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  • Basic Information

  • Company
    Partner at Akerman LLP
  • Phone
    5618019119
  • Mobile phone
    5618019119
  • Email
    grasford.smith@akerman.com
  • What is your "why"? Why do you do what you do?
    To give back and to make a positive difference in the field of law.
  • About me
    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 “500 Leading Lawyers in America” by Lawdragon, “500 Most Influential Executives” by Florida Trend, “Corporate Executive of the Year” by Legacy Magazine, "National Black Lawyers Top 100," “Top Up and Comer” by South Florida Legal Guide, “Top 40 under 40” by South Florida Business Journal, “Daily Business Review Rising Stars," “Daily Business Review Distinguished Leader,” “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 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 Past President of the Epsilon Lambda chapter of Sigma Pi Phi (Boule) and life member and Assistant National General Counsel of Alpha Phi Alpha. He contributed financially to the Boule Scholars Foundation (Dubois Fellow), NYU School of Law (Weinfeld Fellow), and Florida Bar Foundation (Bar Fellow).

    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.
  • Profession
    Attorney
  • Title
    Litigation Partner
  • Hobbies and interest
    I pursue boxing as a hobby, and recently received a license from USA Boxing that allows him to judge and referee matches. I also remain an active alumnus of the Law School, currently serving on the advisory board of the Law Alumni of Color Association, which named him a 40 under 40 Rising Star in 2018.
  • Website
    https://www.akerman.com/en/
  • Contact Information

  • City / Town
    West Palm Beach
  • Describe your perfect referral
    I represent a diverse clientele, for example: Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and elected officials, a major league baseball team and a major online travel retailer. I handle 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.
  • State
    Florida
  • Zip
    33401
  • Country
    United States
  • LinkedIn Profile
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/grasfordsmith/
  • Education

  • College / University
    NYU
  • Graduation Year
    2005
  • Qualifying Questions: What are three questions we can ask clients to help pave the way for a referral? List them here.
    I partner with other attorneys on various legal matters.
  • Describe How You Would Like To Be Introduced Via Email
    Grasford