J. Brent Smith has been a practicing trial lawyer for 15 years. During his career he has litigated cases in multiple states including Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Texas, Illinois, Oklahoma and California. He is licensed to practice law in four states and has been admitted to practice in multiple Federal Jurisdictions.
He has litigated a broad range of cases including medical malpractice, nursing home, products liability, intellectual property, pharmaceutical mass torts, consumer class actions, commercial litigation, and anti-trust class actions.
In 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, Mr. Smith was selected by The National Trial Lawyers for inclusion in The Top 40 under 40. The National Trial Lawyers: The Top 40 under 40 identifies individuals younger than the age of 40 that exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young trial lawyer. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. In 2019, Mr. Smith became a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100! This is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended only to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state or region who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile measured by objective and uniformly applied standards in compliance with state bar and national Rule 4-7. In addition, Mr. Smith is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a testament to the fact that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.
In 2015 he was also selected for the Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys.
Mr. Smith has obtained many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients, including his first million dollar verdict at age 26 assisting the founder of Bounds Law Group, J. Clancey Bounds. Mr. Smith was named in Verdict Search’s Top 100 Verdicts of 2006 involving a $25,000,000 patent infringement jury verdict.
Prior to joining the Bounds Law Group, Mr. Smith worked for several years in the banking and financial industry and then spent 7 years with the nationally-renowned Maher Law Firm (formerly known as Maher, Guiley, and Maher) devoting the majority of his practice to personal injury, wrongful death, class action litigation, complex commercial litigation, and products liability.
Mr. Smith earned his Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in finance, from the University of Florida in 2000 and thereafter obtained his Juris Doctorate degree cum laude from Stetson University College of Law in 2004.
J.D., cum laude, Stetson University College of Law, 2004
B.S., University of Florida, 2000
New Jersey, 2005
District of Columbia, 2006
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2005
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, 2005
U.S. District Court for the District of New jersey, 2005
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2012
United States Tax Court, 2013
Member of American Association for Justice
Member of Florida Justice Association
Member of Orange County Bar Association
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Member of Phi Delta Phi (International Legal Fraternity / Honor Society)
Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association
National Trial Lawyers – Top 40 under 40
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rated
The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100