Weston F. Smith

Weston F. Smith is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida. He attended St. Petersburg Catholic High School, The University of Florida (B.A. 1989), and Cumberland School of Law (J.D. 1992). He served as an Assistant State Attorney for Bernie McCabe in Pinellas County, Florida, from 1992 to 1997. Between 1997 and 2000 Mr. Smith practiced insurance defense litigation, defending insureds in automobile and general liability lawsuits. Between 2000 and 2004 Mr. Smith was with the law firm of Deacon & Moulds, P.A., where he defended health care providers in medical malpractice and long term care lawsuits. He became a shareholder at that firm in 2004, whereupon it was renamed Deacon, Moulds and Smith.

Mr. Smith left that practice to become a shareholder at Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. where he concentrates his practice on medical malpractice, legal malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death claims.

Mr. Smith’s professional appointments, honors and offices held include the following:

Professional Appointments and Offices held

The Florida Bar
Member, 1992 – present
Member, Trial Lawyers Section Executive Council 2014 – present
Teachers Law School Committee Member
Handbook on Discovery Practice Committee Member

Admitted To:
All Florida Courts
US District Court – Middle District of Florida
US District Court – Southern District of Florida
Eleventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals

St. Petersburg Bar Association
Member, 2000 – present
Chair, Trial Practice Section, 2011-2013
Chair, Solo & Small Firm Section, 2014 – present
Member, Executive Committee, 2013 – present

American Board of Trial Advocates, Tampa Bay Chapter
Member, 2012, present

Honors

“AV” Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated
Faculty Member, Florida Bar Advanced Trial Advocacy Program

2014 – present

Publications

2010 Florida Handbook on Civil Discovery Practice, Chapter 11:
Discovery of Lawyer-Client Privileged Communications

2013 Florida Handbook on Civil Discovery Practice, Chapter 13:
Discovery of Lawyer-Client Privileged Communications

Cross Examining the Plaintiff’s Expert at Trial:
It’s Not Brain Surgery…Even If It Is Brain Surgery, DRI –
Trials and Tribulatinons, Fall 2006