Specialists in Construction Litigation
Nashville attorney Greg Cashion was probably more than a little surprised in 1997 when Don Smith, another legal colleague, entered his office and suggested the time was right for them to start a boutique construction law firm. “Since Don had been my mentor for 15 years, however, the decision was a no-brainer. Basically we took the whole construction law section of a larger firm and started our own firm. We shared a common vision to practice exclusively construction law, control our own destiny, further develop our expertise in construction law and provide great service to our clients.”
Smith and Cashion partnered with Jeff Orr and Richard Smith to found Smith Cashion & Orr, PLC. They believed that Nashville was ready to support a boutique construction law firm that would provide clients a wide range of specialized services, including contract review and preparation, bid protests, claims analysis and preparation, claims avoidance, alternative dispute resolution, licensing consultation, and litigation support.
The founders, all of whom remain active in the operation of the firm today, uniquely positioned themselves to serve the legal needs of those involved in and doing business with the construction industry.
They remain so today.
A Specialized Niche
Smith Cashion & Orr is now the largest boutique construction law firm in Tennessee and among the top two dozen law firms in Nashville. As the state’s largest boutique construction law firm, its singular practice area sets it apart from the many other providers of legal services in the area. In addition to being very active in negotiation, litigation, arbitration and mediation, Smith Cashion & Orr attorneys assist the construction community in writing various pieces of legislation for the state of Tennessee.
Many of the 19 members of the firm, 12 of whom are attorneys, have educational backgrounds in engineering and/or architecture. In addition, many of the firm’s attorneys have actually worked within the construction industry.
“I am pleased with my fellow partners and their strong desire to grow this practice group within the firm,” comments founding member Greg Cashion. “Each of them brings a much needed asset to the table.”
The Smith Cashion & Orr attorneys focus their practice primarily on contractors and construction professionals in the Middle Tennessee area. In addition, they represent contractors from all over the United States who choose the Nashville area in which to locate their projects. They also provide legal service to local clients in many out-of-state venues; some as far away as California.
In addition to the firm’s attorneys having lectured extensively to various trade organizations within the construction industry, Smith Cashion & Orr serves the local community through its support of numerous civic and charitable organizations, including the Nashville Rotary Club, Middle Tennessee Council of Boy Scouts of America, Nashville Junior Chamber, Martha O’Bryan Center, Rosebank Neighbors, and others.