Max Smith was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. He completed his undergraduate studies at Florida State University where he earned his degree in business and finance. After completing undergrad, Max opted to continue his legal education in Tallahassee, and attended The Florida State University College of law, where he received his juris doctor degree cum laude in 2017. During his time in law school Max completed the business law certificate program, earning high honors, and was a member of the Florida State Business Review during his 2L and 3L years. Max also served as a judicial intern during his 3L year of law school to the Honorable Lori S. Rowe, Chief Judge of the First District Court of Appeal.
After earning his JD, Max practiced commercial litigation and chapter 11 bankruptcy in Boca Raton, Florida. Subsequently, he accepted a position at a firm handling insurance defense matters in the Southeast, including defense of workers’ compensation claims. It was his experience representing the interests of large insurance companies and seeing firsthand the inequities of the workers’ compensation system that led him to pursue a career with Harrell & Harrell advocating for the rights of injured workers.
Max is a member of the Florida Bar, Jacksonville Justice Association, Florida Workers Advocates, and the Young Lawyers Division. Outside of work, Max enjoys spending time with his wife, Maria, and their two rescue pups, Fern and Brandy. Max also enjoys traveling and is an avid FSU, Atlanta Braves, and Chelsea Football Club fan.