With 70 years of outstanding leadership and a talented team of attorneys, Wicker Smith has set a standard within Florida’s legal communities to which others aspire. Growing from a partnership between Idus Q. Wicker and James A. Smith formed in 1952, this celebrated firm has grown substantially in both the number of skilled attorneys and staff members as well as geographic locations. Now, with 16 offices and more than 250 attorneys, Wicker Smith is one of the largest and most notable firms based in Florida.
Some 21 years after this original partnership formed, the firm began expansion with the addition of three new named partners, changing the official name of the firm to Wicker, Smith, Pyszka, Blomqvist and Davant. In 1975, the firm opened its second location in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The firm name was officially changed to Wicker, Smith, O’Hara, McCoy & Ford, P.A. on May 3, 2007.
Today, Wicker Smith has expanded to 16 locations with 12 Florida locations in Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Melbourne, Miami, Naples, Orlando, Palmetto Bay, Pensacola, Sarasota, Tampa, West Palm Beach, and Key Largo, as well as Phoenix, Arizona; Atlanta, Georgia; Brunswick, Georgia; and Nashville, Tennessee.
Attorney at Law Magazine had the opportunity to speak with the four Wicker Smith managing partners. Richards “Dick” Ford, Nicholas “Nick” Christin, Oscar Cabanas, and Richard “Rick” Ramsey all shared their experiences with the firm and what they see for the future.
I think the biggest change is how the firm has embraced diversity. I’m a perfect example being Cuban American. And we will continue to be a leader in the movement toward greater diversity.