Michelle P. Smith is Board Certified in Criminal Appeals by the State of Florida, one of only 50 such attorneys in the entire state. She has devoted the last seventeen years to the practice of law, working on complex criminal trials, criminal appeals, post-conviction matters, family law, estate planning, business law, and other legal issues. Ms. Smith began her legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Earle W. Peterson, Jr. at the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach, Florida. She transitioned from state court to federal court, landing a position as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Gregory A. Presnell at the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. After finishing her clerkship, she spent five years as an Assistant Federal Defender in the Orlando Division of the Middle District of Florida, honing both her trial and appellate skills in the federal arena. Upon leaving the Office of the Federal Defender, Ms. Smith opened her own practice in Orlando, Florida where she has devoted her time to clients with cases and controversies in both state and federal court.
Ms. Smith is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the State of Florida. She has broad experience working complex cases with diverse clientele and speaks six languages including Portuguese, Spanish, English, French, Arabic, and Farsi. Ms. Smith graduated at the top of her class from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she was a member of the Editorial Board of the Stetson Law Review. While in law school, Ms. Smith interned for the Honorable Judge Richard A. Lazzara at the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the Honorable Judge Chris W. Altenbernd at the Second District Court of Appeal, the Honorable Judge Barbara Fleischer at the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, and the Florida Attorney General.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Smith owned and operated a successful real estate sales and property management firm, handling both residential and vacation rentals. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and General Management from the University of Central Florida where she graduated in the top 10% of her class.