Brian W. Smith Partner

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Mr. Smith served as lead counsel in litigation against the McDonald’s Corporation related to McDonald’s failure to disclose that food allergens were used in producing McDonald’s French fries. Mr. Smith was also lead counsel in litigation against ConAgra Foods, related to the presence of salmonella in Peter Pan peanut butter.

Mr. Smith also served as lead counsel in a case against America Online, seeking to hold the Internet giant liable for the dissemination and marketing of child pornography through its online service. The case, Doe v. America Online, was actually litigated over a period of 9 years and brought national attention to the issue of the marketing and sale of child pornography through online services. Despite a set back at the trial level and the local appellate court level, Mr. Smith brought the issue before the Florida Supreme Court, where a close 4-3 decision effectively ended the legal battle. Mr. Smith filed a Petition for Certiorari with the United States Supreme Court in 2001, but the court declined the Petition.

Mr. Smith’s Doe v. America Online case has continued to be a much debated decision and was featured in a National Law Journal article on Immunity for Web Service Providers (April 21, 2006). The Doe v. AOL decision has been discussed at countless seminars and conferences and has been the focus of a number of law review articles. The issues that were brought forth by Mr. Smith in the Doe case have also prompted a move toward the enactment of new legislation, as indicated in the NLJ article.

Brian W. Smith is featured in the August edition of Attorney At Law Magazine.


  • B.A. Florida State University, 1981
  • J.D. Florida State Universisty, 1984

Professional Associations

  • Admitted to Florida Bar – 1985
  • Admitted to Bar of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida – 1998
  • Admitted to Bar of the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida – 2007
  • Admitted to Bar of the United States Supreme Court – 2001
  • American Bar Association
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Palm Beach County Justice Association
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum