With his long and varied experience, Culver “Skip” Smith is an ideal choice for handling civil and administrative appeals. He has represented numerous clients in appeals in both state and federal court. He is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as the U.S. courts of appeal for the 4th, 5th and 11th circuits. His impartial outlook and proven analytical and writing skills make him highly sought-after to handle appeals cases.
The Florida Board of Bar Examiners is widely known to conduct one of the most thorough and strident character-and-fitness investigations in the nation. Many applicants don’t realize that they may need to provide detailed explanations of past actions to the Board as part of that investigation. Skip Smith provides valuable assistance in properly framing answers to application questions and has successfully represented many applicants at hearings before the Board.
Lawyer ethics is a complex and ever-changing field, with many gray areas that often lay traps for the unwary. Skip Smith offers in-house seminars on standards and trends in the field of lawyer ethics, to enable lawyers and law firms to remain informed and alert to ethical red flags.
When an opposing party seeks to disqualify you from a case or seeks sanctions against you, you are well advised not to defend yourself, because your self-interest diminishes your credibility as an advocate. Skip Smith’s reputation as a highly credible, legal-ethics expert and his extensive litigation and appellate experience make him an ideal choice to represent you in opposing these actions.
When law firms, corporations, and other organizations suspect or are accused of misconduct by their employees or experience problems with internal processes, they turn to Skip Smith to get at the truth. His reputation for thoroughness and high ethical standards make him an ideal investigator who delivers credible, well-documented results.
Lawyer mobility is a common phenomenon today. Individual lawyers or entire practice groups leave law firms either to join another firm or start their own. With increasing frequency, law firms merge or dissolve.
These events give rise to many issues, both ethical and practical: Who gets the clients? How will clients be notified, and by whom? May a departing lawyer solicit the firm’s other lawyers and employees to leave? Who owns documents, forms, and other intellectual property created by the departing lawyer and others? In this often turbulent climate, Skip Smith provides valuable knowledge and an objective outlook as he helps lawyers and firms manage change.
When judges call for a special magistrate to resolve discovery and other pretrial issues, Skip Smith is a trusted resource. As a special magistrate, he provides an impartial viewpoint and works with the parties involved to speedily decide outstanding issues and move the case forward.
Attorneys from out of state, paralegals, and others may be accused of the unlicensed practice of law in Florida. Unfortunately, there is no bright line in the law on when unlicensed practice occurs. Skip Smith provides expertise in this evolving legal area and can guide clients on how best to proceed.
With 45 years’ experience in court cases and Florida Bar proceedings, D. Culver “Skip” Smith III offers unique strengths to his clients.
- Extensive knowledge of the complex field of legal ethics
- Personal insight into how The Florida Bar operates
- In-depth experience derived from assisting hundreds of lawyers with bar-disciplinary proceedings
- A calm, reasoned approach when clients are under stress
- Honest advice on the strengths and weaknesses of a court case or bar grievance
- Responsive, personalized service
- An objective viewpoint as an appeals lawyer
- A proven track record as an impartial expert witness and corporate investigator