Alison Smith is originally from Black River, St. Elizabeth and spent several years growing up in Mandeville, Manchester Jamaica.
Alison is a former partner at the law firm of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole and Bierman, and is currently Of Counsel with the firm. She graduated magna cum laude from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center in 2003. In almost two decades of practice, she has handled a myriad of legal issues, but for over a decade has focused her practice on labor & employment and municipal matters.
She has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout her years of practice including several for being an up and coming lawyer under the age of forty, by entities such as the South Florida Business & Wealth Journal, the Miami Herald, the Daily Business Review, the South Florida Business Journal, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Florida Diversity Council, Florida Super Lawyers, Caribbean National Weekly, the International Career and Business Alliance, the Caribbean American Heritage & Culture Organization, Legacy Magazine, among others. She has also provided advice and commentary both on radio and television concerning cutting edge labor and employment topics, and is a member of a number of organizations including the Florida Association of Women Lawyers.
Alison is a trailblazer in the legal profession in South Florida and has served on the board and been the head of Legal Aid of Broward County, The Caribbean Bar Association and she is currently President-Elect of the Broward County Bar Association. Alison will be the first woman of color to be President of the Broward County Car Association. She also sits on the Board of Governors of the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center.
She spearheaded several initiatives to showcase and inspire people of color in their college career such as “Aspire to Inspire” at Miami Dade College where students hear from minorities and immigrants who have struggled and achieved success in their various fields.