Mary-Kate Smith is an employee rights advocate representing individuals in all aspects of employment-related claims before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, involving wrongful discharge, discrimination, sexual, racial and other forms of unlawful harassment, defamation, breach of contract, First Amendment speech, whistleblowing activity and wage and hour violations. She advises clients with respect to employment, severance, termination, and non-competition agreements. In addition, Ms. Smith handles personal injury and civil rights claims. She is admitted to the Connecticut and New York state bars and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Before joining the Law of Office of Lewis Chimes LLC, Ms. Smith was a civil litigator at a well-established Stamford based firm, where for over ten years she litigated in a variety of areas including employment-related matters, land use appeals, business and contract disputes, personal injury claims, civil rights matters, and commercial and residential leases.
Ms. Smith is a 2004 graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law (with Honors). She received her master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2001) and her bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University (Cum Laude, 1998). During law school, she advocated for civil liberties at the Office of the Community Lawyer in Winsted, CT and received recognition for her service in the Asylum and Human Rights clinic representing refugees seeking political asylum in the United States. After law school, Ms. Smith served as law clerk to the Honorable Thomas A. Bishop of the Connecticut Appellate Court.
Ms. Smith is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, and the Fairfield County Bar Association. Ms. Smith served as co-chair of the Employment Law Committee of the Fairfield County Bar Association, is a member of the leadership team for the CTLA Women’s Caucus and serves on the board for the Women’s Mentoring Network, a career and personal advancement non-profit organization that helps to empower women in need.
Ms. Smith was selected to the Connecticut “Rising Star” list published in New England Super Lawyers Magazine and Connecticut Magazine for the years 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. She has been selected to their Connecticut “Super Lawyer” list for 2018.