60+ years of dedication


When Bill Avera (1927–2009) began practicing law more than 60 years ago, he set the high standards of practice that have made Avera & Smith, the successful firm that it is today.

Though the firm has grown significantly in the past decades in both size and range of influence, Avera & Smith is not a “mega” firm that treats clients like mere case numbers. We concentrate our practice in personal injury and medical malpractice on behalf of the plaintiff, but we also practice criminal defense, employment and workers’ compensation law, and business litigation.

We believe that the firm’s experience in personal injury law provides a significant advantage to our clients, and our firm will continue to operate as it has for more than 60 years: by providing caring, quality service from experienced and qualified attorneys, a remarkable support staff and state-of-the-art supporting technology.


The strength of family has always been one of Avera & Smith’s most important foundations. Bill Avera’s sons, Mark Avera and Lance Avera, are now partners in the firm. Rod Smith, former state senator and longtime friend, is also a partner. Rod’s son, Jesse Smith, is a lawyer with the firm. Providing dedicated service, partner Dawn Vallejos-Nichols and attorney Benjamin Steinberg have long been important contributors to the success of the firm and its tradition of family.

Avera & Smith is also proud to have an excellent support staff, which includes many members who have been with the firm for years. They not only support the attorneys but also serve in the critical role of first point of contact with clients. They are the essential backbone of the firm and contribute immeasurable support toward its successful verdicts and awards.

Avera & Smith’s tradition of excellence is also evidenced by its strong belief in giving back to the community with both money and time committed to charitable events, education, and other types of community activity.

To schedule a consultation, contact Avera & Smith, by email or call our Gainesville office at 352-372-9999 or toll free at 800-654-4659.

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