Christopher J. Smith
C.J. Smith and Kaely Smith Frye are a father-daughter team that own Smith & Frye, P.A. C.J. attended law school at the University of Oxford, Oxford, England and Florida State University, where he graduated cum laude in 1978. C.J. has received Martindale Hubbell’s AV® PREEMINENT™ (highest rating) for more than 30 consecutive years. C.J. has been named a Florida Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers™ magazine in consecutive years.
C.J. earned various law school academic awards, including Florida State University Law Review and Order of the Coif. C.J. held various Bar leadership roles including the Lake County Bar Association (President – 1995); The Florida Bar Fifth Circuit Unlicensed Practice of Law committee (Chairman – 2000); Lake County Bar and Bench committee (Chairman – 1997); and Lake County Family Law Bar (President – 2004).
Although Mr. Smith has argued death penalty cases in the Florida Supreme Court, he has, for several decades, concentrated his practice in Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate and Guardianship. Among other things, C.J.’s family law practice includes an emphasis on high-end and complex business issues.
Although C.J. has won many hard-fought battles through the years, he is most proud that Kaely, his daughter, has practiced law with him for more than 10 years. When a client hires one of them, the client frequently receives the benefit of both, as they regularly discuss and evaluate their respective cases.
Kaely and C.J. practice their boutique style of law in the beautiful town of Mount Dora, Florida. They are joined by their paralegals, Erica Wilhelm, who has worked with C.J. for 31 years, and Katie Roden, who has worked with Kaely for 6 years. They are a united team.
C.J. and Carol have been married 39 years. They have two outstanding children, Matt and Kaely, and five wonderful grandchildren.