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Christopher Douglas Smith

Real estate Attorney at Sarasota, FL

4.9   123 reviews

Licensed for 21 years

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    20%
    Chapter 7, Chapter 13, consumer and business, creditor and debtor representation

    22 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Estate planning
    20%
    Wills, powers of attorney, probate matters, trusts

    22 years, 500 cases

  3. Litigation
    20%
    civil disputes of any nature

    22 years, 200 cases

  4. Personal injury
    20%
    automobile accidents, medical malpractice, premises liability

    22 years, 104 cases

  5. Real estate
    20%
    Contracts, closing/title services and title insurance, disputes, deeds, mortgages, foreclosures, short sales

    22 years, 1,000 cases

DEBT CAN BE OVERWHELMING... GET A FRESH START. BOARD CERTIFIED ATTORNEY CHRISTOPHER SMITH CAN HELP.
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.
Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice

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Top Contributor 2012
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Licensed for 21 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2002
Updated 11/23/2022
State DC
Status Active
Acquired 2002
Updated 01/31/2007
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 2001
Updated 02/13/2017
State MD
Status Inactive - Retired
Acquired 2002
Updated 11/29/2022

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

Contact Christopher

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

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  123 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
Christopher received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
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 Tanya | November 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney!
I am so grateful to have found attorney Chris Smith. Chris helped me navigate a legal process with ease. He always communicated with me throughout every step of the process, answered all my questions, and was professional and kind in all interactions. He is not only highly experienced, he is also personable. I highly recommend Chris!
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Posted by Emily | November 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This is the law firm you should hire!
Chris Smith and his firm has handled 3 transactions for us. He is extremely knowledgeable and patiently answered all of our questions. His team is great and follows up with the details. His turn around time is quick and he gives you the pricing up front so you can make a solid decision. For the expertise and attention to detail that he and his staff provide, it is an excellent value. Jane, Terri and all the staff are friendly and caring. You need to hire Smith Law!
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Posted by Lisa | November 17, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
excellent service
Jane the paralegal who answers the phone is wonderful and kind. I have spoken with John B, another attorney and he is also patient, kind and very knowledgeable/ Would absolute reach out to this firm again.
Posted by Doug | November 17, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
Chris and his team did a fantastic job in helping me with estate planning. They fully addressed all of my questions and concerns and provided information to help me learn about the process. Quick and comprehensive follow up, friendly and professional. Many thanks to Chris, Jane, and the entire team!
Posted by Gabriele | November 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
After our very informative consultation, we moved forward and hired Chris to do our Estate planning. He answered all of our questions and we had a pleasant face to face signing . I wouldn’t hesitate to hire Chris again for any of our legal needs. Thank you Chris
Posted by Jerry | September 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My will
Just had my will completed along with durable power of attorney, and combination living will. Christopher Smith is a very competent attorney, and his staff were very helpful in this matter. I will continue to utilize his services.
Posted by Cathy Proske | September 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Chris Is a very competent lawyer with a great personality. He makes it very enjoyable to do business with him. Jane, his office manager, is an asset to his business.
Posted by Tracy | September 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent practice
Chris helped us set up a family trust and a few other things we needed in place for the trust. The process was easy. Great communication and fast turn around. His support staff is wonderful and a pleasure to work with as well. We are so happy we found Chris and his practice.
Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So very happy with Mr. Smith and his staff!
We needed assistance in setting up an escrow account for a boat we were purchasing from a private party. Chris Smith and Jane were so very clear and concise and explained Everything as it was happening. We have used his services also for estate planning. He’s always willing to meet and is just a phone call away. We are happy to have found an attorney in Sarasota, FL, that can assist us with so many legal issues.We completely recommend his legal services.
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Posted by Angie | May 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A cut above!
I found Chris and team through a random Google search after leaving a different law firm in tears (they were dismissive, seemed disinterested and uncompassionate). Smith Law is exactly the warm, compassionate team that I needed, and that everyone deserves. The legal documents were prepared quickly, and the fees were refreshingly reasonable. Chris explained everything in detail and with kindness and patience, and his staff was so accommodating and gracious. The facility and location are spectacular, and I will be using Smith Law for years...with confidence.
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Posted by David K. | March 3, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Clients count here!
With the recent passing of our dear mom, and subsequent sale of her home we inherited, left us with many questions and unknown tax issues. Our association with the Smith Law staff, and Chris himself were only consultation - twice - but it was their casual, no-pressure counsel and useful info that made us feel like these folks really care about answering your questions to your satisfaction, and hopefully, solving your problems. Highly recommended.
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Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Timely, Thorough Professional Service
I used Smith Law for a mortgage loan closing. Monica was the case rep. assigned to me. The entire process was handled in a very timely and professional manner. Communications were easy and the entire team was very pleasant to work with. I would definitely recommend Smith Law for any of their practice areas.
Posted by Amy | February 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best in Sarasota!
I was first introduced to Smith Law by a friend and client who had chosen the firm to handle their real estate closing. From my initial contact, It became abundantly clear to me that this is not your usual law firm. The level of service provided by Chris, Monica, Jane and Teri is a constant example that they put their client first. They excel not only in their knowledge and expertise, but take the time to ensure all matters are understood and handled timely and appropriately. Their responsiveness also deserves to be mentioned. Need an answer or help? You won't be waiting long and yet are never made to feel it's a bother. If you're looking for client focused, skilled professionals this is your firm. It surely will remain mine.
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Posted by Susan | January 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Quick and easy
Chris and his office staff made it easy to complete what I needed easily. During our online consultation he asked the right questions to understand what I needed.
Posted by James | January 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
Chris Smith is a highly competent lawyer and very professional in his client relationships. We recommend him without any reservations.
Posted by Chris | January 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chris Smith law firm is great!
My wife and I needed a new attorney and after speaking to a few we decided on Chris Smith. He was easy to speak with, very responsive and answered all of our questions in a clear down to earth way. When we need more legal help we will be calling again!
Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
retiree
Chris and his highly-professional staff were a pleasure to work with. Their pleasant and timely engagement exceeded our expectations for preparing our estate planning documents. We give him our highest recommendation.
Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
We needed assistance with estate planning, and we were referred to Smith Law. We could not be more pleased with service we received. Chris and team were extremely knowledgeable and professional throughout the entire process. We were especially impressed with the effort and time Chris spent to understand our unique situation and explain all of our options. We highly recommend Smith Law!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-370 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (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

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

Awards

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

Publications

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (11)
Endorse Christopher
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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