Jose Smith

Attorney

Office phone: 305-374-7349

jsmith@bmolaw.com

Office Location: Miami

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PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

Jose Smith joined Bryant Miller Olive’s Litigation Practice Group and Local Government Practice Group in 2018.  Mr. Smith graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Law in 1973.  After gaining considerable litigation and appellate experience at a prestigious Miami law firm, Mr. Smith founded his own firm in North Miami Beach in 1983.  He was a Florida Bar Board Certified Trial Lawyer from 1992-1997.  In 1997, he was elected to the Miami Beach City Commission where he served with distinction until 2005.  Thereafter, he was unanimously appointed to serve as Miami Beach city attorney, holding the position until 2014.  He then served as city attorney in North Miami Beach until 2018.  Over the last 20 years, Mr. Smith has been involved in virtually all aspects of local government law.  From complex litigation to Sunshine Law, Public Records, governments ethics, and procurement transactions, Mr. Smith has developed a unique, well rounded expertise in identifying complex legal problems and finding practical solutions for his municipal clients.  He currently serves as Special Magistrate for the City of North Miami.

EDUCATION

College: University of Florida, B.A. (with honors) 1971

Law School: University of Florida, College of Law, J. D. (with honors) 1973

BAR ADMISSIONS

The Florida Bar (1974)

COURT ADMISSIONS

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer (1992-1997)

Florida Bar Grievance Committee (1993-1995)

Florida Bar Fee Arbitration Committee (1997-1998)

Florida Bar Standing Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law (1983-1988)

Miami Beach Bar Association

Miami Dade County League of Cities Legal Advisory Committee

American Arbitration Association (1978-1990)

HONORS & AWARDS

South Florida Legal Guide, “South Florida’s Top Government Attorneys” (2012)

Florida Trend’s Magazine, “Florida Legal Elite” (2008)

CIVIC ACTIVITIES

Miami Beach City Commissioner (1997-2005)

Chair, City of Miami Beach Finance and Citywide Projects Committee (2001-2005) oversaw issuance of city bonds.

Chair, City of Miami Beach Community Affairs Committee (1998-2001)

Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (2001-2005)

Chair, City of Miami Beach City Attorney’s Oversight Committee (1998-2005)

Miami Beach Planning Board (1996-1997)

Miami Beach Community Development Advisory Committee (1994-1996)

Chairman, Normandy Shores Neighborhood District Advisory Council (1994-1996)

Miami Beach Charter Review and Revision Board (1992-1993)

Jackie Gleason Theater Booking Policy Committee (1992-1993)

Miami Beach Tourist and Convention Center Expansion Authority (1986-1991)

Founder, Mt Sinai Medical Center Foundation (2006-Present)

Board of Directors, Normandy Shores, Homeowners Association (1992-1997)

General Counsel, North Miami Beach Community Redevelopment Agency

Trustee, Pension Board for Management Employees

Member, Evaluation Committee for Selection of North Miami City Attorney (2017)

Fundraising for non profit and charitable organizations

Golden Angels, Jackson Memorial Hospital Foundation