In Memoriam - Wm. Reece Smith, Jr.


It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of William Reece Smith, Jr., Carlton Fields' Chair Emeritus and shareholder, on January 11, 2013.

Mr. Smith served the legal community at all levels, and was the only American lawyer to have been president of a local bar, a state bar, the American Bar Association, and the International Bar Association. He was an extraordinary trial lawyer, role model, and mentor to many. Throughout his distinguished career, he set the gold standard for professionalism and commitment to pro bono service.

Cards of condolence should be sent to:

Mr. Reece Smith, III
18832 Rue Loire
Lutz, FL 33558  

In lieu of flowers, Mr. Smith's family requests that donations be made to one of the following organizations:  

Bay Area Legal Services for
The William Reece Smith, Jr. Endowment Fund
829 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., Suite 200
Tampa, FL 33602-3336  

The Florida Bar Foundation
250 S. Orange Ave., Suite 600P
Orlando, FL 32801-3362  

ABA Fund for Justice and Education
321 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654-4714  

Hillsborough County Bar Foundation for
The Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Building Endowment Fund
1610 North Tampa Street
Tampa, FL 33602  


To view his obituary, please click here.

To view the firm's press release, please click here.      

To read the ABA Journal's tribute, please click here.   

To download a slideshow of photos taken over the lifetime of Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., please click here.