Donna Vales Smith

Donna Vales Smith: Attorney with Wenzel Fenton Cabassa, P.A.
  • Partner at Wenzel Fenton Cabassa, P.A. (6 Attorneys)
  • 1110 North Florida Avenue, Suite 300, Tampa, FL 33602
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  • Employment Law Attorney with Wenzel Fenton Cabassa, P.A.
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I once received an email from a client stating simply, “Thank you for holding my hand through this process…” It was my honor and pleasure to guide this client through the nuances and challenges of employment law litigation and it gave me great satisfaction to know that our efforts to take the extra step for her were well-received by her. Employment law encompasses discrimination claims, retaliation claims, unpaid wages/wage hour claims, whistleblower claims, and much more. The law is changing as are employer practices. However, it is an area in which I have developed a great deal of knowledge since I began practicing in this field in 1987- and I am always learning more and exploring new and better ways to represent our client’s interests. Yes, I have the credentials you expect from an attorney- Bachelor of Arts with a major in Philosophy, and minor in mathematics and languages from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, a law degree with honors from Tulane University School of Law, Bar admissions to five states over the course of my career (and many moves across the country), and admission to the Federal Courts including active status in Florida, Louisiana and Georgia. I have practiced actively before the agencies charged with enforcement of laws impacting the employment relationship such as the United States Equal Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor, and Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Labor Relations Board and the state or local equivalent of these Federal agencies. I have litigated numerous cases before judges and juries in State and Federal Court and before private Arbitrators. I have lost count of the number of mediations I have participated in with my clients. These are the credentials and competencies you expect over a career of nearly 30 years devoted solely to the practice of labor and employment law. But going back to the email I referenced above, my client described in one short phrase the qualities that she respected and valued in addition to my being a “credentialed lawyer” – compassion and patience. Talking to a lawyer, or pursuing a legal claim, is a new experience for most of our clients. My role as a lawyer is multi-faceted. Clients come to us for our knowledge, experience, and reputation as litigators. I am also a counselor, teacher and advisor. The decision to pursue a legal claim is an important one that impacts your life in a very meaningful way. Emotions run strong. You will have questions. You need advice to make the best decisions for you. I take these obligations seriously and sincerely hope during the course of my representation of a client, or when we resolve a case for a client, that I hear an expression in one form or another of confidence and appreciation for listening, making the process understandable, and generally providing rock solid guidance.

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  • Labor and Employment

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
866-661-8705  Phone
813-224-0431  Phone
813-229-8712  Fax
University Attended:
St. John’s College in Annapolis, B.A., cum laude, 1984
Law School Attended:
Tulane University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1987
Year of First Admission:
1989, Louisiana; 1988, New York; 2003, Florida; 1978, Connecticut; 1999, Georgia
Florida Bar - Member
Georgia Bar - Member
Hillsborough County Bar Association - Member
Hillsborough County Women Lawyers - Member
Birth Information:
Decatur, Georgia, January 18, 1964
Hobbies & interests:
Her two children and supporting their activities.
Payment Information:
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 03/27/16 in Labor and Employment

    I have had several cases against Donna. She is a great lawyer, honest and straightforward, and very knowledgeable.

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