George Smith is a shareholder at Bryant Miller Olive and has been with the firm since 1999. He has served as Bond Counsel, Disclosure Counsel, Underwriters’ Counsel and specialized Issuer’s Counsel to a variety of issuers of tax-exempt debt totaling over $23 billion in principal amount borrowed.
Mr. Smith chairs Bryant Miller Olive’s School District practice and has participated in borrowings by more than 35 different School Boards in the State of Florida. Such School Districts have issued General Obligations Bonds, Certificates of Participation, Sales Tax Bonds, Tax Anticipation Notes, Revenue Anticipation Notes, Qualified Zone Academy Bonds, and Qualified School Construction Bonds.
Mr. Smith serves as bond counsel to the State of Florida Division of Bond Finance and has issued bond counsel opinions on debt issued by the Division on behalf of the Florida Lottery, the Department of Transportation Seaport Investment Program, Florida State University, the University of Florida, Florida International University, the University of Central Florida, and Florida A&M University, for various dormitory, parking garage, and transportation capital improvements.
Mr. Smith serves as bond counsel and underwriters’ counsel to a variety of Community Development Districts throughout the State of Florida.
He represents several housing finance authorities as Bond Counsel, including the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, and housing finance authorities in Miami-Dade County, Volusia County, Pinellas County, Hillsborough County and Clay County.
Mr. Smith also serves as bond and disclosure counsel to Florida’s three legislatively-created governmental entities that provide residential and commercial property and casualty insurance, reinsurance and the handling of the claims to insolvent property and casualty insurance companies for the owners of certain properties in the State of Florida. He provides bond and disclosure counsel services to Citizens Property Insurance Corporation; disclosure counsel services to the State Board of Administration Finance Corporation; and bond counsel services to Florida Insurance Guaranty Association.
Finally, Mr. Smith serves as bond counsel to a variety of Florida cities, counties, bridge authorities, gas authorities and water and sewer districts.
Mr. Smith is often asked to speak on Public Finance related topics to organizations such as the Florida Bar, the Florida Governmental Finance Officers Association, and the Florida School Finance Officers Association.
Mr. Smith is listed in the Municipal Bond Attorneys’ section of The Bond Buyer’s Municipal Marketplace and is a member of The Florida Bar and National Association of Bond Lawyers. Mr. Smith graduated with honors from the Florida State University College of Law and was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1998. Mr. Smith also received a degree in Finance from Florida State University where he was a member of The International Economics Honor Society and the Seminole Torchbearers Council of 100.
Prior to becoming a member of The Florida Bar, he clerked with the Florida Department of Banking and Finance and was a Legal Extern to Judge Lewis M. Killian Jr., at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Florida. Mr. Smith has been active in numerous civic and community activities, including volunteer work for the American Red Cross, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tallahassee and as a mentor in the Take Stock in Children program through Tallahassee Community College.
College: Florida State University – B.S. – Finance, 1995
Law School: Florida State University – J.D., , Cum Laude, 1998
Tallahassee Leon-County Chamber of Commerce, Board member, 2013 and 2014
Leadership Tallahassee, Chair 2015, Board member 2012 through present
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tallahassee, Volunteer
Better Business Bureau, Volunteer Arbitrator
Seminole Torchbearers Council of 100, Member
The International Economics Honor Society, Member
American Red Cross Disaster Relief and Disaster Preparedness, Volunteer