Michael S. Smith
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 had been able to 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 valid claims.
On May 1, 2002, Mickey refused to represent insurance companies any longer and strictly limited his practice to representing victims with significant claims. His dream of practicing law with his best friends, Gary Lesser and Joe Landy, was fulfilled in August 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 by both The Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
- MENSA (Membership is limited to those whose IQ is in the top 2% of the population).
- The Best Lawyers in America; listed in the specialties of insurance law and personal injury litigation. (This publication “is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.” An exhaustive, confidential survey of the top lawyers in the U.S. determines who is included).
- The Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiffs Lawyers in America. (Compiled by asking the nation’s best lawyers and their clients whom they would trust with their own legal matters).
- American Board of Trial Advocates; Palm Beach Chapter Past President and current Executive Committee member. (ABOTA is an invitation only group of experienced trial lawyers “who display skill, civility, and integrity”).
- Florida Super Lawyers; personal injury law. (Ballots are sent to experienced lawyers, who are asked “to nominate the best lawyers they’ve personally observed in action.” Only 5% of Florida lawyers are selected).
- Florida Legal Elite. (Compiled by Florida Trend magazine by asking members of The Florida Bar to provide “the names of Florida lawyers they hold in the highest regard – lawyers they have worked with personally or would recommend to others”).
- Florida’s Top Lawyers; personal injury law. (This exclusive list is compiled by Florida Monthly magazine based upon independent voting).
- “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell. (This independent rating, determined by other lawyers and judges, is the highest possible for both legal ability and general ethical standards. The Martindale Directory was first published in 1868).
Civic & Personal:
Mickey proudly serves on the following Boards: The Boys & Girls Club (Wellington, FL), Wellington Community Foundation, Central Palm Beach County Community Foundation, Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and the American Board of Trial Advocates (Palm Beach Chapter). He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Wellington and the Palms West Planning Committee. Mickey is otherwise involved in several other charitable causes. Mickey has been married for over 33 years to Elizabeth Smith, a retired public school teacher in Wellington – where they have lived for many years. His hobbies include travel (all continents visited except Antarctica), golf, Miami Dolphins football, Duke basketball, and Virginia Tech football. During his career as a skydiver, Mickey accumulated over 2,800 jumps and over 48 hours of freefall time. Nevertheless, he finds nothing more thrilling than presenting a case to a jury