Mr. Frederick 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)
- Associate Editor, Comparative Labor Law Journal
- B.A., Wake Forest University, magna cum laude (1985)
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