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Grasford Smith

Immediate Past President and Governance Committee Chair

Grasford Smith is a Litigation Partner with Akerman, a top 100 US law firm, in its West Palm Beach office. He is admitted to practice in NY, DC, FL, and the U.S. Supreme Ct. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America and is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He received numerous other honors, including “Corporate Executive of the Year” by Legacy Magazine, “National Black Lawyers Top 100,” “Top Up and Comer” by South Florida Legal Guide, “Daily Business Review Rising Stars,” “South Florida’s Most Powerful Black Professionals in Business” by Legacy Magazine, “Nation’s 40 Best Advocates under 40” by the National Bar Association, and “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers.

Mr. Smith practices complex business and intellectual property litigation, and transactional law and has represented a diverse clientele, including fortune 500 companies, government agencies and elected officials, a major league baseball team and a major online travel retailer. He gained experience at a Wall Street law firm and prestigious Florida firms and worked on “bet-the-company” matters involving billions of dollars, including contract disputes, shareholder and board of director disputes, non-competition and trade secret disputes, real estate and construction defects disputes, intellectual property disputes, government enforcement actions, and Florida Bar disciplinary matters.

Mr. Smith is charter member and President of the Epsilon Lambda chapter of Sigma Pi Phi (Boule) and life member and Assistant National General Counsel of Alpha Phi Alpha.  Mr. Smith is a frequently requested speaker and authored articles in numerous publications. He was featured in the Boule Journal, New York Law Journal, New York County Lawyer, and the Daily Business Review, etc.

Grasford Smith