Larry Smith defends American and global companies in complex, catastrophic, or otherwise high-exposure personal injury cases throughout Florida and the southeast. His clients range from small businesses to Fortune 10 companies including product, medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers, retail and hospitality, transportation, and insurance/reinsurance companies (and their insureds). He has been selected as a Super Lawyer for the past 10 consecutive years, (in 2017, one of only 2 attorneys in the State of Florida to be included in the Business Edition for the area of Product Liability), listed among Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite, and ranked as AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. Through additional peer nomination and election, he is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, Member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, and Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. Larry has served on both The Florida Bar Civil Rules of Procedure Committee and Code and Rules of Evidence Committee.
Larry is a founding Partner of Southern Trial Counsel | PLC in Orlando, Florida.
A firm believer that we make a living by what we earn, but we make a life by what we give, Larry has long been active in the profession and in professional organizations on a local, state and national level. Some of Larry’s diversity and inclusion activities include:
First openly gay attorney asked to address The Florida Bar on diversity issues and assisted in development of the first training manual on diversity sensitivity;
First openly gay attorney to serve on the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (Chair, Diversity Subcommittee three terms);
Charter member, and eventual Chair, of The Florida Bar Equal Opportunities in Law Section;
The Florida Bar Leadership Academy;
The Florida Bar Special Committee on Diversity and Inclusion;
The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion;
The Florida Bar Professionalism Committee;
Diversity Law Institute, Advisory Board;
Former chair of the Diversity Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation’s Ethics and Professionalism Committee;
Former Co-Chair of the Defense Research Institute’s Diversity Committee;
Former Chair of the Diversity Committee of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance;
Current Co Vice-Chair of the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Diversity Committee;
Current member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel’s Diversity Committee;
Current Chair of the Orange County Diversity & Inclusion Committee;
Founder, former President and Member of the Board of Directors, Central Florida Gay & Lesbian Law Association – the second such voluntary bar association in the state;
Surrounded by armed undercover policemen on the steps of Orlando’s City Hall, Larry helped successfully champion employment, housing and public accommodations equality for Orlando’s LGBT citizens for which he was named Co-Person of the Year 2002.
Larry is a frequent national author and speaker on diversity issues.
Larry is the recipient of the following notable awards:
The Florida Bar G. Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award;
The Florida Bar Young Lawyer Division Diversity Award 2016 (for “his Commitment to Diversity in the Legal Profession”);
Defense Research Institute Sheryl J. Willert Pioneer Diversity Award, 2015 (for “for demonstrated commitment to diversity in the legal profession”);
The Litigation Counsel of America’s Inaugural Peter Perlman Service Award, 2015 (recognizing those who “contribute in meaningful ways to society by giving back their time and resources in an effort to improve the lives of others”);
The American Bar Association Section of Litigation Diversity Leadership Award 2013 (for “commitment to promoting full and equal participation in the legal profession through the encouragement and inclusion of women, people of color, persons with disabilities and/or persons of differing sexual orientations and gender identities); and
Florida Bar Henry Latimer Diversity Award 2013 (for “His Wonderful Contributions To Advancing Diversity In The Legal Profession”).
Larry is the first openly gay attorney to receive any of those awards and the only person to win all of them. He continues to write and speak about the importance of diversity and inclusion; for example, recently addressing the University of Florida Law School’s Diversity & Inclusion event celebrating the LGBT community, and is scheduled to address the International Association of Defense Counsel at its annual conference in Scottsdale, Arizona on February 20, 2017 on the impact of the Pulse shooting on the LGBT community.
Larry obtained his B.S. from the University of North Alabama With Great Honor in 1979 and his J.D. from the University of Alabama in 1984. He is a member of The Florida Bar, Alabama Bar, U.S. Supreme Court, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Central Districts of Florida.
Larry recently celebrated his 20th anniversary with partner/spouse, Clayton Glover. They are the proud parents of Jennifer, a lawyer in Orlando, and Marybeth, a director of a Ph.D. program at Emory University in Atlanta.