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Christopher Douglas Smith

Real estate Attorney at Sarasota, FL

4.9   152 reviews
Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 21 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 21 years
    Maryland - MD 21 years
    Virginia - VA 22 years
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Inactive - Retired No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Associate No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    30%
    Contracts, closing/title services and title insurance, disputes, deeds, mortgages, foreclosures, short sales

    23 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Estate planning
    25%
    Wills, powers of attorney, probate matters, trusts

    23 years, 500 cases

  3. Bankruptcy and debt
    15%
    Chapter 7, Chapter 13, consumer and business, creditor and debtor representation

    23 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Litigation
    15%
    civil disputes of any nature

    23 years, 200 cases

  5. Personal injury
    15%
    automobile accidents, medical malpractice, premises liability

    23 years, 104 cases

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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.

Awards

Silver Client Champion
Client's Choice 2024,2023,2022,2021,2019,2015,2014,2013,2012,2011
Client's Choice
2024 2023 2022 + 7 ...
Top Contributor 2012
Top Contributor
2012

Location

SmithLaw

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  152 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
Client's Choice is an Avvo award granted to attorneys with a significant number of client reviews over 4 stars in a given year.
Posted by John W. | July 1, 2011
Excellant Attorney for Bankruptcy
Christopher made by Chapter 13 go very smoothly dealing with the court and Trustee. His paralegal Marci was extremely helpful in answering questions and keeping me informed throughout the entire process. I have since referred 4 friends to him. Would I hire him again? Absolutely
Posted by Jessica | March 7, 2012
Making The Absolute Best Out Of A Not So Nice Circumstance
I can not say enough about my experience with Christopher Smith and his most outstanding para legal, Marci Reedy. Having go though debt restructing and the whole process was less then easy. They made it as good as it gets and my family and I were able to accomplish our goals. We feel like we are getting our life back thanks to their efforts and expertise. Thanks, Chris, Marci and Logan!
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Posted by Beth | March 22, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review
Chris took the time we needed to explain in a manner we could understand. He is kind, professional, and thorough.
Posted by Mike | March 7, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Revocable Trust
Chris and his team, particularly Jane were pleasant to work with. They were extremely knowledgeable and able to address all of our questions and concerns when creating our Revocable Trust Documents. The process was efficient and effective with the entire process from start to finish and receiving a hard copy of the signed documents in less than two weeks. Would highly recommend Chris and his team!
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
GREAT TO WORK WITH
Smith Law is so great to work with . Chris helped us and Jane and him were both wonderful to work with !!
Posted by Rob | March 1, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smith Law Review
Updating our estate planning documents has been on our to do list for 2 years. We weren't looking forward to finding another attorney. We called Smith Law and after speaking with Chris Smith and Jane Plaisance we knew we found our law office. Chris took the time to explain everything. He answered all of our questions with no legal jargon making it very easy to understand the complex documents. We would highly recommend Chris Smith and his team to anyone looking to set up estate planning documents for the first time or updating existing documents.
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Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional attorney, great work!
Came in to have documents motorized and affidavit written. Chris was knowledgeable and professional, very satisfied
Posted by Cindy | January 30, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Chris Smith - excellent attorney
Chris was extremely helpful and informative when we met with him regarding an estate issue. We appreciated his knowledge and his comprehensive explanations and have already referred Chris to a friend of ours.
Posted by Mary | January 18, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney!
Chris is an amazing attorney, the best around. Chris helped me with a personal injury case and he also created a trust for me. He is extremely knowledgable and able impart that knowledge in an understandable way. Chris is so down to earth and friendly, he truly cares about his clients and answers all questions thoroughly. He is also very responsive. Chris's staff members are amazing - professional, friendly, knowledgable and responsive. I highly recommend Smith Law and have referred several people to him. All had the same experience and were very pleased.
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Posted by Mindy | December 12, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional Lawyer
Chris was extremely professional in answering all of my questions and discussing my concerns ahead of our meeting. It was very easy finalizing my Will, POA and Deed changes for my property. Jane, his Administrative Assistant is fantastic and could not do enough to make you comfortable through the process. I will continue to use this office for all legal matters that I may need.
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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Can't Thank Chris Smith Enough!
Thank you so much Chris for taking time to meet with my family at my time of need, in dealing with a death in the family. Your compassion is greatly appreciated, but your knowledge helped us in navigating the next steps. I can't commend how professional your staff is...how much we appreciate you getting us in as quickly as you did...and how you truly listen and care for your clients. I am so thankful that I have found a reputable attorney. I would HIGHLY recommend your law office to anyone!!!
