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J.D. is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Business Litigation Specialist, receiving his law degree from the University of Florida in 1990. His principal practice areas include construction law, business law and intellectual property litigation.


Prior to entering  law school, J.D. earned his M.B.A. degree from Louisiana Tech University, and worked for General Electric and W.R. Grace in marketing, manufacturing and finance. 


A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1977, J. D. spent six years on active duty flying the B-52 bomber. In 1983, J.D. joined the Air Force Reserve flying the AC-130 gunship at Duke Field, FL. From 1998 to 2002, he commanded the MC-130 Combat Shadow squadron at Eglin AFB, FL.  He is a veteran of Operations Desert Storm, Uphold Democracy,  and Joint Endeavor.  In September 2011, J.D. was mobilized for Operation Enduring Freedom and he commanded special operations aircraft flying combat missions in Afghanistan.  In 2002, he commanded the 321st Air Expeditionary Wing in Oman. J.D. retired in 2007 as a US Air Force colonel.




Practice areas


  1. Business: 50%
    25 years
  2. Construction & Development: 25%
    25 years
  3. Trademark Infringement: 10%
    25 years
  4. Intellectual Property: 10%
    25 years
  5. Patent Infringement: 5%
    25 years



Hourly ($250-300/hour)

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Contact info

1010 N 12th Ave, Suite 307
Pensacola, FL, 32501


FLMember in Good Standing199009/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Board Certified - Business LitigationFlorida Bar1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/CEOJames David Smith, PA2010 - Present
PartnerMcDonald Fleming Moorhead1998 - 2010
AttorneyEmmanuel, Sheppard & Condon1990 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Construction Specification Institute (CSI) Penscaola ChapterN/A2010 - Present
Pensacola American Inn of CourtMember2004 - 2007
Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
National Business Institute SeminarCollection Law - Florida2012
CSI PensacolaGuide Construction Liens in Florida2011
Lorman Education Services publicationCollection Law in Florida1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Louisiana Tech UniversityBusiness AdministrationMA - Masters1981
USAF AcademyEngineering SciencesBS - Bachelor of Science1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SeminarDeciding on a Legal Structure for Your Business2012
CSI Pensacola ChapterLien and Bond Claims - Florida2012
Collection and Bankruptcy LawCollection Law-Florida2012
SeminarRoles and Responsibilities of the Construction Team2008
SeminarCreating a Winning Record to Avoid Litigation2007