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Keyla Smith, Esq.

Senior Trial Attorney

Keyla is committed to uplifting her community, zealous advocacy, and client-centered representation. She has dedicated her legal career to speaking on behalf of society's most vulnerable as she uses her free time to help her community prosper. As General Counsel for the South Miami Chapter of the NAACP, Keyla dedicated her time and legal expertise to assist the non-profit organization in numerous areas. Keyla advised the NAACP on the legal implications of the organization’s programs, drafted contracts and waivers, assisted with voter suppression issues, and helped secure legal representation for NAACP members. Her commitment to helping people also led her to join the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association, whose mission is to cultivate excellence and inclusion, promote diversity in legal education, and advocate for equal access, equal opportunity, and justice in the legal system. Keyla serves as Treasurer.

Keyla’s commitment to the community is what makes her an exceptional attorney. As an eight-year attorney, Keyla has been awarded numerous times for her zealous advocacy and client commitment. Keyla began her legal career as a Public Defender in Miami-Dade County, where she tried over 30 cases, ranging from misdemeanors to life felonies. Her strong advocacy skills and intellectual dexterity earned her the respect of her colleagues, opposing counsel, and sitting judges. In 2017, Keyla was awarded the inaugural Bennett H. Brummer Gideon’s Hope Award for her superb case preparation, litigation, client representation, advocacy, and professionalism. The Gideon’s Hope Award is awarded to “the most talented and dedicated Miami-Dade Assistant Public Defenders.” In 2019, Keyla earned the James J. Miller Scholar Award for her client-centered advocacy and dedication as a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Miami Chapter.

Fischer Redavid, PLLC, was pleased that Keyla joined our team in 2019 as a Litigation Associate. Keyla’s passion for the law and client-centered practice made her the perfect fit for the firm. Her skills easily transferred to the civil sector of the law, as she successfully argued a Daubert motion in the first two weeks at the firm. Her trial skills earned her a chair on three civil cases and the utmost respect from her colleagues and Partners. Keyla now serves as the Senior Litigation Attorney at Fischer Redavid, PLLC.

Education
  • B.S. Florida State University, College of Business
  • M.S. Florida State University, College of Sport Administration
  • Juris Doctorate Florida International University, College of Law

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida Bar
  • Middle District of Florida
  • Southern District of Florida

Awards
  • Bennett H. Brummer Gideon’s Hope Award
  • James J. Miller Scholar Award

Community Involvement
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Treasurer

  • NAACP South Miami Dade Branch

  • Chair of the Legal Redress Committee

  • Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association, Board Member

  • Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Bar Association

  • Compassionate Approach

    We use creative, aggressive litigation strategies while also bringing a human approach to personal injury law. We embrace the opportunity to get clients back on their feet and give them a sense of justice after going through a life-changing event.

  • Innovative Strategies

    We out-research, out-think, and out-deliver our competition. We’re early adopters of many game-changing technologies that add immense value to our client’s cases, and we use them to make our work more intuitive, predictive, and accurate.

  • Unrelenting Advocacy

    We aren’t a settlement mill.  Our law firm is in trial multiple times a year, so while others say they’re aggressive, we truly are.  Hardly anyone takes the fight to defense lawyers and insurance companies as we do.

  • Devoted Counsel

    We don’t rush settlements and we’re willing to put in tons of work to take cases the distance. We appreciate that our clients are human beings who deserve regular updates, transparency, and the absolute best efforts we can offer.

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