About Elliott A. Smith, Esq.
SC Bar Number 101469 | NY Bar No. 5466859 | FL BAR NUMBER 100025
Elliott is a MULTI-DISCIPLINARY South Carolina attorney who uses his diverse background in law, civics, and THE ARTS to provide dedicated, creative, sophisticated counsel to his clients. Born in Florida, Smith has deep family roots in the Lowcountry, where he now calls home.
Elliott has been an attorney since 2012, following successes in business and music. This diverse background gave Elliott the perspective and confidence to seize challenging, real-world experience in the law.
2011 | Public Defender's Office. The PDO represents defendants who cannot afford an attorney. For young lawyers, it known essentially as boot camp, due to the demanding case load and substantial time in the court room. Thanks to an intership program, Elliott got a head start working for the PDO Second Judicial Circuit of Florida. Elliott quickly became recognized for his dedication to cases, thorough research and writing, and professionalism. He managed dozens of cases from first appearance to resolution.
2012 | FL House of Representatives. Elliott also has the valuable legal perspective of first hand, behind-the-scenes involvment with the legislative process. He was selected – from hundreds of applicants and a highly competitive selection process – as a bill analyst for the FL House Judiciary Committee. That means that it was his job to analyze the "fine print" of dozens of bills, looking for constitutional issues, vague language, and those infamous "unintended consequences." Thanks to this experience, Smith has a practiced edge when it comes to arguing the subtlties of law – a skill that often determines the outcome of an entire case.
2012 – 2014 | Criminal and Appellate Practice w/ Mentor Attorneys. In the past, attorneys gained experience through apprenticeships, where they could work hands-on with seasoned mentor attorneys. In this tradition, following law school Elliott immediately began working with the Law Offices of Robert A. Morris, and the Law Offices of Dan R. Stengle – reputable and highly experienced attorneys in the criminal defense and appellate fields. Elliott drafted more than ten appellate briefs (40-50 page documents analyzing and challenging a trial court's legal interpretation), and was the right hand man for researching and strategizing many of Robert's and Dan's cases.
2014 – present | Elliott A. Smith Law, LLC. Elliott has practiced criminal and municipal law in Charleston, SC since leaving Florida.
2014 – present | BACE Leage of Charleston, Inc. Elliott has also used his legal experience to become significantly engaged in policy discussions with City of Charleston officials. As chief spokesperson and counsel for the non-profit BACE League of Charleston ("Business, Art, Culture, Entertainment"), Elliott has gained an in-depth understanding of the people and processes that guide local decision-making. Through BACE League, Elliott has been a featured speaker for the Lowcountry Local First Good Business Summit (which then invited him to become a Board member), and Pecha Kucha Charleston XXII. Elliott was also the moderator for the first-ever F&B Mayoral Forum during a critical election year, where he engaged the candidates in issues ranging from zoning policy to the constitutionality of various local ordinances.
Elliott excelled in law school. In 2012, he graduated cum laude from The Florida State University College of Law, and was on the Dean's List twice. But his grades were not his only strong point. Elliott won more awards for advocacy competitions than almost any student in the school's history through his work on both the Mock Trial and Moot Court teams. He also achieved high marks for his legal writing skills, with the highest grade in two courses graded by final paper, the "best appellate brief" award, and an "A" in both of his legal writing courses.
In his spare time, Elliott remains an avid musician. While that may seem very different from law, Elliott finds that the creativity and perspective he gains from music is invaluable to his legal skills.
Elliott currently volunteers his time as spokeserson for BACE League of Charleston, and Board Member of Lowcountry Local First.