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Christopher Douglas Smith

About me

Christopher D. Smith received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) and his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.). A long time resident of Florida, Mr. Smith also graduated from Pine View School in Sarasota. He is members of the bars of Florida, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Mr. Smith started his career with the international lawfirm of Dechert LLP in 2001, and then joined the Florida Bar in 2002. He returned to Florida in 2005 to pursue a solo practice. His practice areas include litigation, bankruptcy, guardianship, real estate, and estate planning. Outside of work, Mr. Smith is a high school football official, an avid boater, and father of three.


Mr. Smith is Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification.


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
    14 years, 200 cases
  2. Bankruptcy & Debt: 40%
    14 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Personal Injury: 8%
    14 years, 80 cases
  4. Estate Planning: 7%
    14 years, 180 cases
  5. Real Estate: 5%
    14 years, 200 cases



Hourly ($200-270/hour), contingent (25-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Gerald F. O'Brien

    I endorse this lawyer. Chris is an intelligent, skilled, and compassionate attorney who always considers his clients best interests first.


    Gerald O'Brien Guardianship Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Sergio Cabanas

    I endorse this lawyer. After reviewing attorney Smith's history as well as his insightful answers to questions posted on Avvo, I believe he is a trustworthy source of legal information and experience.


    Sergio Cabanas Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info


5391 Lakewood Ranch Blvd N
Suite 203
Sarasota, FL, 342408617


FLMember in Good Standing200209/08/2015
DCActive 200201/31/2007
VAAuthorized to practice law200109/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono AwardDechert LLP2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneySmithLaw2012 - Present
Managing PartnerSmith and Dine P.A.2010 - 2011
Managing AttorneyChristopher D. Smith, P.A.2005 - 2009
AssociateDechert2001 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Sarasota County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In Re RasmussenTrustee's Objection Overruled
Colaizzi v. MatneyJudgment for Plaintiff
Emerence Stickle v. Raymond M. GarciaJudgment for Plaintiff for $1,531,751.86
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Publication nameTitleDate
Christopher D. Smith P.A.Guide to Filing Bankruptcy in Southwest Florida2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Harvard UniversityGovernment/EconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1998