M. Stephen Smith
Steve Smith is a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial attorney who focuses on defending mass tort exposure cases as well as complex claims arising from commercial and professional relationships. A seasoned trial lawyer, Steve tries cases and handles appeals in state and federal courts throughout Florida.
He defends clients in cases asserting exposure to asbestos, carbon monoxide, pesticides among other substances. This mass tort experience extends to medical devices in both individual cases and MDL proceedings. He has tried cases venued in Louisiana, Michigan and Virginia as well as Florida.
Steve represents professionals against malpractice claims in a variety of fields including legal, accounting, real estate, and medical/health. His business litigation matters have included contract, fraud and statutory actions.
418 So. 2d 297 (Fla. App. 3 Dist., 1982)
Airline shareholder dispute. Improper directed verdict at trial reversed.
893 F.2d 1313 (C.A.11 (Fla.),1990)
Summary judgment in favor of electric transformer manufacturer affirmed in a poly chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) cleanup contribution action under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).
573 So. 2d 1038 (Fla. App. 3 Dist., 1991)
Summary judgment in favor of a pesticide manufacturer. First Florida decision upholding federal preemption under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
591 So. 2d 1063 (Fla. App. 4 Dist., 1991)
Judgment entered in favor of accountant client against former member of medical limited partnership.
655 So. 2d 170 (Fla. App. 3 Dist., 1995)
Judgment against asbestos product manufacturer reversed. Subsequent favorable settlement.
672 So. 2d 897 (Fla. App. 3 Dist., 1996)
Legal malpractice complaint dismissed for failure to state a claim.
665 So. 2d 1116 (Fla. App. 3 Dist., 1996)
Judgment against asbestos products manufacturer reversed for improper jury instruction. Subsequent settlement very favorable.
672 So. 2d 100 (Fla. App. 3 Dist., 1996)
Defense verdict in favor of asbestos products manufacturer affirmed in a case where defendant manufacturer’s defenses were stricken.
1999 WL 1062135 (S.D. Fla.)
Summary Judgment in favor of defendant manufacturer/distributor of orthopedic bone screws (Federal MDL, ED PA.).
958 So. 2d 1093 (Fla. App. 4 Dist., 2007)
Summary judgment finding of no duty in favor of medical agent of life insurance co. affirmed.
- Defense Research Institute
- American Bar Association
- Dade County Bar Association
- Professional Liability Defense Federation
- Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
University of Florida College of Law — J.D., 1975
Lehigh University — B.A., Economics and Mathematics, cum laude, 1972
- Florida — 1975
- U.S. District Court of Michigan (Eastern)
- U.S. District Courts of Florida (Northern, Middle, Southern)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney
- AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- Author, "4th DCA Affirms Mental Healthcare Providers Owe No Legal Duty to Warn Unidentifiable Potential Victims," June 19, 2020
- “Asbestos Litigation,” Association of Corporate Counsel — Lecturer — August 2004