For 20 years, I’ve been a local, state, and national voice for tolerance, diversity, and inclusion within the legal profession. Comfortable on stage before hundreds, or in quiet meetings of a few, I am a persuasive voice of reason for sensible progress. America’s most prestigious legal professional organizations have endorsed my balanced approach: “Pioneer”, “Leader”, “Humanitarian”. Now, I’m focusing that experience on helping law firms and corporations achieve their own inclusive excellence. Valorem Institute was created to recognize and grow value: the individual, the team, and the overall excellence of your organization.
Larry D. Smith, Esq.
Valorem is Latin for value. Inclusive Excellence is a concept borrowed from the academic world linking the concepts of diversity, inclusion, and excellence in a cohesive program to benefit students, teachers, and the institution itself. The Institute serves as a clearing house for speaking and consulting, as a resource for lawyers to stay abreast of current events in the area of diversity and inclusion, and a forum to provide suggestions and recognition to further the goals of inclusive excellence. We’d like to help your team.
Larry D. Smith, Esq.
Larry is the recipient of the following notable awards:
Larry is the first openly gay attorney to receive any of these awards and the only person to win all of them. He continues to write and speak about the importance of diversity and inclusion.
At Valorem, we believe diversity drives innovation and inclusion creates strength. Together we can create inclusive workplaces that move beyond socially constructed barriers and stereotypes to drive value for your company.
Larry Smith defends American and global companies in complex, catastrophic, or otherwise high-exposure personal injury cases throughout Florida and the southeast. His clients range from small businesses to Fortune 10 companies, including product, medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers, and insurance/reinsurance companies (and their insureds). He has been selected as a Super Lawyer for the past 10 consecutive years, listed among Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite, and ranked as AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. Through additional peer nomination and election, he is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, Member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, and Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. Larry has been a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) – the Voice of the Defense Bar – for more than 25 years.
Larry obtained his B.S. from the University of North Alabama With Great Honor in 1979 and his J.D. from the University of Alabama in 1984. He is a member of The Florida Bar, Alabama Bar, U.S. Supreme Court, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Central Districts of Florida.
Larry recently celebrated his 22nd anniversary with his partner, Clayton Glover. They are the proud parents of Jennifer, an attorney in Orlando, and Marybeth, Assistant Director for Undergraduate Affairs in the Office of the Provost at Emory University.
A firm believer that we make a living by what we earn, but we make a life by what we give, Larry has long been active in the profession and in professional organizations on a local, state, and national level. Some of Larry’s past or present diversity and inclusion activities include:
For nearly twenty years, I have had the privilege of a front row seat to Larry’s commitment to diversity. … I thank and credit Larry for enhancing my own ability to more effectively communicate and engage others on the true concept of diversity and inclusion beyond just race and gender.