Ralph R. Smith, 3rd

Shareholder; Co-Chair, Labor and Employment Practice
Mount Laurel,  NJ  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Health Care and Dental Law
  • Labor and Employment
University Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1986
Law SchoolTemple University James E. Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, J.D., Cum Laude, 1989
Admitted1990, New Jersey; 1990, Pennsylvania

Professional Associations and Memberships

•Camden County Bar Association, Member
•Camden County Inns of Court, Member
•New Jersey State Bar Association, Member
•New Jersey Federal Bar Association, Member
•Society of Human Resource Management, Member
•Widner University Graduate School of Business, Adjunct Professor


Mr. Smith practices in employment litigation and preventative employment practices, including counseling employers on the creation of employment policies, non-compete and trade secret agreements, and training employers to avoid employment-related litigation. He represents both companies and individuals in related complex commercial litigation before federal states courts and administrative agencies in labor and employment cases including race, gender, age, national origin, disability and workplace harassment and discrimination matters, wage-and-hour disputes, restrictive covenants, grievances, arbitrations, drug testing, and employment related contract issues.

Mr. Smith also counsels health care clients in reviewing employment contracts, negotiating restrictive covenants and handling actions related to the enforcement of noncompete provisions against physicians and other health care professionals.


•September 11th and Its Effect on the Workplace, Society for Human Resource Management Newsletter
•Supreme Court Weighs in on FMLA, Society for Human Resource Management Newsletter
•The Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Society for Human Resource Management Newsletter
•United States Supreme Court Weighs in on FMLA Notice Requirements, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
•Blowing in the Wind - The Future of New Jersey's Non-Compete Law, and, The Do's and Don'ts of Interviewing, New Jersey Collegiate Press Association Publication
•Chapter 6 - Terms and Conditions of Employment, Co-Author, “Pennsylvania Employment Law Deskbook, ”, 2012 and 2014 Editions


•Background Checks: Top 10 Do's and Don't's, Lorman Education Services webinar, 2015
•Safe Terminations, Southern Shore Human Resource Management Association of NJ, Inc., 2015
•Conducting Background Checks: Employee Privacy Rights and Hiring Decisions, National Constitution Center, 2015
•Unlawful Harassment Preventing and Addressing Harassment in the Workplace, in-house presentation to client Evesham MUA, 2014
•Dealing with Employees Who Have Been Charged with a Crime, Lorman Education Services live webinar, 2014
•Employment Law: 2014 Comprehensive Guide, National Business Institute, 2014
•Unlawful Harassment: Preventing and Addressing Harassment in the Workplace, Conair Corporation, 2014
•Preventing Unlawful Harassment in the Workplace, in-house presentation to Cherry Hill Diner, 2014
•Fundamentals of Employment Law, Sterling Educational Services, 2014
•15th Annual Hiring and Terminating: The Ins and Outs of Employment Law, Sterling Education Services, 2014
•Managing the Managing Process: How to Limit Liability for Employment Issues in New Jersey, Lorman Education Services, 2014
•Conducting Background Checks, Southern Shore HR Management Association of New Jersey, 2014
•The Affordable Care Act - Obamacare, The Hellenic Expo, 2014
•Managing the Managing Process: How to Limit Liability for Employment Issues in New Jersey, Lorman Educational Services, 2014
•Dealing with Employees Who Have Been Charged with a Crime, Lorman Educational Services webinar, 2014
•Conducting Background Checks, Lorman Educational Services webinar, 2014
•Handling Employees Who Are Arrested and/or Charged With (But Not Convicted of) Crimes, Clear Law Institute webinar, 2014
•Policies and Procedures in Dealing with Employees Who Have Been Charged with Crimes, audio conference, Lorman Education Services, 2013
•“Best Practices in Labor and Employment”, Sterling Education Services, Wilmington, DE, 2013
•The New World Revisited - Navigating the Often Treacherous Waters of American Employment Law, Italy American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, 2013
•How the HR Department Can Save the Company Money, Lorman Education Services, September 2013
•Employment Law: Beyond the Basics, Sterling Education Services, Newark, NJ, August 2013
•Human Resources Law What you Need to Know Now, National Business Institute, August 2013
•Restrictive Covenants and the Medical Professional, Asian Indian Professionals Association, 2013
•Fair Labor Standard Act in New Jersey, Lorman Education Services, 2013
•Conducting Background Checks, Lorman Education Services, 2013
•Fundamentals of Employment Law Seminar, Sterling Education Services, 2012


•Ralph Smith, 3rd Speaks at NBI Seminar
•Capehart Scatchard Congratulates 2013 Awesome Attorneys
•Capehart Scatchard Employment Attorney Addresses Human Resources Best Practices


•U.S. Department of Labor Adopts New FMLA Regulation on Same Sex Spouses
•Wrongful Discharge Public Policy Claim Does Not Extend to Discharge Due to Close Association with a Convicted Co-Worker
•New Jersey Supreme Court Adopts Employer Defense to Harassment Claims
•New Jersey Supreme Court Clarifies Required Independent Contractor Test Under Wage and Hour Laws
•Third Circuit Court of Appeals Addresses Strenuous Standard for Harassment Claims Under Title VII
•New Jersey Appeal Court Reaffirms Legal Importance of Workplace Anti-Harassment Measures
•New Jersey Joins the “Ban The Box” Crowd
•Public Employee Has First Amendment Right to Refuse Flu Shot
•Third Circuit Weighs in on “Donning and Doffing” Issue
•Court Upholds Dismissal of Corrections Officer Who Could Not Possess Firearm
•NJLAD Now Expressly Prohibits Pregnancy Discrimination
•Employee's Whistleblower Claim Reinstated Under Recent Appellate Division Decision
•Five New Years Resolutions for Your Workplace in 2014


•Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Jerome B. Simandle, current Chief Judge, United States District Court, District of New Jersey Camden


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Federal Court Rules that NJ’s Wage and Hour Law Allows for Filing of Private Overtime Claims
Ralph R. Smith, July 3, 2015
In a case of first impression, a Federal District Judge has ruled that New Jersey’s Wage and Hour Law allows for a private right of action to be brought by employees for a claim of non-payment of overtime.

U.S. Department Of Labor Adopts New FMLA Regulation On Same Sex Spouses
Ralph R. Smith, June 15, 2015
Recently, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) updated its regulatory definition of “spouse” to take into account how to determine when same gender spouses may be eligible for leave under the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). The new...

New Jersey Supreme Court Adopts Employer Defense To Harassment Claims
Ralph R. Smith, April 27, 2015
In one of the most highly anticipated decisions of the court’s term, the New Jersey Supreme Court recently gave employers what for years has been hoped to be an affirmative defense to harassment claims based upon the preventive measures adopted by employers to eradicate harassment in the...

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Ralph R. Smith, 3rd

8000 Midlantic Drive
Mount LaurelNJ 08054


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