Laura Smith Named Incoming President of Nashville Bar Association

Nashville Electric Service (NES) Vice President – General Counsel, Laura Smith, will begin her role as President of the Nashville Bar Association (NBA) beginning Jan. 1, 2019. NBA is the largest metropolitan bar association in Tennessee with nearly 3,000 members.

In her role at NES, Smith oversees legal matters, government relations, strategic planning and community involvement.

Most recently, Smith was recognized by the Nashville Business Journal as a member of the 2018 class of Best of the Bar. The list celebrates Nashville’s most talented and respected legal professionals.

As a prominent figure in the Nashville community, Smith has been named a Woman of Achievement by the YWCA of Nashville, a Woman of Influence by the Nashville Business Journal and recognized by Nashville Lifestyles list of Women in Business.

NES congratulates Smith on her newest role as 2019 President of the Nashville Bar Association.

More About Laura Smith

Smith is Vice President – General Counsel for Nashville Electric Service (NES), the eleventh-largest municipally-owned electric system in the United States.  A legal and management professional with over twenty years’ experience, Smith currently oversees NES’s internal and external legal matters, local, state and federal government relations, compliance, claims, strategic planning, business continuity planning, and community involvement activities.

Smith received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida and her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida College of Law.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the Nashville Bar Association and the Nashville Bar Foundation.  In 2010, she was named a Nashville Bar Foundation Fellow; she was named a Tennessee Bar Foundation Fellow in 2016.

Ms. Smith has a reputation as a seasoned nonprofit leader with diverse experience in communications, fundraising, governance and change management.  She has served as president or chair of a number of community organizations, including The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, FiftyForward (formerly Senior Citizens, Inc.), CABLE, Big Brothers of Nashville, WIN and the Nashville Women’s Political Caucus.

She is a graduate of Leadership Nashville (2008) and Leadership Donelson-Hermitage (2003).