Elizabeth Connellan Smith

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  • University of Maine School of Law (J.D., 1992)
  • Bowdoin College (A.B., 1987), cum laude

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Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017.

Biography

In the course of her practice, Elizabeth Connellan Smith has litigated numerous employment and labor law matters, primarily defending claims brought against Maine employers. She has handled cases at all stages of litigation before state and federal trial courts, state and federal administrative agencies and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court sitting as the Law Court. Beth has a particular depth of knowledge in workers' compensation law, including the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. Beth is a member of the National Workers' Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN), and an American Bar Association College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Fellow. She also has particular skill in drafting and maintaining Affirmative Action plans and programs for employers in many fields.

Relevant Experience

  • Successfully defended a case brought by a home health nurse who fell in her own driveway, yet sought workers’ compensation benefits for her injuries.
  • Successfully litigated, in conjunction with the E.E.O.C., the first case in Maine involving allegations of a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act with respect to mental health disability, among other employment-related claims. Ms. Smith obtained a settlement on behalf of a client in excess of $350,000.
  • Assisted in the hearing and appeal process regarding a union drive against an employer.
  • Assisted numerous clients in drafting and maintaining affirmative action plans, as well as provided training to supervisors and administrators of the plans.
  • Authored articles in national publications on employment law issues, and has lectured on issues of employment law and litigation in a variety of forums.

Public Service

SARS (Board Member, 1996-2001, Vice President 1998-1999, President 2000-    2001)
Board of Directors for the Catherine Morrill Day Nursery (Board Member, 2003-    2006, Vice President and Chairperson of the Personnel Committee, 2004-    2005, President, 2005-2006)
Junior League of Portland, 2006-.

Memberships

American Bar Association
Maine State and Cumberland Bar Associations
Red Mass Committee (Co-Chair, 2003-2005; Founding Member of Host 
    Committee, 1998-)
Member, Women’s Law Section and Employment Law Section of the Maine State 
    Bar Association
Cumberland Bar Association, 1992-1998, 2006-
Member, National Workers' Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN), 2006-
Boston Bar Association, 2007
Fellow, American Bar Association College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers,
    2014-

Education

  • University of Maine School of Law (J.D., 1992)
  • Bowdoin College (A.B., 1987), cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Maine, 1993
  • Massachusetts, 2007

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 2002

Honors

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under 
    Labor & Employment
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Workers' Compensation Law - 
    Employers
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under 
    Workers' Compensation, Employment & Labor