Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith

Managing Partner

Description (239) 332-9481

@ CJS@gbclaw.com


Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Slip/Trip and Falls


“He goes above and beyond...”

Attorney Chris Smith took on my case with enthusiasm. He and his staff are very professional, honest and timely. Atty. Smith is an effective communicator, negotiator and thinks outside the box. He is detailed in his analyses and has keen ability to use legal strategies to outmaneuver his challenger. He gave me vital information to prepare my case so that I succeeded in winning more than anticipated. He goes above and beyond to help veterans and supports MADD.





Christopher J. Smith joined the firm in 2007, became a partner in 2011 and a managing partner in 2018. Growing up in Akron, Ohio, Chris worked from a young age at his father’s landscape construction company. His hard-working middle-class roots in Ohio has influenced his passion and work ethic. Chris played football while attending college at John Carroll University, which was often ranked in the Top 10 for Division 3 Schools. When he was a junior playing safety, the team was ranked No. 2 in the country, and made it to the final four teams of 32 in the playoffs. “I played football and baseball practically my whole life,” Smith said. “Both taught me to be a fierce competitor, disciplined, responsible and accountable to my teammates and coaches. I learned how to manage time as a student athlete.” Chris has tried many personal injury cases and takes pride in working for the oldest personal injury firm in Southwest Florida with an extraordinary dedication to customer service.


  • Archbishop Hoban High School
  • John Carroll University, with honors, 2004
  • Played for the John Carroll University Football team, 2003 NCAA Division III East Regional Champions
  • St. Thomas University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2007


  • AV Preeminent Rating through Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Reviews
  • Admitted to the Florida Bar, 2007
  • Licensed to practice law in front of all state courts of Florida, and the U.S. District Court for the Middle
  • District of Florida

Certifications and Distinctions

Certifications and Distinctions
  • Florida Bar Board of Certification, Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member, Florida Justice Association
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Fort Myers Office 1515 Broadway Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901 Map ItMap It
McGregor Office 2300 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901 Map ItMap It
Cape Coral461 Del Prado Blvd S
Cape Coral, FL 33990 Map ItMap It
Naples2590 Northbrooke Plaza Dr
Naples, FL 34119 Map ItMap It
Lehigh Acres 4802 Lee Blvd
Lehigh Acres, FL 33971 Map ItMap It
Port Charlotte2852 Tamiami Trail Unit 1
Port Charlotte, FL 33952 Map ItMap It