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Elizabeth M. Smith

One Financial Plaza
755 Main Street
Suite 2000
Hartford, Connecticut 06103
Phone:  860.656.1932
Fax:  860.656.1940


Ms. Smith has nearly 20 years of experience in labor and employment law and commercial litigation, representing businesses of all sizes on a variety of legal issues before administrative agencies, arbitrators, and in state and federal courts.

She regularly provides advice and counsel to employers in the public and private sectors on issues such as employment agreements, employee discipline and termination, layoffs, leaves of absence, and wage and hour law. She handles discrimination claims, conducts internal investigations, and negotiates executive contracts for employers. In her commercial litigation practice, Ms. Smith focuses on matters involving contract disputes, trade secret misappropriation, regulatory compliance, and insurance defense.

Recently, Ms. Smith served as Associate General Counsel for Labor & Employment for a large health system and as General Counsel for a mid-sized homecare agency where, among other responsibilities, she managed litigation matters with outside counsel. This afforded her a unique opportunity to experience and better appreciate the legal process and client needs from a client's perspective.

Published Works

  • Contributor to Moore, Pamela J., "Connecticut Employment Law", Connecticut Law Tribune, 2014
  • "Consumer Lending Laws - Avoiding Violations and Responding to Complaints," Thelen LLP, February 2007
  • "A Borrower's Best Interests: Subjective 'Tangible Net Benefit' Test Leaves Residential Mortgage Lenders in a Quandary," The Abstract, American College of Mortgage Attorneys, Fall 2006
  • "Paternalism and the ADA: Can Employers Protect Employees From Themselves?" Tyler Cooper & Alcorn, LLP, August 2002
  • "Hunte v. Blumenthal: A Case of Mistaken Identity?" Connecticut Law Review, 1997

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Hartford, Connecticut, 2018 - present
  • Family Care Plus LLC, General Counsel, Stratford, Connecticut, 2017 - 2018
  • Hartford Healthcare Corporation, Associate General Counsel for Labor & Employment, Hartford, Connecticut, 2015 - 2017
  • McCarter & English LLP, Hartford, Connecticut, 2011 - 2015
  • Robinson & Cole LLP, Hartford, Connecticut, 2008 - 2011
  • Thelen LLP, Hartford, Connecticut, 2005 - 2008
  • Connecticut Hospital Association, Director of Patient Care Regulation, Wallingford, Connecticut, 2004
  • Tyler Cooper & Alcorn LLP, Hartford, Connecticut, 1998 - 2004

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Standing Committee on Professionalism
  • Rebuilding Together Hartford, Board Member


  • J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, 1998, with honors
  • M.B.A., University of Connecticut School of Business, 1998
  • B.S., Medical Technology, Mississippi State University, 1982

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1998

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2009
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2009
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, 2009