Full-Service Representation, Focused Advice And Counsel

60+ years of combined experience

With more than 60 years of experience, we pride ourselves on the trust our clients place in us. We put our clients’ interests first. Every move we make on your behalf is strategically calculated to advance your interests. We won’t suggest a legal strategy because it is easier and we won’t recommend more expensive or time-consuming strategies that don’t deliver results.

Our attorneys help clients resolve their disputes out of court. By using alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, such as arbitration and mediation, we are able to achieve mutually beneficial, economical solutions to clients’ most challenging legal issues.

Founded in our community, for our community

Located near Fort Walton Beach, Fleet, Smith & Freeman, represents individuals, families and businesses throughout the Florida Panhandle — from Pensacola to Panama City and all cities in between. We’re proud to be your hometown law firm.

At Fleet, Smith & Freeman, we are a general practice firm, but our attorneys aren’t general practitioners. Instead, each attorney at our firm has devoted areas of law in which he or she practices. That means each client gets all the benefits of a general practice firm with the specialized, individual attention his or her problem deserves.

A brief History

  • 1987:



    H. Bart Fleet established the firm as a shareholder and founding member of Fleet, Smith & Freeman. H. Bart Fleet holds a LL.M. in taxation. Under his guidance our firm provides tax guidance to startup and existing corporations and helps individuals reduce their estate tax liabilities. Mr. Fleet also provides mediation services to clients wishing to resolve their disputes out of court.

  • 2005:

    Whitney Smith joins Fleet, Smith & Freeman

    Whitney Smith first joined Fleet, Smith & Freeman in 2005. She is currently a shareholder in the firm. Her practice mostly focuses on estate planning for families with children. However, she also takes on fiduciary disputes and will contests.



  • 2012:


    Michelle Freeman joins the firm

    P. Michelle Freeman joined Fleet, Smith & Freeman in 2012 as an associate attorney and became a shareholder in January of 2020. Michelle concentrates her practice in the areas of real estate transactions and closings; evictions and landlord/tenant disputes, both residential and commercial; foreclosure defense; bank foreclosures; boundary disputes; probate; judgment collection; creditors’ rights; general business law, including formation of corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships; and general civil litigation.

Client Testimonials

“Excellent service, communication and first class. I would highly encourage any potential client looking for legal advice to take a long hard look at the professional representation they offer, you will not feel like just another case with this law firm.”

“The whole Fleet & Smith team were very helpful and professional. They answered all our questions in our home buying process. They clearly explained each document we were signing and even made extra copies of some important documents we may need to provide others in the future. Such a wonderful experience! Thank you Lee Ann, Stephanie and everyone at Fleet & Smith!”

“Exactly what one should expect when considering an attorney. They took the worry away from refinancing our property. Very friendly and professional.”

We are among the most trusted firms in the Florida Panhandle

Client satisfaction is our top priority. Contact us today for a consultation.