Bridget Smitha

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Tallahassee
850-329-4852
bsmitha@stearnsweaver.com
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Bridget Smitha focuses her practice on corporate defense and complex commercial litigation appearing in state and federal courts in Florida and across the nation, as well as before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Additionally, Ms. Smitha frequently assists businesses in obtaining or transferring liquor licenses, and placing quota licenses in escrow or subject to lien. While not a complete list, key areas of experience are listed below. In recognition of her achievements, Ms. Smitha has been named by Super Lawyers magazine as a "Rising Star" for the past seven years in a row, a distinction awarded to less than 2.5% of lawyers each year.

  • Abstention (Rooker/Feldman; Younger; Pullman, etc)
  • Administrative Hearings and Appeals (DOAH, Public Employees Relations Commission, Agency for Persons with Disabilities, etc)
  • Commercial Litigation (Class Actions, Products Liability, Contract Disputes, etc)
  • Constitutional Law (Due Process, Equal Protection, First Amendment, etc)
  • Election Law (Candidates, Political Committees, Communications, Contributions, Contests)
  • Environmental Litigation (Environmental Cost Recovery, Contamination, Toxic Torts, Underground Storage Tanks, etc)
  • Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act
  • Governmental Investigations
  • Legislative (Proposed Legislation; Claims Bills; Lobbying Requirements; Gift Law; etc)
  • Licensure (Applying for a License, Responding to Inquiries and Investigations; Defending Against Adverse Action)
  • Public Records Act & Sunshine Law
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Tax Assessment Appeals
                  

Judicial Clerkships
  • Extern Clerk, First District Court of Appeal
Professional and Community Involvement
  • Leadership Tallahassee Class 33 (A Division of the Greater Tallahassee Area Chamber of Commerce)
  • Guardian ad Litem, 2nd Judicial Circuit
  • American Bar Association
Recognition
  • Benchmark Litigation, Under 40 Hot List, 2016
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2009-2016
  • Distinguished Lawyer Designation, Expert Network, 2016
  • American Society of Legal Advocates, “Top 40 under 40 Litigation Lawyers in the State of Florida,” 2015
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Contact

Tallahassee Office
Highpoint Center
106 East College Avenue - Suite 700
Tallahassee, FL  32301
850-580-7200 phone
850-580-7200 fax


  • Miami

    Museum Tower
    150 West Flagler Street
    Suite 2200
    Miami, FL 33130

    Miami-Dade: (305) 789-3200
    Fax: (305) 789-3395

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  • Tampa

    SunTrust Financial Centre
    401 East Jackson Street
    Suite 2200
    Tampa, FL 33602

    Phone: (813) 223-4800
    Fax: (813) 222-5089

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  • Fort Lauderdale

    New River Center
    200 East Las Olas Boulevard
    21st Floor (Penthouse A)
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

    Phone: (954) 462-9500
    Fax: (954) 462-9567

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  • Tallahassee

    Highpoint Center
    106 East College Avenue
    Suite 700
    Tallahassee, FL 32301

    Phone: (850) 580-7200

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