Jan Smith began her legal career by earning a bachelor’s degree from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2004, majoring in criminal justice and minoring in forensic science. Ms. Smith graduated magna cum laude and was on the dean's list throughout each semester. After moving to Gainesville for law school, Ms. Smith earned her J.D. from the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law in 2007 and immediately began working as an assistant public defender in the Eighth Judicial Circuit in Florida.
After one year of handling hundreds of cases which involved misdemeanors, such as Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Domestic Violence, Ms. Smith was promoted to a felony position with the public defender’s office. Ms. Smith spent two and a half years defending a number of different felony charges, ranging from Attempted Murder and Drug Trafficking to Drug Possession and Felony Theft.
In May 2011, Ms. Smith left public practice and became the primary criminal law attorney with The Law Office of Silverman, Mack & Associates. As a Gainesville attorney, Ms. Smith continues to defend criminal cases across the greater North Central Florida region, including Alachua County, Baker County, Bradford County, Gilchrist County, Levy County, and Union County.
Ms. Smith lives in Gainesville with her husband and daughter.
Education, Honors & Academic Achievements
- University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law — J.D., 2007
- Florida Gulf Coast University, B.A. — Criminology & Forensic Science, 1999
- State Courts — Florida