Richard W. Smith
Richard W. Smith

About Richard (Rick) W. Smith:

Rick Smith is a shareholder with the firm. Since 1999 he has practiced general civil litigation with a concentration in the areas of employment law litigation in both state and federal courts, including sexual harassment, gender discrimination, race and color discrimination, disability discrimination, Family and Medical Leave Act violations, overtime/wage and hour claims, and national origin discrimination.

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Location Orlando, FL
Location 407-843-2111
Location 407-422-1080
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Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law Litigation
  • State and Federal Level
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Gender Discrimination
  • Race and Color Discrimination
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Age Discrimination
  • National Origin Discrimination
  • Fair Labor Standard Act Clauses

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified County Civil Mediator
  • Mediator (Civil), Middle District of Florida Approved

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 2006


  1. Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida
    • J.D. - 1994
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Honors: Exchequer, Phi Delta Phi, 1992-1993
    • Law Review: Florida State University Law Review, Staff Editor, 1993 - 1994
    • Law Review: Florida State University Law Review, Associate Editor, 1992
  2. Florida State University
    • B.S. summa cum laude - 1991
    • Honors: Golden Key National Honor Society
    • Major: Criminology

Published Works

  • How the Fair Labor Standards Act Can Work For You, HR Florida Review, Winter, 2010

Representative Cases

  • Murray v. State, 692 So.2d 157 (Fla. 1997)
  • Campbell v. State, 679 So.2d 1168 (Fla. 1996)
  • Beagle v. Beagle, 678 So.2d 1271 (Fla. 1996)
  • Wilson v. The Krystal Co., 844 So.2d 827 (5th DCA 2003)
  • Boyd v. Goff, 828 So.2d 468 (5th DCA 2002)

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell's "AV" Rating, 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Florida Bar Association, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Sheppard & White, Associate, 1994 - 1999

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