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J. Ron Smith

J. Ron Smith was born and raised in Wauchula, Florida.

He served in the United States Marine Corps before graduating from the University of Florida in 1962. He attained his Juris Doctorate degree from Stetson University College of Law in 1967. Thereafter, he clerked at the Second District Court of Appeals, and served Hardee County as its Prosecuting Attorney. Since 1970, J. Ron Smith has practiced in Lakeland in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice. He now practices in the Sebring office of Lilly, O’Toole, & Brown.

Mr. Smith is a former President of the Florida Justice Association, having previously served as a member of the Board of Directors, secretary and treasurer. He is past chairman of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar, a sustaining member of the American Association for Justice, and past president of the Lakeland Bar Association. Mr. Smith is an AV Rated lawyer, the highest rating established by Martindale Hubbell, the agency which provides attorneys’ ratings throughout the United States.

Mr. Smith lives in Highlands County with his wife, Sheila. They have two children and four grandchildren. They are active members of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church.

More than 200 Years Experience in Civil Trial Law


From serious injury to wrongful death claims, our firm has an impressive list of cases.

Awards & Memberships

  • The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division
  • The Florida Bar Board Certified
  • Million Dollar Advocates
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Super Lawyers
  • NBTA
  • Top 100
  • Florida Justice Association

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