Eddy R. Smith, Esq.
Since 1998, Eddy R. Smith has worked with individuals and families to explore their goals and to match strategies and resources to their needs. He identifies planning issues and opportunities, works to enhance family dynamics, and helps navigate life, business, and financial transitions.
Eddy is a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, serving on the Fiduciary Litigation Committee, Fiduciary Administration Task Force, and Charitable Planning and Exempt Organizations Committee, and previously served as Chair of the TBA Estate Planning and Probate Section and President of the Knoxville Estate Planning Council.
U.S. News & World Report named Eddy in The Best Lawyers in America© in the practice areas of Trusts and Estates and Litigation - Trusts and Estates every year he's practiced law from 2012, including 2024. In 2024, he also received recognition for Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law and Tax Law.
Cityview Magazine recognized Eddy as a Top Attorney in Knoxville in the practice areas of Business Litigation, Estate Planning/Trusts, Taxation, and Wills/Probate for 2022 and 2023, alongside previous recognitions in Appellate Practice and Contract Law in 2021 and Income Tax/IRS Solutions in 2022.
Eddy was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1998. Eddy is also a member of the Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) and Tennessee Bar Association (TBA).
Eddy brings significant experience in advanced wealth planning. Prior to joining Kennerly Montgomery, he practiced trust and estate law for 20 years as a principal of the Knoxville law firm Holbrook Peterson Smith and worked two years for Merrill Lynch Private Wealth. Prior to law school, Eddy served two years on U.S. Army active duty and worked five years as a full-time college minister.
He and his wife have been married since 1988 and have three adult children.
Eddy received a B.A. in Economics from Virginia Tech (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), an M.A. in Religion from Lipscomb University, and a J.D. from The University of Tennessee College of Law (summa cum laude, Order of the Coif).
Eddy writes a trusts and estates column appearing three times per year in the Tennessee Bar Journal called “Where There’s A Will,” and has authored articles on trusts, estate planning, charitable giving, and nonprofits in the Tennessee Bar Journal, Tennessee CPA Journal, Dicta (Knoxville Bar Association), Maine Bar Journal, Louisville Bar Briefs, Across the Bar (San Joaquin County, CA Bar), and The Barrister (Camden County, NJ Bar).