Representing Lawyers and Bar Applicants for Thirty Years.
Donald A. Smith, Debra J. Davis, Scott K. Tozian, Gwendolyn H. Daniel,
Todd W. Messner
Welcome to Smith, Tozian, Daniel & Davis P.A.

Smith, Tozian, Daniel & Davis P.A., primarily represents Florida lawyers, Florida judges and applicants to The Florida Bar in professional regulatory matters. Since its inception in 1983 as Smith & Tozian, P.A., then Smith, Tozian & Hinkle, P.A. from 2005 – 2013, and now Smith, Tozian, Daniel & Davis, P.A., our firm has defended Florida lawyers and those seeking admission to The Florida Bar. In addition to administrative proceedings, our firm regularly provides ethics opinions on all areas pertaining to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, including trust account compliance, conflicts of interest, authorized house counsel designation, multi-jurisdictional practice, law firm entities, advertising material, fee disputes and law firm dissolution and creation issues.

Our firm has experience in the following areas:
    The Florida Bar (TFB) – Lawyer Disciplinary Defense, Lawyer Regulation, and Unlicensed Practice of Law (UPL)
  • Responding to initial inquiries/complaints/grievances
  • Representation before grievance committees, including evidentiary hearings
  • Proceedings before a Referee, including final hearings
  • Sanctions hearings
  • Appeals to Designated Reviewers and the Disciplinary Review Committee
  • Proceedings before the Standing Committee on Advertising
  • Proceedings before the Florida Bar Board of Governors
  • Petitions for Review before the Florida Supreme Court
  • Appellate proceedings and oral argument before the Florida Supreme Court
  • Reinstatement proceedings following suspensions and placements on inactive status
  • Contempt proceedings
  • Board of Legal Specialization and Education (BLSE) proceedings
  • Unlicensed Practice of Law (UPL) investigations and proceedings
  • Expert testimony regarding legal ethics and legal fees
  • Ethics opinions, including trust account compliance reviews
  • Representation in Bar fee arbitration proceedings and mediations
  • Diversions to Practice and Professionalism Enhancement Programs, including: advertising workshops, trust account workshop, professionalism workshop, Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., anger management, and Law Office Management Assistance Service (LOMAS)
    The Florida Board of Bar Examiners (FBBE) – Representing Law Students and Out-of-State Lawyers
  • Review of Florida Bar Applications before submission
  • Assistance with Florida Bar Application amendments
  • Assistance in amending law school applications
  • Investigative Hearing representation
  • Formal Hearing representation
  • Matters involving Florida Bar Examination special accommodations due to disability
  • Petitions to the Florida Supreme Court reviewing Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law
  • Readmission or rehabilitation hearing representation
    Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) – Representing Florida Judges and Judicial Candidates
  • Review of judicial campaign material regarding Canon 7 compliance
  • Representation before Rule 6(b) Investigative Panel
  • Representation before Rule 7 Hearing Panel
  • Petitions to Review Hearing Panel Recommendations to the Florida Supreme Court

  • Please see our Practice Areas link for more detailed information regarding our approach and attorney experience.
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