Avera & Smith Partner Among 10 Best Female Attorneys

GAINESVILLE, Fla; January 26, 2017 – The Avera & Smith law firm, which has served the Gainesville community for more than 60 years, today announced that Partner Dawn Vallejos-Nichols has been honored by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys as one of the 10 Best Female Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in North Florida.

“Dawn is an outstanding, dedicated attorney and highly deserving of this honor,” said Mark Avera, Partner, Avera & Smith. “We are proud of her achievements in fighting for our clients, and Dawn has an exceptional disposition to work with people who are facing extremely difficult and painful circumstances. I’ve never met a lawyer who works harder for their clients.”

Vallejos-Nichols, who joined the firm in 1996, oversees its tobacco litigation division and has represented clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases of almost every kind. She has played a major role in Avera & Smith’s multi-million dollar tobacco case verdicts over many years, among other case wins. Vallejos-Nichols was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1994 after graduating with Honors from the University of Florida College of Law the same year.

The American Institute is an impartial third-party attorney rating organization comprised of 13 divisions consisting of Bankruptcy, Criminal, DUI/DWI, Personal Injury, Family Law, Litigation, Lawsuits & Disputes, Immigration, Workers’ Compensation, Employment & Labor Law, Estate Planning, Military Law, Elder Law and Social Security & Disability Law Division. To qualify for the award an attorney must be formally nominated by the Institute, a client, and/or fellow attorney; have attained the highest degree of professional achievement in her field of law; and have done so with an impeccable client satisfaction rating.

Avera & Smith has a legacy of personal service and genuine care for the firm’s clients and the local community. It provides caring, quality service from experienced and qualified attorneys, a remarkable support staff and state-of-the-art supporting technology.