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Frederick Smith

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Labor & Employment Department; Single-Plaintiff Litigation Practice Group; Complex Discrimination Litigation Practice Group


Mr. Smith is a partner in the Atlanta office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Mr. Smith represents employers in numerous industries (including financial services, hospitality, health care, risk information, technology, retail, and defense) in a wide variety of labor and employment law matters.  Mr. Smith devotes the majority of his practice to state and federal court litigation and arbitration (AAA and FINRA) matters, including actions involving the enforcement of restrictive covenants, state law tort and contract claims, and claims brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and various other local, state and federal statutes.

Mr. Smith has significant experience representing employers in all phases of complex employment litigation, including:

-Multi-plaintiff and class action lawsuits under the ADA, Title VII/Section 1981, the FCRA, RICO, and state law claims
-Collective actions under the ADEA, EPA, and FLSA
-Lawsuits filed by the EEOC in federal courts across the country
-EEOC Commissioner’s Charges

Mr. Smith also regularly counsels clients regarding their employment policies and practices, including their drug and alcohol testing policies and practices, to help them comply with local, state, and federal laws and to avoid the expense and other wasted resources associated with state and federal court litigation.

Mr. Smith is one of the Firm’s leaders in the adoption of Six Sigma business process improvement methodologies to deliver legal services, and one of the architects of the SeyfarthLean administrative agency charge and employment litigation flat fee service offerings.

Mr. Smith is a former Chairperson of the Firm’s Employment Litigation and Counseling Practice Group, and currently is a member of the Firm’s National Labor and Employment Group Steering Committee.


J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School (1989); B.A., Wake Forest University (1985)

United States: Labor and employment

Workplace and employment counseling

Within: Workplace and employment counseling

Clients appreciate Seyfarth Shaw LLP for being ‘smart, creative, practical and for genuinely caring about getting the best quality’. The team has experience in advising on organizational change and developing innovative technology tools as well as in workplace discrimination and harassment counseling. Chicago-based David Baffa chairs the workplace compliance solutions practice group and is an expert on a variety of employment-related matters, such as workforce reductions and restructurings, pay equity and training. Senior counsel Lawrence Lorber in Washington DC is regularly engaged by the US Chamber of Commerce in connection with employment issues, including regulatory representation on pending rule making. Ellen McLaughlin, who is based in Chicago, assisted an automotive manufacturer in increasing productivity while staying compliant with federal and state laws. The firm also has a dedicated group advising on pay equity, which is led by Christine Hendrickson (recently promoted to partner) and Annette Tyman in Chicago. Lisa Damon in Boston has ‘detailed knowledge of the law and is pragmatic and unfailingly responsive’. Further notable practitioners are the ‘fantastic’ Daniel Waldman in New York, the ‘excellent strategistJon Meer in Los Angeles and Frederick Smith in Atlanta, who has a ‘great amount of experience to lean on’. In New York, William Perkins is well versed in the different forms of discrimination and harassment claims, while associate Joshua Seidman specializes in paid sick leave matters. Chelsea Mesa in Los Angeles has a ‘meticulous no-nonsense approach’. Scott Nelson was a new arrival in May 2018 in the Houston office, joining from Baker McKenzie LLP.

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