Partner, Gilbert Garcia Group, P.A.


Jennifer Lima-Smith is a Florida native and has been practicing law in the State of Florida since 1993.  She is admitted to practice in the U. S. Southern and Middle District Courts of Florida and has extensive litigation and management experience.  She is a graduate of the University of South Florida and Mercer University.   Ms. Lima-Smith is experienced in the areas of civil litigation, administrative law, contracts and procurement, senior executive management representation, public & confidential records, child abuse & neglect, adult abuse & neglect, and employee/client relations.  She is currently focusing on managing real estate litigation with Gilbert Garcia Group P.A.

Prior to joining the firm, for approximately thirteen (13) years, she served as chief region counsel for eleven counties for a Florida state agency.  Throughout her legal career, she has had the privilege to be a guest speaker and trainer on a wide variety of legal topics. She has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses.

Ms. Lima-Smith is a third generation Tampa native and is active within a wide variety of charity and community organizations.