NES Chief Legal Officer Named “Best of the Bar”

For the second consecutive year and sixth time overall, Laura Smith, NES’ Chief Legal Officer has been recognized as one of the “Best of the Bar.” The Nashville Business Journal previously named her among the “Best of the Bar” in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2023.

Each year, the Nashville Business Journal highlights the top legal professionals in their “Best of the Bar” honoree list. The honorees are selected by their peers as being the best in their category. Categories include Banking and Finance, Healthcare, Labor and Employment, Corporate Counsel, Litigation, Corporate and Securities, Real Estate, Criminal Law, Family Law and many others. The nominees then participate in a round of closed voting, with weight being given to votes from outside their firm or company.

Smith was recognized in the Corporate Counsel category.

Laura Smith is a recognized leader within the legal community. She served as president of the Nashville Bar Association in 2019 and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Nashville Bar Foundation. In 2018, she was admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court and was nominated for the 2021 Nashville Athena Awards.

Smith has served as chair/president on several boards for local organizations, including The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, FiftyForward, Cable, NeedLink Nashville, Women in Numbers (WIN) and the Nashville Women’s Political Caucus.

She is currently a board member for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville and has previously served on the boards of the Center for Nonprofit Management, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee and the Urban League of Middle Tennessee. She also serves on the Andrew Jackson Hermitage Board of Trustees and is on the corporate board for the H.G. Hill Company.

Smith is an alumna of Leadership Donelson-Hermitage (2003), Leadership Nashville (2008) and Leadership Tennessee (2020). This recognition is beyond well-deserved. Congratulations, Laura!