FOUNDER & MANAGING ATTORNEY

Salesia V. Smith-Gordon, Esquire

Law Office of Salesia V. Smith-Gordon, PA

As founder of her boutique personal injury law firm, Salesia Smith-Gordon has multiple layers of success. Her background as a pharmacist and trial lawyer has won several million-dollar awards for injured clients. Yet, her community and philanthropic interests in education, arts, politics, rescued animals and mentoring reflects her natural characteristics of strength and compassion.

Salesia has been recognized as a Lawyer of Distinction.
Her compilation of works as a strategist, litigator, advocate, and community servant have been recognized professionally and civically with honors and awards to include:
  • 2022 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., L.E.A.D. Award Recipient
  • 2021  National Black Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers
  • 2021 ICABA Woman of Impact Award
  • 2020 FAWL-PBC Legal Legend Award.
  • 2020 Ambassador-Lawyers of Distinction.
  • 2018-2020 FL 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in Personal Injury
  • 2020 Urban League PBC “Trailblazer”.
  • 2020 PBC Women’s Chamber – Giraffe Award nominee.
  • 2019 & 2020 Lawyers of Distinction “Power Lawyer”.
  • 2019 Eta Phi Beta – Justice Award.
  • 2018 Legacy Award- So FL Most Influential Black Women in Business
  • 2017 & 2018 Legal Elite – Best Boutique Injury Firm – Premises.
  • 2018 WPB Illumination Award -Philanthropy.
  • 2017 FL Best Boutique Injury Law Firm in Premises Liability.
  • 2017 The Salesia V. Smith-Gordon Faculty Office at FSU College of Law

EDUCATION

Florida State University
College of Law, 1992 JD

Florida A& M University
College of Pharmacy,
1989, B.S. Pharm.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Law Office of Salesia Smith-Gordon, PA
    Managing Attorney
    (1993 to Present)
  • Florida Registered Pharmacist, Ret.
    (1989-2015)

COURT ADMISSIONS 

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Florida State Courts:
    • Florida Federal District Courts
    • Northern District
    • Middle District
    • Southern District
    • Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal

HOBBIES

White Water Rafting, Horseback Riding, Cooking, Travel

FAMILY: Salesia and her husband Lawrence Gordon reside in Haverhill, FL with 2 rescued cats, Samantha & Vicki.

LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

  • President: FSU College of Law Black Alumni Network (2020-present)
  • Board of Directors: FSU Law Alumni (2016-Present)
  • Secretary: PBC Sheree D. Cunningham Black Women Lawyers Association
  • Trustee: Chamber of Commerce – Palm Beaches (2019-Present)
  • Secretary: Glades Initiative Executive Board (2018 – Present)
  • Haverhill, FL Infrastructure Surtax Committee (2018-Present)
  • Business Advisory Board Member: Sea Coast Bank (2017-Present)
  • Host: International Career & Business Alliance Book Club (2020-2021)
  • Chair: Social Justice Committee PBC Justice Assoc. (2020-2021)
  • Board of Directors: Palm Beach Co. Justice Association (2017-2020)
  • Co-Chair: Bench –Bar Conf. 2020 PBC Bar Association (2019-2020)
  • Chair: National Trends – West Palm Beach The Links, Inc. (2018-2020)
  • Chair: Palm Beach Co. Commission on Ethics (2013-15)
  • Chair: Palm Beach Co. Inspector General Committee (2013-15)
  • Chair: Florida Bar Grievance Committee (2010-2013)
  • President: Cunningham Bar Association (2011-2012)

Curriculum Vitae

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Keynote: PBC Law Association Bench Bar Conference (March 2022)
  • Keynote: Reignite Florida – Small Business Leadership Summit (December 2021)
  • Keynote: FSU College of Law BAN/BLSA Professional Networking (October 2021)