Experienced Attorney Serving Germantown, MD Employers and Employees in Employment and Labor Law Matters
Whether you are an employer in need of assistance developing and maintaining an effective compliance program, an employer facing a claim of harassment in the workplace, or an employee who has been harmed by retaliation or wrongful termination, you need to put experience on your side. Joyce E. Smithey is a career employment lawyer who represents companies and individuals in Germantown, MD and statewide.
A Partner at Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC and leader of the firm’s labor and employment practice group, Joyce E. Smithey is a seasoned employment lawyer with more than 17 years of experience representing Maryland employers and employees. Focusing her practice exclusively in the area of employment law for well over a decade, Ms. Smithey brings a wealth of knowledge and deep, practical insights to helping employers mitigate their risk of litigation while helping employees find a voice and vigorously protect their legal rights.
Within the employment and labor law realm, Ms. Smithey’s practice is devoted to three primary areas: (i) counseling and claim prevention for employers, (ii) employment contract and severance negotiations, and (iii) representing employers and employees in employment-related administrative hearings, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and civil litigation.
Background, Experience, and Pro Bono Work
A graduate of Severna Park High School, Joyce E. Smithey attended college and law school outside of Maryland and began her legal career in New Hampshire. Following her return to Maryland more than a decade ago, Ms. Smithey joined the law firm of Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC (now known as Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC). A recognized authority in Maryland and federal employment law, Ms. Smithey has published extensively on employment and labor law issues, including authoring the Fourth Edition of Maryland Rules Commentary and serving as contributing author for the MSBA Employment Law Deskbook.
Ms. Smithey also does significant pro bono work in Maryland, including serving on the Employment and Labor Law Hotline for the Women’s Law Center and teaching in the Workplace Street Law Program. She regularly speaks in the media on employment and labor law matters and teaches seminars and law school courses, as well.
Employment and Labor Law Areas of Practice
Serving both employers and employees, Ms. Smithey offers her clients the unique perspective of having considered the issues affecting their lives and businesses from both sides of the table. Ms. Smithey regularly represents clients in Germantown and throughout Maryland in the following areas:
- Compliance and Claim Prevention
- Employment Contract Matters
- Equal Pay Act Violations
- ERISA Matters
- Medical Leave Issues
- Retaliation and Reprisal
- Sexual Harassment
- Wage and Hour Issues
- WARN Act Violations
- Workplace Privacy
- Wrongful Discharge
Learn more about Ms. Smithey’s areas of representation for Germantown, MD employers and employees.
Experienced, Focused, and Committed Legal Representation for Employers and Employees in Germantown, MD
When it comes to the complex and nuanced area of employment and labor law, your choice of legal representation matters. Maryland employment law attorney Joyce E. Smithey offers:
1. Deep Insights from Practical Experience
From counseling employers on claim avoidance to representing employees in discrimination litigation, Ms. Smithey brings extensive knowledge and experience to representing companies and individuals in Germantown. She calls upon her past work to provide insightful, forward-thinking advice based upon real-life experiences and case decisions.
2. Broad Knowledge in a Narrow Field
By devoting her practice to employment and labor law for over 17 years, Ms. Smithey has developed a niche practice through which she is able to provide comprehensive advice to her clients’ in their unique areas of need. Ms. Smithey continues to do what she does best, and it shows in the results she has secured for her clients.
3. A Hard-Earned Reputation in the Legal Community
Ms. Smithey has received numerous awards, and she has earned a strong reputation in Maryland’s employment and labor law community. She is a multiple-time recipient of the Maryland Super Lawyer designation in the area of Employment and Labor Law, and she was named among Maryland’s Top 50 Women Attorneys as published in Baltimore Magazine. Ms. Smithey has been quoted by the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post among other publications, and she has been interviewed for many programs, including NPR’s All Things Considered.
Contact Attorney Joyce E. Smithey for a Confidential Initial Consultation
If you would like to discuss your company’s legal needs or your personal employment situation in Germantown, MD with Ms. Smithey, please call (410) 269-5066 or inquire online to schedule a confidential initial consultation.