Schuyler A. Smith is an associate in the firm’s Miami, Florida office. Ms. Smith was born and raised in Mandeville, Jamaica. Ms. Smith obtained her Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law and her Bachelor of Science in Political Science, with honors, from the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. While in law school, Ms. Smith served as an Editor for the St. Thomas Intercultural Human Rights Law Review, and was active in the Moot Court and Mock Trial Programs. Ms. Smith served as both a competitor and coach for the Moot Court Team, and wrote the brief for the winning team in the 2008 Robert Orseck Memorial Moot Court Competition. Ms. Smith also served as an intern to the Honorable Chief Judge David Gersten of the Florida District Court of Appeal, Third District. Ms. Smith was also the recipient of book awards in Appellate Advocacy and Legal Thought.
Ms. Smith began her legal career as a trial attorney for the State of Florida Department of Children and Families where she prosecuted parents who abused, abandoned, or neglected their children, and litigated dependency and termination of parental rights cases. Subsequently, Ms. Smith worked at a large Florida Defense firm where she handled complex business litigation, including business torts, community association litigation, professional liability defense, labor and employment litigation, class actions and complex business disputes.
Ms. Smith currently represents hotels, international businesses, physicians and medical providers, major cruise lines, product manufacturers and distributors, transportation companies, and underwriters, including major marine domestic and international underwriters, in state and federal court.
Ms. Smith is admitted to practice in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
PRACTICE AREAS Admiralty and Maritime Claims Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Defense Sexual Assault Claims Labor and Employment Negligent Security Claims Product Liability Premises Liability Mass Tort and Class Actions Medical Malpractice Defense Americans with Disabilities Act Claims Class Actions Complex Business Disputes
EDUCATION J.D., St. Thomas University School of Law, 2009 B.S., The University of the West Indies, 2006
BAR ADMISSIONS Florida U.S. Virgin Islands
COURT ADMISSIONS Florida U.S. District Court for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida U.S. Virgin Islands U.S. States District Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands
MEMBERSHIPS Caribbean Bar Association, Past President (2012-2013) Dade County Bar Young Lawyers Section: Board of Directors (2011-2013) Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, Board of Governors: 11th Circuit Governor (2011-Present) American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division: Diversity Scholar (2012-Present), Vice Chair, Women in the Profession Committee (2013-2014) Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association: Member (2010-Present) Domestic Violence Division of the 11th Judicial Circuit: Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem (2012-Present) 2013 Florida Bar Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy Fellow (Inaugural Class) Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)