James D. "J.D." Smeallie

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James D. Smeallie is a partner in the Boston office of Holland & Knight, concentrating his practice in business litigation, with particular emphasis in litigation involving education, employment, professional liability, intellectual property and unfair competition. Mr. Smeallie has served as executive partner of the firm’s Boston office, chair of the firm's Education Team and on the firm’s Directors Committee.

As a speaker at seminars, Mr. Smeallie has addressed topics such as employment litigation, education law, trial practice and related areas.

Among his most notable representations, Mr. Smeallie served as lead counsel for Boston College in litigation arising from Boston College's move from the Big East Conference to the Atlantic Coast Conference, and successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of Boston College in The Trustees of Boston College v. The Big East Conference, Suffolk Superior Court, C.A. No. 03-4818-BLS.

Honors & Awards

  • Holland & Knight Public and Charitable Service All-Star, 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Education Law, 2007-2015; Commercial Litigation, 2008-2015
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers magazine, 2004-2013
  • Boston's Best Lawyers, 2008-2009
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine, March 2009
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated


  • American Bar Association, Commissioner, ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, 2005-2008
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Boston Bar Association, President, 2012-2013, President-elect, 2011-2012, Vice President, 2010-2011, Secretary, 2008-2009
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Boston Bar Foundation, Fellow