Kaely Smith Frye
Kaely Smith Frye of Smith & Frye, P.A. attended law school at Stetson University College of Law where she graduated magna cum laude in 2008. Kaely graduated with a class ranking of sixth out of 240 students. Kaely Smith Frye received the Book Award for the highest grade in her law school class in Family Law, Trust and Estates, and Florida Practice. Prior to law school, Kaely attended Florida State University and graduated magna cum laude in 2005.
Kaely has had the privilege of working with her father, C.J. Smith, since 2008. Kaely could not have found a better teacher, mentor, role model, law partner, and confidant. Kaely and C.J. work very closely together to strategize and collaborate on their cases.
Prior to joining her father in practice, Kaely clerked for the Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons where she assisted the Department of Justice Attorneys in rendering legal opinions on behalf of the Federal Government. Kaely also worked for the Staff Attorney’s Office for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County where she prepared proposed orders for the Judges.
Kaely has been recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer Rising Star® for the years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. This honor is given to the top 2.5% of lawyers in Florida under forty years of age. Kaely was named a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated Attorney for 2019. This means Kaely’s peers have ranked her at the highest level of professional excellence, for legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards. Kaely was awarded Pro Bono Attorney of the Year in 2010 for providing exemplary legal services to indigent citizens of Lake County, Florida.
Kaely has exercised leadership roles including serving as past President of Young Lawyers, 2012. Memberships include the Lake County Bar Association and Florida Bar Family Law Division.
Kaely concentrates her practice in Family Law, Estate Planning, Trusts, Probate, Adoption and Guardianship. Kaely handles cases in Lake County, Sumter County, Orange County, Marion County, and various other counties. Kaely handles probates all over the State of Florida.
Kaely is married to her best friend, Jon, and they have three daughters, Amelia, Caroline, and Elinor.