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Alison F. Smith Attorney Profile | Kelley Kronenberg

Alison F. Smith

Partner, Fort Lauderdale /

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.

  • Member, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Secretary, Broward County Bar Association
  • President, Caribbean Bar Association,  2012 – 2013
  • Secretary, Caribbean Bar Association, 2011 – 2012
  • Nova Southeastern University Board of Governors
  • Keiser University’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board
  • Past Chair, Legal Aid Service of Broward County
  • Past Chair, Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Inc.
  • Member, Florida Bar’s Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee
  • 17th Judicial Circuit’s Professionalism Panel
  • South Florida Legal Guide, “Top Up and Comer”, 2015 – 2020
  • South Florida Business and Wealth Journal, “Top up and Comer,” June 2019
  • Super Lawyers magazine, Florida “Rising Stars,”, 2014 – 2018
  • 2016 Caribbean American Heritage & Culture (CAHMUSA) Honoree, Caribbean American Heritage
  • Most Powerful and Influential Women in South Florida, Legacy Magazine, 2016
  • “Over the Rainbow Awards – Commitment to Public Interest Work”, Dade County Bar Association
  • Professionalism Award, Broward County Bar Association, 2016
  • “ICABA Rising Star Awards”, ICABA, 2015
  • Top 20 Distinguished Jamaican Youth Under 40 in So. Fla, Caribbean National Weekly, 2016
  • Most Powerful & Influential Woman Award, Florida Diversity Council, 2015
  • Top 40 Outstanding Attorney under 40, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2015
  • Coronavirus Concerns: Tips for a Healthy Workplace, Daily Business Review,  March 2020
  • “How I Became a Law Firm Partner: Kelley Kronenberg’s Alison Smith,” Daily Business Review, January 24, 2020
  • The Business of Law” Nova Law School Mentoring Program, 9/21/2018
  • International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR), June 21, 2018
  • “Medical Marijuana And Its Impact On Our Communities”, Florida City and County Management Association, June 2018
  • “The Pathway To A Career In The Law”, Miami Dade College, March 2018
  • “Jamaica Diaspora Conference”, Kingston Jamaica, July 25, 2017 
  • “Labor & Employment Law”, South Florida Chapter of IPMA-HR
  • “Medical Marijuana Issues Affecting Local Government Including Land Use And Labor Issues”, Florida City and County Management Association, 2017
  • “Mentor/Mentee breakfast”, Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad Law Center
  • “City’s Let’s Talk Town Hall Public Safety Meeting”, Miramar Town Center August 25, 2017
  • “Florida Law” Talk radio show produced by the Broward County Bar Association
  • “Discovery in Arbitration”, Broward County Bar Association
  • “Legal News and Review – labor and employment topics”, Radio Show 90.9FM and 103.9 FM
  • “Labor & Employment Discussion”, Barry University
  •  “Building Your Personal Brand”, Florida Diversity Council’s Women’s Empowerment Conference

Contact Information

Practice Areas

Admissions

  • Florida
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Education

  • Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2003
  • Nova Southeastern University, B.S., summa cum laude, 2000