Geoff and Susan Smith are not only law partners, but life partners as well. This husband and wife team left a well-established Tallahassee law firm and founded Smith & Associates in 2006 with the goal of “doing things differently.” They wanted to create a business-focused law firm where providing high quality work is more important than meeting billable hour goals and where family time takes priority over face time–not an easy goal in a law practice where hundreds of millions of dollars are routinely at stake.
The idea not only worked, but the firm has flourished, growing to two offices with a team of lawyers located in Melbourne and Tallahassee. The firm boasts a client list that includes several publically traded companies, the world’s largest hospital company, and many small and medium-sized local businesses.
The key to the firm’s success is careful selection of experienced lawyers. Susan, who clerked for the Florida Supreme Court and was the Valedictorian of her law school class, places tremendous emphasis on hiring talented, experienced lawyers. All of the firm’s partners are currently “AV-rated” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards achievable.
Geoff emphasizes that the firm’s focus on government and business
law demands highly qualified attorneys with good moral compasses. The firm advises clients on complex legal problems involving all facets of government regulations of the business world. Geoff explains, “clients don’t pay us to be told why they can’t do something; it’s our job to figure it out.”
When asked how they handle being together so much, Susan explains that it allows them to control their schedules, instead of being pulled in different directions by their careers.
Geoff agrees, saying, “If we did not practice together, we would only see each other passing through airport terminals.”
Smith & Associates
3301 Thomasville Road Suite 201
Tallahassee, FL 32308
1499 S. Harbor City Blvd. Suite 202
Melbourne, Florida 32901