Peggy Smith Bush
Areas of Practice:
Personal Injury - Defense
Products Liability - Defense
Insurance Defense Law
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Barry University School of Law, Orlando, Florida, 2002, J.D., cum laude
University of North Alabama, Florence, AL, Bachelor of Science, Marketing, 1984
Peggy Smith Bush is a founding partner of Southern Trial Counsel | PLC. Peggy received her B.S. from the University of North Alabama in 1984, majoring in Marketing. After graduation, she worked in television and radio. In 1992, Peggy obtained her Series 7 and Series 63 Securities Licenses and worked with top producers at Prudential Securities and Robinson-Humphrey-Smith Barney in the sale of stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Peggy received her law degree from Barry University School of Law cum laude, where she served as Managing Editor of the Law Review. She distinguished herself academically, winning "Book Awards" and graduating in the top ten percent of her class. She excelled in oral advocacy, winning the First Year Student Outstanding Oral Advocacy Award, appointment to the Moot Court Team, and actively competing as part of the Student Trial Advocacy Team.
Focusing her practice on defending companies is a natural fit between Peggy's education and experience in law and her background in business. Having spent the last 30 years working in and for companies, Peggy has spent the last 14 years defending lawsuits brought against manufacturers, insurance companies, and other businesses. Most of her cases have involved allegations of product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, and/or premises liability. Along the way, she has drawn upon her business background of leadership, service, and teamwork. Peggy has attained awards, such as being selected as a Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers for three consecutive years. She has been inducted into the International Association of Defense Counsel, which according to its website is comprised of a worldwide membership of 2,500 invitation-only peer-reviewed leading corporate and insurance lawyers. She was selected as a Florida Legal Elite in 2013. She is an active member of the Transportation Lawyers Association, where she enjoys her work as Chair of the Diversity Sub-Committee. She is also a member of the Florida Bar Animal Law Section. Most recently, Peggy was appointed to The Florida Bar Senior Lawyers Committee and is an active member of the OCBA Professionalism Committee.
Peggy is licensed to practice before the Courts of Florida, all three U.S. Districts in Florida, the 11th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a Certified Litigation Management Professional, certified by the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance after a focused program at Columbia Law School.
Peggy and her husband, Stephen, have been married since 1985 and have twin sons born February 2017. Peggy enjoys spending time with family and friends, music, college football, cooking, reading, abstract watercolor painting, and traveling. She concentrates her volunteer activities to benefit the health and welfare of children, the elderly, and senior pets.
Available upon request
Honors and Awards:
Florida Trend Legal Elite, Civil Trial, 2013
Selected as a Florida Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2010, 2011, 2012 Selected for inclusion in publication
Barry University School of Law: Law Review Managing Editor, 1997 - 1999
Outstanding Oral Advocacy Award, 1997
Outstanding Female Student Scholarship, 1997 (faculty selected)
Student Trial Advocacy Team
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Restaurant, Retail, and Hospitality PAC
Transportation Lawyers Association
Member, Chair, Diversity Sub-Committee
International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
Member, In-House and Law Firm Management Committee
Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA)
The Senior Lawyers Committee of The Florida Bar
Animal Law Section of The Florida Bar
Orange County Bar Association
Member, Professionalism Committee
American Bar Association
Member, Section of Litigation, Women in Products Liability and Food/Supplement Subcommittees
The George C. Young First Central Florida American Inns of Court
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Certified Litigation Management Professional, 2013
Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers
Member and Judicial Reception Committee 2007 - 2013; 2017-2018 Back Pack Project Committee
Florida Association for Women Lawyers
General Federation of Women's Clubs
Alabama 1993 - present
GFWC du Midi Women's Club, Huntsville, AL 1993 - present
Angels for Women and Children at Huntsville Hospital, 1995, 2004 - 2012
Benefiting pediatrics and nurseries at Huntsville Hospital in her home state of Alabama
Arnold Palmer Medical Foundation, Miracle Miles Committee, 2009 - 2014
Benefiting the Neonatal Unit
Speaking Engagements and Presentations:
American Bar Assocation Section of Litigation, Featured Speaker, Sound Advice: The Art of Genteel Conversation in Litigation, April 2017
Separate But Equal: Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education, and SAT Ind. School District v. Rodriguez, George C. Young Central Florida Inn of Court, January 17, 2017
PRIMA - "Emails: The Cockroaches of Litigation"
Transportation Lawyers Association - "Diversity in the TLA"
ABA 5th Annual Food & Supplements Workshop: "A Year in Review for Food & Supplements"
PRIMA of Central Florida: "Plaintiff Has Filed A Motion for Sanctions: How To Handle The Exposure, Expense, and Expectations"
"Civility Matters" - Panelist, Orange County Bar Association - Ninth Circuit Professionalism Committee Seminar at Barry University School of Law, November 7, 2013
ABA Roundtable: "Rainmaking for the Intermediate Attorney"
ABA 3rd Annual Food & Supplements Workshop: "FSMA - New Developments: Key Questions and Issues for Implementation & Enforcement"
"Continuations and Conflicts: Circuit and County Civil - Tort Cases and Others," George C. Young Central Florida Inn of Court, September 18, 2012
"Sometimes the Appropriate Response is a Simple Apology (Helping Clients with Crisis Management), Orlando Business Journal, March 9-15, 2012
ABA 2nd Annual Food & Supplement Workshop: "Ethical Considerations When Dealing with Complex Compliance Issues"