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Holbrook Elected to Board of Regents of American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Holbrook Elected to Board of Regents of American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., April 30, 2014 — Dan W. Holbrook, founding partner of Holbrook Peterson Smith, PLLC, of Knoxville, Tennessee, has been elected to the Board of Regents of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), the premier legal association of trust and estate lawyers in the United States. Holbrook was elected as a Fellow of the College in 1989 and served as Tennessee State Chair from 2005 to 2010.

Upon his election, Holbrook said, “I look forward to serving the profession and the public by serving on the ACTEC governing board.”

The College is composed of the best of the trust and estate bar. Fellowship in ACTEC is extended by invitation only, after careful screening, to those experienced lawyers who have not only mastered the substantive law and practice but who have also made substantial contributions to the profession itself, through writing and speaking on topics of interest to the most experienced practitioners, or by guiding legislation relevant to the profession.

The College strives to improve and elevate the standards of trust and estate practice, by providing resources to the bar and the public generally and through committees that monitor and adapt to ever-changing laws and practice.

ACTEC Fellows are often asked to provide testimony in Congressional hearings and work with the Internal Revenue Service to improve the administration of our tax system. ACTEC also has a separate Foundation to accomplish charitable ends, and Holbrook served on that Board of Directors for six years.

Holbrook is a founding partner of Holbrook Peterson Smith PLLC, established in 1997, and has been practicing law for 36 years. An alumnus of Rollins College (BA and MBA), Willamette University Law School (JD), and the University of Miami Law School (LL.M.), Holbrook has received the highest rating awarded by Martindale–Hubbell for the last 26 years. He is certified as an estate planning specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization, and has been selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America for Trusts and Estates since 1989, and more recently for Representing Non-Profits. Holbrook was listed among the “top 150 lawyers in Tennessee” from 2004 to 2010 in Business Tennessee magazine, and has been listed regularly in Mid-South Super Lawyers and Tennessee Super Lawyers for both Estate Planning and Non-Profits.


Holbrook Peterson Smith PLLC, Counselors at Law, is a full service source of private wealth planning in East Tennessee, helping individuals design and implement carefully crafted estate plans for their loved ones, businesses, and communities.

HPS attorneys focus their practices on estate planning and related matters, including wills, trusts, probate, tax, tax audits, asset protection, fiduciary law, business succession, charitable giving, charitable organizations, and compensation planning.

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