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Posted by George | November 21, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
More than a lawyer
A few years ago Chris did some estate work for my daughter and did an excellent job. We have recently had some family issues, needed help and was not having much success with another attorney. I remembered Chris being a guy you can talk to. I called him for a consultation. We met and I left with a plan to help my family. If you want a lawyer who listens and problem solves with you, I recommend Chris.
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trust Package
Excellent service in preparing will, poa, etc. Very responsive into questions and concerns.
Posted by Tom | October 30, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Will and trust
Excellent service, very professional and nice people to work with … thank you for a job well done!!
Posted by Patricia Ellis | October 25, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Service
Christopher Smith and his staff provided excellent service and support for the drafting of my Last Will and Testament. All of my questions and concerns were met with care and professionalism.
Posted by Samuel | September 12, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superb
This man is a model of professionalism in law. Every instruction followed to the letter. Every question fully answered. Reasonable cost with prompt service. I think the Florida Bar would do well to hire him to train other attorneys.
Posted by Lynne and Jim | August 24, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney I have ever hired
Chris Smith provided Excellent performance on Real Estate transactions including Probates of 2 Wills in Florida, Analysis of Real Estate offers, and Updating our Estate Documents including New Wills and related Documents. Chris has extensive knowledge, expertise, and engages the Trust of Clients like us. His Staff is also Excellent!
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Posted by Matt | August 22, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Surpassed my expectations
My wife and I kept putting off getting a proper estate plan until I survived a "close call" on a hiking trip recently and realized that I should get my affairs in order when I got home. I asked one of my neighbors where I could find an attorney to draft an estate plan and she recommended Smith Law. After a thorough consultation with Chris Smith and his staff we ended up with a comprehensive estate plan that was understandable to us and met our end of life needs.
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Posted by Matt and Mary | August 18, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Efficient
We have have benefited from the expertise of Chris and his team for over 7 years. Chris always provides excellent advise and guidance and his team is very professional and efficient, providing the highest level of customer service. We highly recommend Smith Law!
Posted by Len & Deb | August 7, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Law Firm
We recently engaged Smith Law to set up a trust, wills and other end of life documents. Chris is extremally knowledgeable and very easy to work with as is his staff. We highly recommend them and will definitely use them for our future needs! Len & Deb
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 460-460 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • SmithLaw
  • 2012 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Smith and Dine P.A.
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Managing Attorney
  • Christopher D. Smith, P.A.
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Dechert
  • 2001 - 2005
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Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Harvard
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Colaizzi v. Matney
  • Judgment for Plaintiff
  • McDonnell v. Robey
  • Judgment for Plaintiff for $126,291.30
  • Emerence Stickle v. Raymond M. Garcia
  • Judgment for Plaintiff for $1,531,751.86
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Associations

  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Dechert LLP
  • 2003

Publications

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (11)
Endorse Christopher
Business Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Very professional and proficient at settling client matters as expeditiously and effectively as possible. The best attorneys have this trait."
Real estate Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is results-driven and a superb advocate for his clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is an intelligent, skilled, and compassionate attorney who always considers his clients best interests first."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Smith is a very intelligent and professional attorney. He is very responsible, organized and diligent in the handling of his cases. He treats his clients with respect and courtesy. I highly recommend this attorney."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is an outstanding attorney dedicated to doing the best for his clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have a number of clients that have been facing bankruptcy over the past few years. I have the pleasure of working closely with Chris on a number of these files. Chris has always given straight forward and honest advice and has been very responsive to the concerns of my clients."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Chris is very knowledgable about bankruptcy matters and I found him to be very responsive and professional. I would definitely recommend him."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Smith is well experienced and incredibly knowledgeable. He is my "go-to" man when it comes to all matters of bankruptcy and personal injury work."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He is a sharp mind who works extremely hard and will produce results."
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