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Kayli D. Smendec is a member of the Litigation Practice in Greenberg Traurig's Tampa office. She concentrates her practice on complex commercial litigation, environmental, and intellectual property matters in both federal and state courts, representing clients in matters involving business tort and contract claims.



  • Confidential Client. Assisted a 501-(c) (3) national organization in advising on legal matters, including corporate governance, transactional, and intellectual property matters. 
  • Confidential Client. Represented an international real estate firm in a class action lawsuit regarding the alleged embezzlement of tenant funds from a tenant-in-common structure.
  • Confidential Client. Represented an international real estate firm in a class action lawsuit regarding the embezzlement of tenant funds from a tenant-in-common structure by the executives who owned the properties.  Our client was hired for property management and demonstrated and presented documentary support that they neither participated nor knew about the owner’s criminal actions.
  • Confidential Client. Represented a software development company in a Declaratory Judgment action filed by a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools entity in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  The matter relates to the unauthorized over-deployment and infringement of our client’s copyrighted software in light of a license agreement between the parties limiting the deployment. Given the strength of our case, defendant pushed for settlement after the summary judgment phase of the case and right before trial, and the case was settled.
  • Confidential Client. Currently defending a financial institution’s directors and officers in an action alleging they engaged in a plan to improve their equity position at the expense of the plaintiffs and to sell the institution for a large profit.
  • Confidential Client. Assisting legal team in ongoing patent enforcement action involving an array of patents relating to some of its most high-margin energy-related products against multiple foreign copycat manufacturers who have engaged in repeated acts of infringement and are selling their aftermarket infringing products to some of the client’s own customers, resulting in potential passing off and trademark infringement.
  • Honors Program Legal Intern, Department of Defense, Office of General Counsel, 2017

Recognition & Leadership

  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • Member, Young Lawyers Division Long Range Planning Committee, 2020-2021
    • Co-Chair, Young Lawyers Division Member Services Committee, 2021-2023
  • Tampa Connection
    • Member, Class of 2021-2022
    • Member, Alumni Committee, 2022-2023
  • Member, J. Clifford Cheatwood American Inn of Court
  • Member, National Association of Women Lawyers


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2019
    • Articles Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Florida, 2016
  • Florida
  • District of Columbia