issues, funding, and intellectual property protection, and advised on operational matters
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award (Highest Grade), Transactional Drafting

United States Military Academy (West Point)

B.S., American Legal Studies and Environmental Engineering
  • One of six students selected to represent West Point at the competition for International Humanitarian Law for Military Academies at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law
  • Member of the NCAA Division 1 football team

Bar Admission

  • Indiana
  • Michigan

Prominent Assignments


  • Represented a major OEM manufacturer to handle general corporate matters, including assisting with its generational succession plan and a shareholder redemption.
  • Acting as local counsel for a credit union in documenting and closing their Small Business Administration 7(a) loans for borrowers in Michigan or loans based in Michigan.
  • Represented multiple business clients in the sale or purchase of assets, stock, and membership interests.
  • Advised auto parts manufacturers, logistics, and transportation companies on business operations and finance issues working to resolve payment and billing issues, resulting in savings to client.
  • Represented a major telecommunications company in the sale of its equity to an international purchaser.
  • Represented commercial lenders in loan documentation, refinance and negotiations.
  • Represented commercial developers in like-kind exchanges resulting in significant tax savings to the client.
  • Represented a healthcare provider in the successful stock sale of their limited liability company.
  • Represented multiple commercial developers and business clients in the negotiation and documentation of their real estate sales and purchases.
  • Represented a major insurance holdings company in the acquisition of multiple add on agencies.

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member, Grand Rapids Bar Association (Michigan)
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan

Community Involvement

  • West Point Society of Michigan
    • Board Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
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