|FL||Member in Good Standing||1997||01/30/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Paul Harris Fellowship Award||Rotary Club of Clearwater, Florida||2014|
|Associate||Carey and Leisure||2014 - Present|
|Partner||McGuire Law Offices||1996 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor||St. Petersburg College||2008 - 2014|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Clearwater Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|St. Petersburg Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|David Farmer vs Mark Baker, et al.||Successful verdict for Plaintiff|
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|Thomas M. Cooley Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|State University of New York at Buffalo||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1991|
|St. Petersburg College - HEC Campus||Teach Family Law each semester at the college||2008|
Posted by Debbie
He wasn't my attorney, he was my ex-husband's and I was pro se. He has done a lot of work because I didn't have an attorney. Always honest and open. If I ever need an attorney again, I will definitely look at hiring him.
Posted by Janet
I hired Mr. Smitten for a family law case based on an excellent experience with another attorney in the firm he works for. From the beginning Mr. Smitten seemed arrogant and acted as if he were doing me a favor. I thought I was imaging things but should have seen it as a red flag. He didn't care to answer my questions, causing me to have to ask him the same things several times. He then would respond rudely about multiple emails when all he had to do was answer my questions, which he seemed to feel he was above. He didn't keep me up to date on court dates, I'd often hear about dates from my adult children and have to ask him if there were dates set, only then would I find out. He didn't prepare me for what would happen so I went to court totally unprepared. I thought he was going to state my position in court, like the opposing attorney did for her client but was caught off guard when I was to answer questions directly from the court and was totally unprepared. The worst part was he kept at least one correspondence he wrote to the opposing attorney from me, where he gave information about another case the firm he worked for did, without my knowledge or permission when I specifically asked him not to- but he believed he had every right. He was also supposed to ask the court to order my attorney fees to be paid by the other party, but instead he asked for additional fees for himself when we had a flat fee contract. I didn't know about this until his request was granted by the court, again he did not do as I asked in my case. I had to ask to see what he requested as he didn't show me in advance. I made it clear I wanted to see everything in advance but he didn't seem to think it was necessary. I wouldn't recommend Mr. Smitten for family law cases, this was a horrible learning experience for me. In retrospect, our personalities clashed from day 1 and I should have found another attorney. People should listen to their instinct about an attorney and chose the best one for your personal case. Contact ACAP so they can look into complaints about bad attorneys.
Posted by Rick Klingenstein
I have used John in the past for my divorce and for a fraud case against me... No fuss no muss I gave him the info he needed to do his job and he did it! He never even bothered me with multiple phone calls or emails. When things were done I got a letter informing me of victory. Yes I have recomended John Smitten..
Jarica Cairns, Divorce and separation Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
John is certainly a force to be reckoned with. I enjoyed working with John as opposing counsel on a hotly contested case. John is a hardworking attorney who I personally believe does not sleep because he is always working for his clients. I would highly recommend John for both a family law matter and a personal injury matter to his firm. Above all else, he's a good guy to know.
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