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Attorney continues long-term professional involvement through new role with important industry governing authority

Miami, FL – Weiss Serota Helfman Cole + Bierman (WSHC+B) Partner Alison Smith is taking on another important role to advance Florida’s legal industry. Smith was elected to serve on The Florida Bar Board of Governors for a two-year term.

The Board of Governors has exclusive authority to formulate and adopt matters of policy concerning the activities of The Florida Bar, subject to limitations imposed by the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, and selects its executive director.

“This is a tremendous honor,” Smith said. “I take the responsibility ofA serving the legal profession and the public very seriously and will approach my role on The Florida Bar Board of Governors with that in mind. I greatly appreciate the support of my WSHC+B colleagues and industry peers.”

Based in WSHC+B’s Fort Lauderdale office, Smith focuses her practice on labor and employment, municipal, appellate, administrative and regulatory matters. She regularly represents public and private entities in connection with lawsuits brought pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII, the Florida Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and many other labor and employment laws. Smith also acts as outside counsel to several municipalities, assisting them in navigating matters relating to the complex and rapidly evolving labor and employment law landscape.

Smith’s lengthy track record of industry involvement culminated with her 2021 appointment as President-Elect of the Broward County Bar Association (BCBA). The following year, she became the first woman of color to serve as president of the nearly century-old organization.  

Other examples of Smith’s involvement include her currently serving on the membership committee for the Board of Governors of the Shepard Broad College of Law at Nova Southeastern University. Smith was appointed to the Southern District’s Ad Hoc Committee on Attorney Admissions, Peer Review, and Attorney Grievance in 2022 by Chief Judge Cecilia Altonaga.  Smith continues to sit on that committee, which is responsible for reviewing applications of attorney admission and investigating allegations of attorney misconduct referred by the court.  She is also a past president of the Caribbean Bar Association and past chair of the Board of Directors for Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Coast-to-Coast Legal Aid. 

Smith graduated magna cum laude from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law and earned a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Legal Studies from Nova Southeastern University.

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