Dianne Baquet Smith: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Dianne Baquet Smith


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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Labor and Employment Counseling
  • Handbooks and Personnel Policies
  • Employment Agreements
  • Labor and Employment Litigation
  • Employee Benefits/ERISA
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare
University Stanford University, A.B., 1977
Law SchoolUniversity of California, Berkeley, J.D., 1980
Admitted1980, California; U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California


•Member, American Bar Association

•Member, National Bar Association

•Member, Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles

•Former President and Board Member, Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles Foundation

•Vice President and Board Member, California Bar Foundation, 2010-present

•Board Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association Foundation, 2007-2010

•Vice Chair, Diversity in the Profession Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2006 - present

•Former Judge Pro Tem, Los Angeles County Municipal Court

•Former Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative


Dianne Baquet Smith is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office. Prior to joining the firm in 1991, Ms. Smith was senior labor and employment counsel with Sears, Roebuck and Co.'s Regional Law Department, where she litigated cases and provided legal services and advice to facilities in 14 western states.

Areas of Practice

Ms. Smith has extensive experience representing management in litigation of wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, breach of contract, breach of public policy, ERISA, and other types of employment cases, through trial. She has handled traditional labor issues (grievance arbitrations, union representation proceedings, unfair labor practices, strikes, contract negotiations, lockouts, handbilling, picketing, etc.). She has trained and advised clients on personnel matters, employment practices, compliance, loss prevention, operating, and other subjects, facilitating preventative and necessary responsive action. She has handled a broad range of administrative matters regarding business practices, including wage and hour claims, employment discrimination charges with state and federal agencies in California, Oregon and Washington, and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, OSHA, and the California Department of Industrial Relations.

As a trial attorney with the National Labor Relations Board from 1980 through 1982, Ms. Smith investigated and tried unfair labor practice cases and handled representation matters and injunction proceedings.


•Received the Preeminent AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell (This is the highest rating an attorney can receive for legal quality and ethics)

•Recognized by the California Diversity Council as the Most Powerful and Influential Woman of California, 2014

•Southern California Super Lawyers, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013


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Dianne Baquet Smith

Forty-Third Floor, 333 South Hope Street
Los AngelesCA 90071-1448


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