James D. Smith
James Smith was born in Oakland, California. When James was a child he accompanied his mother in a drive across the country, starting from Silverdale, Washington, ending in Pensacola, Florida where he attended West Florida High School of Advanced Technology. While attending West Florida High School, James participated in their Legal Studies program where he first discovered his passion for the legal profession.
In 2011, James graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Health and Public Affairs. James majored in Legal Studies and received a minor in Criminal Justice. James graduated with honors and was a Dean’s List Scholar multiple times. James attended Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center. During his time at Nova Southeastern, James was a Dean’s List Scholar, a member of the Black Law Students Association, an articles editor for the ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law, and a research assistant for Professor Michele Struffolino. As a research assistant, James assisted Professor Struffolina in editing two articles that were selected for publication. James also interned at the Broward County Public Defender’s Office in the summer after his first year of law school where he was involved in trials and various other legal proceedings.
In February 2016, James joined the Ticktin Law Group where he assists in Employment Law, Business Litigation, and Entertainment Law.
In his free time James enjoys spending time with his dog, going to the gym, and playing basketball.