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Member Spotlight: Grasford Smith

Grasford Smith

Grasford Smith, President of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation matters and is certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Circuit Civil Mediator. He has experience representing a diverse range of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, athletic leagues, technology companies, and a U.S. Congressman, in addition to a variety of small and medium-sized businesses. Grasford approaches dispute resolution as an opportunity to further his clients’ business goals. He develops comprehensive yet practical legal solutions by first understanding his clients’ business needs.

Grasford gained extensive dispute resolution experience at prestigious international law firms in New York and Washington, D.C. He handles local and national disputed matters concerning corporate governance, government enforcement actions, non-compete and confidentiality agreements, trade secrets, real estate matters, construction defects, franchises, products liability, intellectual property, eminent domain, and disciplinary/admission matters before the Florida Bar.

Notable Work Eminent Domain Dispute: Representation of a New York state development corporation in connection with the exercise of its eminent domain power to help clear the way for a $4 billion redevelopment project in Brooklyn, New York.

Congressman Election Challenge: Representation of a congressman in an election challenge which resulted in the congressman’s election to the U.S. House of Representatives. Online Travel Agency Breach of Contract Dispute: Representation of a major online travel agency in a breach of contract dispute with a gift card vendor resulting in a favorable settlement.

Marine Lighting Company Trial Court Injunction and Appeal: Representation of a marine lighting company in obtaining an injunction at trial court for violation of a non-compete agreement which was then successfully defended on appeal.

Construction Defect Cases of Equestrian Facility: Representation of an equestrian facility’s owner in settling a construction defect case of a horse rink at mediation.

Multimillion Dollar Buyout for Defense Contractor Shareholder: Representation of a defense contractor shareholder in a dispute with another shareholder regarding the purchase of shares, resulting in a multimillion dollar buyout for the client.

Marine Industry Retailer Trademark Dispute: Representation of a marine industry retailer and manufacturer in settling a trademark dispute.

Major University 501(c)(3): Representation of a major university in establishing a 501(c)(3) for a foundation.

501(c)(3) Purchase of For Profit Assets: Representation of a 501(c)(3) in the purchase of all the assets of a for profit corporation.

City Manager Employment Contract Dispute: Representation of a city manager in an employment contract dispute with a city resulting in a favorable settlement.

Multiple Third-Party Contract Disputes: Representation of South Florida hotels in numerous third-party contract disputes resulting in favorable settlements.

Dismissal of Americans with Disabilities Act Claim: Representation of South Florida hotel in defense of an Americans with Disabilities Act claim resulting in a dismissal.

Eviction of Commercial Tenants: Representation of commercial building owners in eviction of commercial tenants.

Charter School Dispute Against Donor: Representation of a charter school in a dispute against a donor resulting in favorable settlement.

Multiple Bar Grievance Matters: Representation of attorneys in multiple bar grievance matters resulting in no probable cause findings.

Law Firm Dispute with National Bank: Representation of law firm in dispute with national bank regarding payment of attorney fees resulting in a favorable settlement.

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