Edward (Jay) Smith


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Prior to joining Hines Gilsenan, LLC, Jay was the Vice President and General Counsel of a national marine firefighting and casualty response company based in Charleston, South Carolina.   In that role, Jay served steamship lines in developing casualty response plans, as well as with private equity investors to grow and develop the company.   During his tenure, Jay also developed expertise in federal regulations of shipping, casualty response, and marine firefighting, and liaising with the U.S. Coast Guard to assure vessel compliance.  Jay has also been a member of a software company that provides event-management and claims-handling solutions to property managers.   In his free time, Jay  serves as a director for two non-profit organizations dedicated to conservation of natural resources and the expansion of human knowledge in the fields of ecology, botany, zoology, natural history, and archaeology. Previously, Jay worked in the General Counsel's office at the National Audubon Society, as well as with two international private equity groups.    Jay brings strong research and writing skills to the Firm, as well as experience with claims and litigation. 


  • J.D., 2014, Charleston School of Law

    • CALI Award Winner

  • B.A., 2010, Brown University

Professional Activities

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina Supreme Court