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Terrence A. Smith

Practice Areas

  • Housing, Social Services and Economic Development


  • Tulane University, J.D., 1989
  • University of South Carolina, B.A. in Political Science, 1986

Court Admissions

  • The Florida Bar, 1990
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2003

Terrence A. Smith

Joined the Office in 2000
Assistant County Attorney
Chief, Housing, Social Services
and Economic Development

[email protected] 305-375-1322

Terrence Smith is the Section Chief of the Housing, Social Services and Economic Development section of the office.  Terrence presently serves as legal counsel to the Board of County Commissoners and staff, the Mayor's Office, County departments and advisory boards, including Public Housing and Community Development, Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust, the Office of Budget and Management, Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Partnership, Miami-Dade Commission on Human Rights, N.W. 7th Avenue Corridor Community Redevelopment Agency, and N.W. 79th Street Corridor Community Redevelopment Agency.  The primary focus of Terrence's practice includes Public Housing, Section 8, Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation, affordable housing loan transactions, Infill Housing, mixed-finance transactions, economic development, community redevelopment agencies, civil rights, and litigation.

Terrence has handled a number of complex affordable housing, mixed-finance transactions on behalf of the County, including those related to the redevelopment of Scott-Carver, Liberty Square and Lincoln Gardens Public Housing Developments.  Terrence has also represented the County in a number of lawsuits, including three class action lawsuits as well two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the County's Human Rights Ordinance.

Terrence has been a coordinator, speaker and moderator of several conferences related to the Fair Housing Act and other civil rights laws. 

Prior Experience

  • Assistant Attorney General, State of Florida, 1998-2000
  • Director and Staff Attorney, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., AIDS Legal Advocacy Project, 1993-98
  • Staff Attorney, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., Employment and Economic Security Unit, 1990-93

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

  • Publication: Co-Editor, Protecting Students from Harassment and Hate Crimes: A Guide for Schools, U.S. Dep't of Educ., Office of Civil Rights & Nat'l Ass'n of Attorneys Gen. (1999)

Community Involvement, Awards, & Recognition

  • AV peer review rating on Martindale-Hubbell
  • Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc., Fair Housing Achiever Award, April 2010