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Michael S. Smith - West Palm Beach, FL

420 Columbia DriveSuite 110 West Palm Beach, FL 33409

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Updated: 02/18/2024

West Palm Beach Personal Injury Lawyer

Overview

Mickey Smith has practiced law in Florida for more than 30 years. After graduating from the Duke University School of Law, Mickey began representing insurance companies and large corporations. He ultimately became a senior shareholder at Kubicki Draper and concentrated his practice on the defense of claims involving serious personal injury, wrongful death, and insurance bad faith...
Mickey Smith has practiced law in Florida for more than 30 years. After graduating from the Duke University School of Law, Mickey began representing insurance companies and large corporations. He ultimately became a senior shareholder at Kubicki Draper and concentrated his practice on the defense of claims involving serious personal injury, wrongful death, and insurance bad faith. After trying over 100 cases for insurance companies, he became increasingly frustrated because his talents were merely being used to minimize or defeat victims' claims. Mickey wanted to use his talents to help ordinary people who had valid claims. On May 1, 2002, Mickey joined Slawson Cunningham Whalen & Smith, P.L., as a shareholder. He refused to represent insurance companies and strictly limited his practice to representing victims with significant claims.

His dream of practicing law with his best friends, Gary Lesser and Joe Landy, was fulfilled in August 2004, when Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith was formed. Mickey's practice continues to be limited to representing individuals and families who have suffered serious personal injury, wrongful death, or have been victimized because of the bad faith practices of an insurance company.

Without question, Mickey's vast experience in litigating and trying some of the insurance industry's worst cases is a major asset in representing victims with significant claims. Since focusing his efforts on the interests of the injured in 2002, Mickey has maintained an active trial practice and has achieved verdicts and settlements for his clients that total in the tens of millions of dollars. His peers have named him one of The Best Lawyers in America.

Mickey was born in Williamson, West Virginia, in 1960. Mickey excelled in high school and received a merit scholarship to attend Virginia Tech. He was thrilled since neither of his parents could attend college. Mr. Smith majored in Engineering at Virginia Tech and received his degree, magna cum laude, in 1982, graduating with a 3.70-grade point average (3.96 in his major). His hard work in college was rewarded with a merit scholarship to the Duke University School of Law. While in law school, he was elected to the prestigious Order of the Coif, based on his outstanding academic achievements at Duke. Mickey received his degree in 1985, with high honors.

About Michael S. Smith

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury

Litigation

  • 100%

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Shareholder

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1990

Specialties and Certifications

  • Board Certified and Re-Certified in Civil Trial Law by The Florida Bar, 2002 – Present
  • Board Certified and Re-Certified in Civil Trial Law, 2002 – Present and Civil Pretrial Practice Law, 2012 – Present by the National Board of Trial Advocacy

Other Affiliations

  • American Association for Justice
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Palm Beach County Justice Association, Board of Directors, 2003 - 2006
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association

Education

  • Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina, 1985
    J.D.
    Honors: With High Honors
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, 1982
    B.S.
    Major: Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Pro Bono Activities

  • The Boys & Girls Club (Wellington, FL), Advisory Board of Directors
  • Wellington Community Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Central Palm Beach County Community Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • Rotary Club of Wellington, FL; Paul Harris Fellow
  • Palms West Planning Committee

Achievements

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Included on the 2024 Florida list


Past Lists

  • 2023 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Florida Super Lawyers list

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Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • The Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiffs Lawyers in America
  • The Best of the U.S., Personal Injury Law
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • Florida's Top Lawyers, Personal Injury Law
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell. (This independent rating, determined by other lawyers and judges, is the highest possible for both legal ability and general ethical standards. The Martindale Directory was first published in 1868).

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Office Information

Address

420 Columbia DriveSuite 110 West Palm Beach, FL 33409

Fax

  • (561) 655-2033

Offers Free Initial Consultation

Yes

Office Hours

Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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