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Smith, Bruce M.

Bruce M. Smith

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Bruce M. Smith

Admitted to Bar:

  • Tennessee, 1974


  • Duke University (A.B., 1970)
  • University of Memphis (J.D., 1974)


  • Hearing Panel, Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee (1982-88)
  • Transportation Research Board Committee on Transit and Intermodal Transportation Law (1992-Present, Chair 1998-2000, 2006-13)
  • Transportation Research Board Group Legal Resources Council (1996-Present, Chair 2000-03)
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation
  • Memphis Bar Association (1974-present; Board of Directors, 1983-84)


  • 2017 Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lecturer, Transportation Research Board
  • Survey of the law on tort liability caps
  • Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Americans with Disabilities Act regulations
  • Attorney-client privilege of public boards
  • Department of Transportation regulations on procurement, Buy America requirements, lobbying restrictions, third party contracting, labor issues, and charter bus.
  • Transit system security issues
  • Initial Reviewer:  Selected Studies in Transportation Law, Vol. 5, Transit Law, Paul Stephen Dempsey, Transit Cooperative Research Program, 2004


  • American Public Transportation Association Legal Affairs Committee (Vice Chairman, 1992-94; Chairman, 1994-96)
  • Has served on several APTA Task Forces that have successfully dealt with major regulatory issues with the U.S. Department of Transportation
  • General Counsel, Memphis Area Transit Authority (1976-99; 2009-Present)
  • Selected "Power Player" in the Law: Employment section of the Memphis Business Quarterly (now known as Inside Memphis Business) (2010-Present)



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