Matthew A. Smith
Matt is a civil trial lawyer with a diverse litigation practice that includes labor and employment law disputes, education law, general casualty defense, construction defect litigation, and general business litigation.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Matt attended the University of Texas at Austin where he earned his undergraduate degree. He then went on to Baylor Law School where he earned his Juris Doctor. While at Baylor Law, Matt received several “Dean’s List” recognitions, and he was also an active participant in the mock trial and moot court programs. Matt was a finalist of the Top Gun Mock Trial Competition, and the winner of the Dawson and Sodd Moot Court Competition. Prior to joining the firm, Matt was an Assistant State Attorney in Hillsborough County, Florida, where he tried numerous jury and bench trials involving both felony and misdemeanor offenses. He also previously practiced commercial litigation and general liability defense, handling cases across the state of Florida. This diverse litigation experience gives Matt a unique perspective and allows him to effectively and creatively handle the individual needs of his clients.
Matt’s experience and success have also led to him being consistently recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his work in Litigation – Insurance since 2021. Best Lawyers is an annual publication based entirely on peer reviews that recognizes outstanding lawyers based on their professional expertise, geographic location, and practice areas.
Matt’s representative clients include all types of employers and businesses, school boards and school employees, developers and contractors, insurance carriers, and a variety of professionals and small business owners.
Matt is licensed to practice law in all state courts in Florida and Texas, as well as the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Matt is also a member of the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association, and in his spare time enjoys fishing and spending time on the water with his wife and two boys.
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
• Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association
HONORS & DISTINCTIONS
- The Best Lawyers in America: Litigation – Insurance
• All Florida State Courts (2014)
• All Texas State Courts (2012)
• United States District Courts for Northern and Middle Districts of Florida
- J.D., Baylor University School of Law 2012
- B.A., The University of Texas at Austin 2007