Daniel A. Smith
Professional History. Following graduation from Duke Law School in May, 1978, Mr. Smith began a clerkship for preeminent criminal defense lawyer William J. Sheppard in Jacksonville, FL, and upon bar admission became an associate with the firm of Sheppard, Carithers, and Weinbaum. The firm practiced criminal defense in Florida and Federal courts, with Mr. Smith focused on trial of felony cases. In 1983 Mr. Smith joined future Florida Bar President Henry M. Coxe and future Circuit Judge Jack M. Schemer in the partnership of Coxe, Schemer, and Smith. During this time Mr. Smith began taking court appointments in capital cases in Florida courts, and joined the Criminal Justice Act panel in the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Florida, accepting conflict appointments to defend a wide array of Federal criminal cases.
Mr. Smith started his solo practice as the Law Office of Daniel A. Smith in Jacksonville in 1986 in the Morris Building at 2064 Park Street where the firm continues to this day.
Practice Focus. The firm’s private clients hire Mr. Smith on Florida criminal cases ranging from misdemeanors to first degree felonies, and Federal indictments and grand jury investigations, including a large number of maritime investigations of environmental crimes. In addition to his private work, Mr. Smith has maintained his membership on the Criminal Justice Act panel, serving the Court and the public of the Jacksonville Division of the Middle District of Florida by accepting court appointments for indigent clients. These cases run the full gamut of Federal offenses, including Hobbs Act Robbery, Wire and Mail Fraud, Drug Trafficking, Kidnapping, Bank Robbery, Identity Theft, Firearms Offenses, and Conspiracies of every variety.
Ethics and Professionalism. For more than 25 years, Mr. Smith has held the “ AV “ highest rating awarded by attorney rating firm Martindale-Hubbell for professional competence and ethical conduct. Mr. Smith has vigorously defended criminal cases in state and Federal courts throughout Florida for 40 years without ever being sanctioned or disciplined by any bar or court.
Public Service and Professional Associations. As noted by the Hon. Gerald Tjoflat of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, service on the Criminal Justice Act Panel is “in the nature of pro bono work”. Mr. Smith devotes substantial time to repesentation of indigent clients, and in 2017 was recognized by the Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar Association with the annual Spirit of Giving award by Chief Judge Timothy J. Corrigan. Mr. Smith has previously served as the President of the Northeast Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the President of the Jacksonville Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
- Elizabethtown College, B.A. Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, 1975
- Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1978
Bar and Court Admissions
- Florida Bar
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- Supreme Court of the United States