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Jax Daily Record Monday, Feb. 14, 201112:00 PM EST

Lawyer Snapshot: Jonathan M. Smith

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Name:
Jonathan M. Smith

Age:
34

Family:
I have two wonderful parents, along with a great big sister and two young nephews who are both a source of joy and exasperation.

Pets:
I share custody of a longhair dachshund named Dibbins with my parents.

Education:
B.A from New College of Florida (1998); J.D University of Florida, Levin College of Law (2001); LLM University of Florida, Levin College of Law (2002).

Admitted to the Bar:
2001

Employed by:
Naugle & Smith, P.L.

Field of practice:
Business law; commercial and real estate litigation.

Professional Organizations:
The Jacksonville Bar Association; American Bar Association, The Florida Bar.

Community Involvement:
Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce – Vice President of the Downtown Council; First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville; member of The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.

How did you get involved?
Through my church, which is located in Downtown Jacksonville, I became interested in looking for ways to volunteer and assist with the improvement of Downtown. I was also looking for a way to market my new firm. A friend suggested the Chamber’s Downtown Council and I went to a meeting and found a great group of business people dedicated to the growth and improvement of Downtown Jacksonville. Before I knew it, they made me vice president of the council and put me to work. We also manage to have a little fun while working. This year when we painted the Jaguar paws down Bay Street, Jaxson de Ville attended that event to help us out.

How can someone else get involved?
The best way is to come to a Downtown Chamber Council meeting and we will put you to work. For more information, visit www.downtowncouncil.org.

What have you learned/achieved through the experience?
I have learned a great deal about our city and the efforts to improve Downtown. I realize the importance of having an active and vibrant Downtown. Downtown can be improved not only through the efforts of the City but also through business support and the support of the people of Jacksonville.

What was the last book you read or are reading?
I just finished “Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family” by Condoleezza Rice and have started reading “Fall of Giants” by Ken Follett.

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