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Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith

Attorney

118 East Garden Street
Pensacola, Florida 32502

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Office: 850-436-7000
Fax: 850-436-7099

Matt is a civil trial lawyer with a diverse litigation practice that includes general casualty defense, premises liability matters, construction defect litigation, general business litigation, and a variety of first party and third party insurance issues. Regardless of the area of law, Matt’s focus is always on providing efficient and effective representation based on each client’s individual goals. He accomplishes this by keeping his clients up-to-date on all case developments, so that each client is able to make informed, fact-based decisions as the case progresses.

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.

Throughout his career, Matt’s detailed and deliberate approach has resulted in outright dismissals, defense verdicts, and favorable settlements on behalf of his clients all over Florida. He has achieved positive results for a variety of clients, including individual insureds, contractors, professionals, business entities, and insurance companies.

Matt is licensed to practice law in Florida and Texas, and he is also a member of the Escambia Santa Rosa Bar Association. He has been recognized by his colleagues for his work in Insurance Litigation in the 2021 and 2022 editions of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has since 1983 highlighted top legal talent in America based on peer reviews.

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OVERVIEW

Matt is a civil trial lawyer with a diverse litigation practice that includes general casualty defense, premises liability matters, construction defect litigation, general business litigation, and a variety of first party and third party insurance issues. Regardless of the area of law, Matt’s focus is always on providing efficient and effective representation based on each client’s individual goals. He accomplishes this by keeping his clients up-to-date on all case developments, so that each client is able to make informed, fact-based decisions as the case progresses.

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.

Throughout his career, Matt’s detailed and deliberate approach has resulted in outright dismissals, defense verdicts, and favorable settlements on behalf of his clients all over Florida. He has achieved positive results for a variety of clients, including individual insureds, contractors, professionals, business entities, and insurance companies.

Matt is licensed to practice law in Florida and Texas, and he is also a member of the Escambia Santa Rosa Bar Association. He has been recognized by his colleagues for his work in Insurance Litigation in the 2021 and 2022 editions of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has since 1983 highlighted top legal talent in America based on peer reviews.

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EDUCATION & ADMISSIONS

Education

  • J.D., Baylor Law School
  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin

Admissions

  • Florida
  • Texas

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas