Jared E. Smith

Jared Smith practices in the areas of construction, banking and financial services, retail and hospitality, automotive negligence, and product liability. He has effectively defended numerous cases involving significant personal injuries and property damage.  Jared has significant experience in mass tort defense, specifically asbestos litigation. 

Jared has defended multimillion dollar construction defect and Chinese drywall claims. He also represents contractors in lien actions, contract drafting and negotiations, and contract disputes.   Jared is an active member of the Construction Law Committee Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law section as well as the Hillsborough County Bar Association Construction Law Committee.

He also handles bank litigation cases involving consumer finance and consumer protection. Jared has litigated commercial matters involving the Federal Fair Debt Collection Act and Florida Fair Debt Collections Practices Act.

His retail and hospitality cases involve national retailers. His team was recognized in 2012 as Sears Holdings Corporation's "Go-To Firm for Litigation" in a survey conducted by American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel magazines. Through diligent litigation efforts, Jared has successfully obtained several dismissals of cases for clients.

Before joining Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, Jared had the honor of serving four years in the U.S. Air Force as part of the illustrious Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG). As the Chief of Claims at MacDill Air Force Base, Jared adjusted and managed the handling of all personal injury and medical malpractice claims against the base and assigned Air Force personnel. From this, Jared gained significant insight into the claims management process. Jared advised the Chief of Operations for MacDill’s 2004 AirFest and provided counsel to the Chief of Staff of the MacDill hospital. He obtained his certification under Article 27 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice as a U.S. Air Force Military Trial and Defense Counsel. Jared often went head to head in court with fellow JAGs whom he still considers to be some of the nation’s sharpest trial attorneys.  He was also appointed in 2003 as a Special Assistant United States Attorney to prosecute civilian crimes in federal court.

Immediately following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Justice Edward J. Larson of the Kansas Supreme Court, where he had the distinct privilege of researching and directly assisting with the highest court’s decisions on several critical matters of first impression under state law.

  • Education

    Washburn University, School of Law - J.D., magna cum laude , 2000
    Fort Hays State University - B.B.A., Accounting, summa cum laude , 1996
  • Honors

    • Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star 2010
  • Bar Admissions

    • Kansas (2000)
    • Florida (2006)
  • Court Admissions

    • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
    • U.S. District Courts of Florida (Middle) (2006)
  • Notable Cases

    • Lawson v. Sears, Roebuck and Co., et al.  >>
    • Duarte v. K-Mart Corporation  >>
    • Marietta Jordan v. Stonington Insurance  >>
    • Robert Myers and Joyce Myers v. Cook / Tampa Bay Moving Systems, Inc.  >>
  • Professional & Civic Activities

    • Associated Builders and Contractors, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
    • Florida Bar
      • Real Property, Probate and Trust, Construction Law Committee
    • American Bar Association
      • Construction Industry Forum
      • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
    • Hillsborough County Bar Association
      • Construction Law Committee
  • Articles & Presentations

    • Author, “Lienors Beware - Lessons Learned from the Cool Guys, LLC,” Lawyer Magazine, The Hillsborough Bar Association, Vol. 23, No. 3, Jan 2013
    • Construction Defect Litigation continuing education seminar presentation for third party administrator CJW & Associates (May 20, 2013)
    • Florida chapter of the 2007 DRI Products Liability Defenses, State by State Compendium, Co-author
  • Community Involvement

    • Deacon, Idlewild Baptist Church
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