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Burks Smith is a partner in the firm’s St. Petersburg, Florida office. Prior to joining Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP, Mr. Smith was a litigator with a Tampa Bay area defense firm.  He currently represents major insurance carriers in cases involving insurance coverage disputes, sinkholes and ground subsidence claims, hurricanes and other catastrophic weather events, water damage, mold, collapse claims, theft claims, and fire losses. In addition, Mr. Smith defends insureds in connection with litigation involving premises liability, construction defects, torts and personal injury, negligence, landlord liability, defamation, boating accidents, motor vehicle accidents, and other claims. He frequently lectures on liability and risk exposure faced by insurance carriers and their insureds.

Mr. Smith primarily practices in the areas of first party insurance defense, third party insurance defense, insurance coverage litigation, construction litigation, premises liability, negligence defense, and complex litigation/bodily injury matters.


  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 2005, cum laude
  • Stetson University, M.B.A., 2005
  • Stetson University, B.B.A., 2002 (Major: Finance, Minor: Business Law)


  • Bar
    • Florida
  • Court
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida