Chesterfield Smith, America's Lawyer- Who?

Mary E. Adkins

Chesterfield Smith was down-to-earth, unrefined (despite his elegant wife's best efforts), and one of the most influential lawyers of his time. He helped create Florida's modern constitution; brought women and minorities into law practice and served as their mentor. He built a four-man, small-town Florida law firm into the 1,600-lawyer worldwide firm Holland & Knight; and was among the first to publicly condemn President Nixon's illegal actions in the Watergate scandal. His driving force was that lawyers can, and should, make the world a better place.