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Elizabeth Connellan Smith

Elizabeth Connellan Smith

Counsel

Verrill
Maine, U.S.A.

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Profile

Beth has litigated numerous employment and labor law matters in the course of her practice, 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), and an American Bar Association College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Fellow. 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 Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC), 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; Beth obtained a settlement on behalf of a client in excess of $350,000
  • Assisted in the hearing and appeal process regarding a union driver 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 lectured on issues of employment law and litigation in a variety of forums

Bar Admissions

  • Maine
  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Education

  • University of Maine School of Law  (J.D.)
  • Bowdoin College  (A.B., cum laude)
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Maine State and Cumberland Bar Associations
  • Executive Board, National Workers' Compensation Defense Network (2018-present)
  • Employer Co-chair, American Bar Association Workers' Compensation Standing Committee (2017-present)
  • Red Mass Committee, Co-chair, 2003-2005; Founding Member of Host Committee (1998-present)
  • Member, Women’s Law Section and Employment Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association
  • Cumberland Bar Association (1992-1998, 2006-present)
  • Member, National Workers' Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN) (2006-present)
  • Boston Bar Association (2007)
  • Fellow, American Bar Association College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers (2014-present)



Professional Activities and Experience

Accolades
  • 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
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Workers' Compensation, Employment & Labor

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Blogs

Benefits Law Update
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Welcome to the Verrill Dana Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group blog. Members of the Group use this space to provide timely updates and commentary on developments in law affecting employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements. We intend this blog to serve as a...

Taking Care of HR Business
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In the words of Bob Dylan: "the times they are a-changin." For anyone who deals with labor and employment issues in the workplace, Dylan's words are particularly true. Human resource professionals, supervisors, and company executives face a constantly changing and evolving legal landscape. ...

WSG's members are independent firms and are not affiliated in the joint practice of professional services. Each member exercises its own individual judgments on all client matters.

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