Nelson E. Baez

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Smith, Ball, Baez & Prather Florida Injury Lawyers
Nelson E. Baez
Smith, Ball, Baez & Prather Florida Injury Lawyers

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Products Liability, Medical Malpractice; view more

Licensed in Florida since: 2009

Education: Stetson University College of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Selected to Rising Stars: 2018 - 2024
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Smith, Ball, Baez & Prather Florida Injury Lawyers

4440 PGA Boulevard
Suite 500
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 Visit website


Nelson E. Báez is a trial attorney and partner at the law firm of Smith, Ball & Báez in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. His focus is on securing justice for those injured in Florida with an emphasis on Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast region. He has obtained vast amounts of financial compensation for his clients through verdicts and settlements in cases related to:

  • Car and truck collisions
  • Bicycle, motorcycle and boat accidents
  • Premises liability
  • Wrongful death
  • Medical malpractice

Before practicing personal injury law, Mr. Báez held a role as a prosecutor for the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office. In this capacity, he achieved guilty verdicts on cases involving DUI manslaughter, home-invasion robbery with a firearm, attempted first-degree murder and numerous other offenses. He then gained valuable experience working for nearly eight years at another well-known law firm before partnering with Smith, Ball & Báez.

Mr. Báez went to the University of Central Florida and attained a bachelor’s degree in political science and government in 2006, after which he enrolled at the Stetson University College of Law to pursue his legal education. He graduated with his Juris Doctor and was admitted by The Florida Bar in 2009. He is also authorized to appear before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Hailing from a family of lawyers in Puerto Rico, Mr. Báez has deep connections to the practice of law and an intimate understanding of local community needs. His vast trial experience and fluency in Spanish enable him to serve his clients in an efficient manner. He provides them with immediate and thorough representation upon engagement.

Mr. Báez is a recipient of several awards and honors such as being listed in The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 for several years and being peer-review rated AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell – the organization’s highest attainable rating. Moreover, he was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Award for Prosecution by the Traffic Safety Committee of Palm Beach County in 2012 and chosen as the County Court Attorney of The Year by the State Attorney's Office – 15th Judicial Circuit. He also holds a "Very Good" rating on Avvo.

A former president of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association, Mr. Báez is also the past co-chair of the Palm Beach County Bar Association and a board member of the Palm Beach County Justice Association. His other affiliations include the Florida Justice Association and The Florida Bar.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ falls into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Dental Malpractice, Dram Shop Laws, Informed Consent, Medical Devices, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Defects, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Pharmaceutical, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 60% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 10% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 2009, Florida

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Educational Background:
  • University of Central Florida, 2006
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Florida, 2009
  • Criminal Bench Bar Conference, Co-Chair, 2013
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Member; Criminal Practice Committee, Co-Chair, 2012-2013
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association, Past President
  • Guatemalan Mayan Center, Board Member
  • Palm Beach County Justice Association, Board Member
  • U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida, 2020
  • Recipient, County Court Trial Division Attorney Of the Year, State Attorney's Office of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Palm Beach County, 2011
  • Recipient, County Court Prosecutor of the Year, 2011
  • Recipient, Supe Lawyers, Rising Star
  • Recipient, Martindale-Hubbell, AV rated
  • Recipient, The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40
  • Recipient, Distinguished Service Award for Prosecution from the Traffic Safety, Committee of the Palm Beaches, 2012

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Mr. Baez has personally represented a number of my friends and colleagues in their various personal injury claims. Upon completion of each matter, each person represented by Mr. Baez felt the need to reach out to me and tell me how happy they were with Mr. Baez's representation from start to finish. Common themes included ease of contact, time spent explaining each step, and just overall stress relief in having Mr. Baez help navigate the process with them.”

“Nelson is a great advocate for his clients.”

Office location for Nelson E. Baez

4440 PGA Boulevard
Suite 500
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Phone: 561-363-5490


7 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2018 - 2024

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