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About Kelly Kibbey Smith
Kelly Kibbey Smith’s practice is focused on governmental relations, with a specialization in health care and legislation. She is Board Certified in Health Law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. Prior to joining Dean Mead, she worked as a Senior Attorney in the Florida Senate Committee on Health Policy where she analyzed and provided counsel regarding proposed legislation and monitored the implementation of enacted legislation. Before transferring to the committee, Kelly worked in Senate Bill Drafting Services where she became a creative expert at writing and revising bills and amendments. Her work can be found throughout the 2017-2022 Florida Statutes and Laws of Florida relating to managed care, telehealth, facility regulation, licensure, scope of practice, drug importation, and medical marijuana.
Before joining the Senate, Kelly was an associate at a small firm where she practiced family law, criminal defense, and personal injury. Leveraging her ability to think like a trial attorney, she is skilled at identifying issues and closing loopholes in draft legislation prior to it being filed.
Kelly has built connections spanning across Florida government. She is a past President of the Florida Government Bar Association and currently serves as a Governor for the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, collectively representing over 26,000 members.
Kelly is the Chair of the Florida Bar’s Government Advocacy Committee which serves lawyer-lobbyists. She is a graduate of the Florida Bar’s Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., Leadership Academy and the Administrative Law Section’s Division of Administrative Hearings Trial Academy.
Born and raised in Fort Myers, she obtained a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University in 2012 and a Juris Doctor from Florida State University College of Law in 2015.
The lead bill drafter assigned to 2017 Senate Bill 8A, implementing cultivating, processing, and dispensing regulations for medical marijuana.
Served as President of the Florida Government Bar Association from 2021-2022.
The lead analyst assigned to 2022 Senate Bill 1950 which made revisions to the Florida Medicaid program.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters, Big Sister 2019-2022
- The Florida Bar, Administrative Law Section, DOAH Trail Academy Graduate, 2019
- The Florida Bar, Government Advocacy Committee - Chair
- The Florida Bar, Health Law Section
- The Florida Bar Leadership Academy - Fellow, Class IX, 2022
- The Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division - Governor, Board of Governors
- Florida Government Bar Association - President, 2021-2022
- Legal Aid Foundation, Thunderdome Tallahassee Class 3 Graduate, 2017
- Southern Foodways Alliance - Member
- St. John's Episcopal Church - Member
- Tallahassee Bar Association - Member
- Tallahassee Women Lawyers - Member
- American Health Law Association - Member
- J.D.: Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida, 2015 - Book Award in Family Law Clinic, Distinguished Pro Bono Service
- Bachelor of Science, cum laude, with honors in liberal studies: Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 2012
- Board Certified in Health Law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization
- Thomas M. Ervin, Jr. Distinguished Young Lawyer Award, Tallahassee Bar Association, 2023
- Above & Beyond Award, honoring The Women of Government and Politics in Florida by City & State Florida, 2023
- Induction Ceremony for Admission to Florida Bar, First District Court of Appeal, Tallahassee, FL May 3, 2023
- Induction Ceremony for Admission to Florida Bar, First District Court of Appeal, Tallahassee, FL May 2, 2022
- Capitol View, Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Panelist, Tallahassee, FL, Feb 7, 2022
- The Basics of Amendment Drafting, Florida Senate, Co-presenter, virtual training, Oct 2018
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