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Frederick D. Smith, Mediator & Arbitrator, Gainesville, Florida.

Frederick D. Smith

The Resolution Center
4719 NW 53rd Avenue, Suite A
Gainesville, FL 32653
Tel: (352) 381-9991
Fax: (352) 381-8298
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Began law practice with Rogers, Towers, Bailey, Jones & Gay in Jacksonville, Florida; Partner with McGalliard, Mills, deMontmollin, Smith & Monaco in Gainesville until appointed to the Alachua County Court in 1986. Specialized in civil litigation, and in commercial and real property transactions. President-elect, Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, prior to judicial appointment.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Intellectual Property
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Wrongful Death


J.D., University of Florida College of Law, 1973; Law Review. Admitted to Florida Bar, 1973; United States District Courts for Middle District, 1974, and Northern District, 1975.

Memberships & Affiliations

Alachua County Court Judge, 1986-1990 Circuit Judge 1991-2010. Administrative Judge for Civil Division and for Family Law Division.Chief Judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit, 2005-2009. Supreme Court Family Court Steering Committee, and Domestic Violence Subcommittee; Civil Rules Committee; Local Rules Committee; Judicial Evaluation Committee. Adjunct Professor, Trial Practice, UF College of Law;Faculty Member, Advanced Trial Advocacy Seminar, UF College of Law. Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator.

Rates Information

$325/hour. 2 hour minimum.

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