Daniel E. Smith II is an attorney whose practice areas include personal injury, social security disability, workers compensation, employment disputes, erisa, USERRA, litigation, and appellate cases. Mr. Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois to a middle class family. His father worked in the factory industry and his mother was in the service industry. Mr. Smith’s passion for justice started at an early age. Even as a child, he was known for protecting people and standing up for what is right. His interest in law grew naturally out of this fierce integrity, even having aspirations to become a police officer at one point.
He was raised in Orlando and graduated from Edgewater High School, which is down the street from the Coye Law Firm’s College Park location. At Edgewater, he was active in sports, including wrestling, football, weightlifting, and track and field. Mr. Smith was number one in his college and earned his undergraduate degree in legal studies with a minor in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida.
Mr. Smith chose to pursue law because he knew that the work of past attorneys helped people, including his own father, on a large scale. Without the enterprising plaintiff’s attorneys of the past, factories, products, and services would not be as safe as they are today. Dan started an internship at the Coye Law Firm in 2000 while he was still an undergraduate student and worked as a case manager in litigation.
He began work towards a Juris Doctor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. At UF, he served as Editor in Chief of the university’s Journal of Law and Public Policy and interned for the Honorable Martha Ann Lott, Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Alachua County. Mr. Smith performed his clinical training at the Gator Team Child Juvenile Law Clinic. During summer breaks from law school, Mr. Smith returned to the Coye Law Firm as a law clerk. He worked on several projects, such as appellate cases, litigation, and workers’ compensation. He graduated from the Levin College of Law with magna cum laude honors and was invited to become a member of the prestigious Order of the Coif.
He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2005. Mr. Smith enjoys being an attorney because of the many different people he meets and helps on a daily basis. He appreciates the opportunity to help change someone’s life or circumstances in the course of their case. He finds that clients and cases are always different, their experiences are valuable, and their conversation is intriguing. He is admitted to practice in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Tax Court, and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
When he gets away from his busy work schedule, Mr. Smith enjoys spending time with his family. He recently married his college sweetheart and the couple make it a priority to have breakfast every Sunday morning with his extended family. He likes lifting weights, traveling, watching movies, and reading.