Sean Smith is a senior associate in the West Palm Beach Office of Shutts & Bowen, where he is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group.

Sean focuses his practice on the areas of business, real estate, and construction litigation. Sean has experience handling a variety of litigation matters in both state and federal court, including matters concerning the areas of real estate, commercial landlord/tenant, construction, and other complex business disputes.

Prior to joining Shutts & Bowen, Sean practiced at a statewide litigation firm where he handled construction defect and general liability matters. Sean also served as a Judicial Intern at the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court in West Palm Beach. Sean was awarded the Pro Bono Certificate while attending the University of Florida Levin College of Law. For his service to the university, Sean was inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame.



  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2014
    • Vice President, Florida Blue Key
    • Associate Justice, University of Florida Supreme Court of the Student Body
    • Teaching Assistant, Legal Research and Writing / Appellate Advocacy
    • Pro Bono Certificate
  • University of Florida Hough Graduate School of Business, M.A., International Business, 2011
  • University of Florida, B.S., Business Administration, 2010
    • President, Interfraternity Council

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Professional and Civic

  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
    • PBCBA Young Lawyers Section - Board of Directors
    • PBCBA Young Lawyers Section - SideBar Series Committee, Co-Chair
    • Business Litigation CLE Committee
    • Real Estate CLE Committee
  • Phi Delta Theta Chapter House Association
    • Board of Directors
  • Craig S. Barnard American Inn of Court
  • Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section
  • American Heart Association, Palm Beach County Heart Walk Team Captain
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • South Florida Phi Delta Theta Alumni Club

News & Insights

Practice Areas

Industry Focus


  • Best Lawyers in America®: Ones to Watch
    • Commercial Litigation, 2021, 2022
    • Construction Law, 2021, 2022
    • Litigation - Construction, 2021, 2022
  • "Top Lawyer," Palm Beach Illustrated, 2021
  • University of Florida Hall of Fame
  • Phi Delta Theta - First Recipient of the "Sean Smith" Alumni of the Year Award, 2014
  • Florida Blue Key - Jason H. Cherner Service Award, 2013
  • United States Gold Congressional Award Recipient, 2006

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