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Smith

Attorney

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  • Lacey Miller
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Lauren A. Smith

Profile

Ms. Smith’s practice is centered on the representation of businesses and municipalities in a wide range of litigation matters, including employment discrimination and retaliation, contract and lease disputes, shareholder derivative actions, and police civil-liability lawsuits.

Ms. Smith has represented municipalities, governmental officials, and private-sector entities in tort litigation brought under Alabama and federal law, including claims brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She represents clients involved in lawsuits filed in both federal and state courts, and has significant appellate experience before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the Alabama Supreme Court. Ms. Smith also regularly consults with clients on day-to-day employment matters involving employee policies and handbooks, discipline and termination, and exemption classifications. Using her skills and experience, Ms. Smith applies a practical approach to her clients’ problems to create solutions that make sense in today’s changing world.

In addition to her work with clients, Ms. Smith contributes to Lanier Ford’s Third-Shift Employment Law Blog.

Representative Cases

Howard Industries, Inc. v. Ridgeway, 2015 WL 3953052 (S.D. Miss. June 29, 2015).

Hawkins v. Carmean, 562 Fed. Appx. 740 (11th Cir. 2014).

Bailey v. City of Huntsville, 517 Fed. Appx. 857 (11th Cir. 2013).

Sims v. Leonard, 465 Fed. Appx. 869 (11th Cir. 2012).

Garcia v. Killingsworth, 425 Fed. Appx. 831 (11th Cir. 2011).

Brown v. City of Huntsville, 608 F.3d 724 (11th Cir. 2010).

Presentations

Professional Affiliations

  • Alabama Bar Association
  • Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association
    Secretary-Treasurer, Young Lawyers Section, 2010-2011
  • North Alabama Society of Human Resources Management

Education

  • J.D.,with great distinction, 2008, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, CA
    Order of the Coif
    Traynor Honor Society
    Witkin Award for Advanced Trial Advocacy, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Pretrial Litigation, and Evidence
    Member, McGeorge Mock Trial Competition Team, 2007-2008
  • B.A., magna cum laude, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA

Bar Admissions

Alabama, 2008

Court Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • All Alabama state courts

Community Involvement

  • Women’s Economic Development Council
    Secretary, WEDC Milestones, 2016-2017
  • Member, WEDC Foundation Board of Directors
  • Mentor, Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Alabama

Other Experience

Law Clerk, Madison County Circuit Judge Bruce Williams, 2009-1010.

CONTACT

  • 256-535-1100
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