On Professional Responsibility
D. Culver “Skip” Smith III is a respected source of legal counsel for lawyers, law firms, and others, with more than 45 years of experience in the field of legal ethics and professional responsibility—the “law of lawyering.”
His deep understanding of this complex field makes him a sought-after resource for lawyers facing disciplinary or legal action.
With extensive experience representing clients before The Florida Bar and in both state and federal courts, Skip Smith has a well-earned reputation for knowledge, professionalism, reasoning, and credibility. He also has been recognized by his peers as an exceptional appellate lawyer. In addition, he serves as a testifying expert and as an objective and effective special magistrate and internal corporate investigator.
A lawyer’s lawyer
When lawyers are sued or receive notice of a bar grievance against them, they may feel frightened, angry, betrayed, or confused. They may be tempted to respond while driven by emotion—a move that can land them in more trouble.
This is a complex area in which black-letter ethics rules are nuanced by how they have evolved and have been interpreted over time. Skip Smith‘s keen insight into this field enables him to offer an in-depth understanding of lawyers’ ethical and disciplinary issues and has enabled him successfully to guide many lawyers through these crises.
Skip has a thorough understanding of the workings of The Florida Bar’s disciplinary system, having served on a grievance committee and as a member of the Bar’s Board of Governors, the body that oversees Florida’s lawyers under the authority of the Supreme Court of Florida.
He also serves on The Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee, the body that issues advisory ethics opinions to Florida lawyers, including two terms as Chairperson. His bar experience—coupled with his extensive history representing lawyers before The Florida Bar and the Court—enables him to provide comprehensive analysis of a broad array of legal-ethics situations and offer reasoned and well-grounded guidance and representation.