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Elizabeth Connellan Smith

Elizabeth Connellan Smith


Verrill Dana, LLP
Maine, U.S.A.

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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). 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.

  • Bar Admissions

    • 1993, Maine
    • 2001, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
    • 2002, U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
    • 2002, United States Court of Appeals First Circuit
    • 2007, Massachusetts.


    • University of Maine School of Law
    • Bowdoin College
    Areas of Practice
    Professional Career

    Significant Accomplishments

    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

    Professional Associations

    • 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.

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