Michael S. Smith

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Mickey Smith has practiced trial law in Florida for over three decades. He 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, having graduated in the top 6% of his law school class.

For many years, Mickey represented insurance companies and other large corporations. He ultimately became a senior shareholder at Kubicki Draper, a prestigious, statewide defense firm

Mr. Smith defended 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 v alid claims.

On May 1, 2002, Mickey refused to represent insurance companies any longer and strictly limited his practice to re presenting victims with significant claims. His dream of practicing law with his best friends, Gary Lesser and Joe Landy, was fulfilled in A ugust 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. His peers have named him one of The Best Lawyers in America.

(Board Certified and Re-Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, by both The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education and the National Board of Trial Advocacy)

Areas of Practice (16)

  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Negligence
  • Insurance
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Negligent Security
  • Premises Liability
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Professional Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Torts
  • Federal Tort Claims

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
561-507-1667  Phone
561-655-2028  Phone
561-655-2033  Fax
University Attended:
Virginia Tech, B.S., Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, magna cum laude
Law School Attended:
Duke University School of Law, J.D., with high honors, 1985
Year of First Admission:
1985, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; 1990, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, including Trial Bar and U.S. Supreme Court; 1986, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 1990, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida; 1985, Florida
American Board of Trial Advocates (Palm Beach Chapter Past President and current Executive Committee member); Palm Beach County Justice Association (Board of Directors, 2003-2006); Palm Beach County Bar Association; The Florida Bar (Member, Trial Lawyers Section); Florida Justice Association (Eagle Member); American Association for Justice.
( Board Certified and Re-Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, by both The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education and the National Board of Trial Advocacy )
Payment Information:
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Peer Reviews

4.9/5.0 (2 reviews)
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West Palm Beach, Florida

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