Attorney Michael S. Smith of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC Named President of the American Board of Trial Advocates (Abota) Palm Beach County Chapter

West Palm Beach, FL, January 21, 2011 --( Attorney Michael “Mickey” S. Smith, a partner in Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC (LLL&S), has been named President of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Palm Beach County Chapter, serving a one-year term from 2011-2012.

ABOTA is a national, invitation-only association of experienced trial lawyers and judges who display skill, civility and integrity. A leader in the fight to preserve and protect a citizen’s right to a jury trial, ABOTA agrees with Thomas Jefferson, who was of the opinion that the right to trial by a jury of fellow citizens was a more important safeguard of personal liberty than the right to vote. ABOTA seeks to achieve a higher level of trial advocacy and also speaks out on behalf of Judges who are unfairly attacked. Founded more than 50 years ago in 1958, the organization consists of more than 6,300 lawyers and judges spread among chapters in all 50 States and the District of Columbia.

Smith, in his 26th year of practicing law in Florida, is board certified by both The Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, an independent rating determined by other lawyers and judges as the highest possible acknowledgment for both legal ability and general ethical standards. Following stringent peer review and evaluation, Smith is featured in The Best Lawyers in America 2010 directory in the practice areas of personal injury litigation and insurance law. He has also been named to the list of Florida Super Lawyers and has been recognized as a “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine for several years.

While he began his legal career representing insurance companies and their insureds, trying more than 100 trials in defense of claims involving serious personal injury, wrongful death, and insurance bad faith, he became frustrated because his talents were merely being used to minimize or defeat victims' claims rather than to help ordinary people who had valid claims. Since joining as a partner in Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, a firm with more legal roots in South Florida spanning more than 80 years focusing on personal injury, he limits his practice to representing individuals and families who have suffered serious personal injury, wrongful death, or have been victimized because of the bad faith practices of an insurance company.

Born in Williamson, West Virginia, he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Tech, and received a merit scholarship to the Duke University School of Law, where he was elected to the prestigious Order of the Coif, and earned his Juris Doctorate.

“With his respected track record as a skilled trial lawyer who practices with the highest standard of professionalism and ethics, Mickey Smith truly deserves this position,” notes Gary Lesser, managing partner of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith. “All of us at our Firm are proud that he is taking the leadership helm of the ABOTA Palm Beach Chapter to continue to honor the legal profession’s client-focused legal oath and guide ABOTA’s efforts to preserve and protect a citizen’s right to a jury trial as a safeguard of personal liberty.”

About Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC
Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC (LLL&S), the third oldest law firm in Palm Beach County, was established in 1927 by Joseph H. Lesser in West Palm Beach, and has been serving clients throughout Florida for more than 80 years focusing on serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. In 1960, son Shepard P. Lesser joined the Firm and carried on the legacy and remains active with the Firm today. Third generation and grandson, Gary S. Lesser, joined the Firm in 1992, and he is the Managing Partner of its growing offices in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Stuart.

LLL&S enjoys a reputation in the community for superior legal skills, hard work, client service, and high ethical standards. The Firm partners are "AV" rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating in ethics and legal ability. Its partners and associates have served in leadership positions for The Florida Bar, and Palm Beach County and Martin County Bar Associations. The Firm has obtained significant settlements and verdicts over the years and is well known to insurance companies and insurance defense lawyers as skillful advocates. This experience and reputation allows the Firm to obtain the best possible results for its clients. Very active in the community, the Firm has donated significant time and financial support to numerous charities. For more information, please call (561) 655-2028 or visit the Firm’s website at

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