As the founding partner of Southern Trial Counsel | PLC, attorney Larry D. Smith has devoted his practice to civil litigation and serves clients in Orlando, Florida, and the surrounding areas. He received his B.S. in Criminal Justice with Great Honor from the University of North Alabama in 1979, and received the Presidential Award for highest grade point average in the department. He was also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. Following work with the National Park Service and then as a federal law enforcement officer, he attended the University of Alabama School of Law, where he competed with the National Trial Advocacy Team and interned for U.S. District Judge Robert Propst of the Northern District of Alabama. He obtained his Juris Doctor in May, 1984. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1984 and the Alabama Bar in 1985.
For more than 30 years, Larry has focused on providing skilled defense of drug, automobile and medical device manufacturers; primary and excess insurance companies; and high-profile banks and businesses. His casework includes defense of his clients in personal injury, products liability, insurance claims and commercial and complex litigation.
Larry is a member of numerous legal organizations, including The International Association of Defense Counsel, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Litigation Counsel of America and Defense Research Institute. He has servedon both The Florida Bar Code & Rules of Evidence Committee and the Rules of Civil Procedure Committee. He has also served on the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism since 1999, and has served successive terms as the Chair of the Commissions Diversity Subcommittee. He is a Charter member of The Florida Bar's Equal Opportunities Section and served as its Chair 2010-2011.
Well respected in his field, Mr. Smith has also lectured extensively on products liability, civil litigation and professionalism-related issues at the state and national levels, including seminars sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He has achieved Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating of AV-Preeminent,* and has been listed in its Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers since 1999. In 2002, he was recognized as Watermark's Central Florida Co-Person of the Year. Florida Trend magazine ranked him among their "Legal Elite" for three consecutive years, beginning in 2010.
*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
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