Alison Smith is a Partner in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office focusing her practice on Employment and Labor Law. Alison has significant experience handling all aspects of employment and labor law including conducting training and employee investigations, engaging in collective bargaining with various unions and providing advice and counsel to private and public entities regarding existing and emerging laws such as the ADA, Florida Civil Rights Act, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, and others. Alison has five reported cases in Florida’s Third and Fourth District Court of Appeals. She has also spoken and presented at several municipal and labor and employment seminars throughout the state.
In addition to practicing law, Alison is very involved in professional and civic causes. She is an active member of the Nova Southeastern University Board of Governors and Keiser University’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board, and secretary for the Broward County Bar Association. She is a past chair of Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Inc., and past president of the Caribbean Bar Association.
Alison has received a number of accolades and honors for her legal work. Among many other acknowledgments and awards, she was named a Florida Super Lawyers-Rising Star for five years straight, a Rising Star by the Daily Business Review, one of the top individuals under 25 by the Miami Herald, and a Top Up and Comer by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, South Florida Legal Guide (four years in a row), and also by the South Florida Business and Wealth Magazine. She was also named by the distinguished Caribbean newspaper, Caribbean National Weekly as one of the Top 20 Distinguished Jamaican Youth Under 40 in 2016. In addition, both Legacy Magazine and the South Florida Diversity Council named Alison one of the Most Influential Women in South Florida.
Alison has been interviewed by local news stations and has appeared on the radio several times regarding various labor and employment topics.
Alison earned her Juris Doctor degree from Nova Southeastern University Law School where she graduated magna cum laude. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Legal Studies from Nova Southeastern University where she graduated summa cum laude.