City Attorney Jose Smith

Jose Smith has been City Attorney since May 29th, 2014.

Professional Experience

  • City Attorney, City of Miami Beach 2006 to 2014
  • Smith and Supraski, P.A. 1983 to 2006
  • Feldman Abramson, Smith Magidson and Levy 1978 to 1983
  • Feldman and Abramson, P.A. 1974 to 1978

Professional Admissions / Certifications

  • Florida Supreme Court
  • U.S District Court, Southern District of Florida

Professional Memberships

  • Florida Bar Member since 1974
  • Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer (1992-1997)
  • Florida Bar Grievance Committee (1993-1996)
  • Florida Bar Fee Arbitration Committee (1993-1995)
  • Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee (1997-1998)
  • Florida Bar Standing Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law (1983-1988)
  • Miami Beach Bar Association
  • Miami-Dade County League of Cities Legal Advisory Committee

Education

  • University of Florida, B.A. (with Honors) (1971)
  • University of Florida, College of Law J.D., (with Honors) (1973)

Public Service

  • Miami Beach City Commissioner, (1997-2005)
  • Chair, City of Miami Beach Finance and City Wide Projects Committee (2001-2005)
  • Chair, City of Miami Beach Community Affairs Committee (1998-2001)
  • Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (2001-2005)
  • Chair, City of Miami Beach City Attorney’s Oversight Committee (1998-2005)
  • Miami Beach Community Development Advisory Committee (1994-1996)
  • Chairman, Normandy Shores Neighborhood District Advisory Council (1994-1996)
  • Miami Beach Charter Review and Revision Board (1992-1993)
  • Jackie Gleason Theater Booking Policy Committee (1992-1993)
  • Miami Beach Tourist and Convention Center Expansion Authority (1986-1991)
  • Board of Directors, Normandy Shores, Homeowners Association (1992-1997)

Major Legislation Authored or Sponsored as Elected Official

  • "Vendor Ordinance"; prohibiting campaign contributions by city vendors
  • "Cone of Silence" - protects integrity of the competitive bid process from undue influence by lobbyists
  • "Conflict of Interest" legislation prohibiting elected officials from engaging in certain business or professional relationships
  • "Bid Protest Ordinance"; establishing a mechanism for resolving bid disputes outside the political arena
  • "Code Violation Reform"; requiring large fine mitigations be approved by the City Commission
  • "False Claims Ordinance"; sanctions contractors and city vendors who file fraudulent claims
  • "Local Preference Ordinance" giving Miami Beach vendors a competitive advantage
  • Sexual Offender Ordinance (landlord provisions)
  • Human Rights and Anti-Discriminatory Ordinances
  • "Anchor Ordinance"; limiting the proliferation of derelict and abandoned vessels in city waters

Publications

  • Elected Officials Handbook (Miami-Dade County League of Cities)
  • Sunshine Law Ethics Training for Constitutional Officers (St. Thomas University)
  • Co-Author, “Worker’s Compensation Immunity: In Search of a Defendant, 32 Universtiy of Miami Law Review, 1311 (October 1978)