Judge Jared Smith is a United States Air Force veteran, having answered the call to serve his country shortly after the 9/11 attacks. He served for three years as a USAF JAG officer at MacDill AFB, and was awarded the Air Force Achievement medal in 2004 for his efforts in overseeing the legal affairs related to the first MacDill Airfest post 9/11. He was twice awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for his meritorious service at MacDill AFB and Goodfellow AFB, Texas.
Judge Smith graduated summa cum laude with his Bachelor’s of Business Administration, majoring in accounting, in 1996. He graduated magna cum laude and tied for third in his class of 134 students from Washburn University School of Law in 2000. After graduating from law school, Judge Smith served as the law clerk for Justice Edward J. Larson of the Kansas Supreme Court. He joined the Air Force in 2002, relocating his family to Tampa, Florida, during his first duty assignment to MacDill AFB. In addition to prosecuting military crimes, Judge Smith was appointed Special Assistant U.S. Attorney to prosecute civilian crimes committed on military installations.
Judge Smith joined the Florida firm of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A., where he became a partner and helped develop the construction law practice. Judge Smith is a Florida Bar Board Certified Construction Law expert.
Judge Smith is married to Suzette, his wife of 19 years, and they have four children. Judge Smith is a deacon and long time member of Idlewild Baptist Church.