Elizabeth Connellan Smith

Elizabeth Connellan Smith: Attorney with Verrill Dana LLP
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  • One Portland Square, P.O. Box 586, Portland, ME 04112-0586
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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 expertise 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 expertise in drafting and maintaining Affirmative Action plans and programs for employers in many fields.

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Biography

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 ), 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 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.

Honors

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

Public Service

SARS (Board Member, 1996-2001, Vice President 1998-1999, President 2000- 2001)
Board of Directors for the Catherine Morrill Day Nursery (Board Member, 2003- 2006, Vice President and Chairperson of the Personnel Committee, 2004- 2005, President, 2005-2006)
Junior League of Portland, 2006-.

Highlights

Beth is a fantastic attorney. I really loved her attention to detail and prompt response to my inquiries.

EMPLOYMENT BLOG
“Taking Care of HR Business” provides news and legal updates for HR professionals.

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018.

Events

June 20-22, 2018

38th Annual National Workers' Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conference
Speaking Engagements
Elizabeth Connellan Smith

January 25, 2018

2018 Annual Employment Law Update
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez, Joanna S. Bowers, Robert C. Brooks, Douglas P. Currier, Benjamin E. Ford, Gregory S. Fryer, Sara E. Hirshon, Christopher S. Lockman, Maryann McGinn, Suzanne E. Meeker, Richard G. Moon, Elizabeth Connellan Smith, Douglas R. Steinmetz, Mathew J. Todaro, Patricia D. Weitzman, Calvin K. Woo

September 29, 2017

New England Workers' Compensation Conference
Speaking Engagements
Elizabeth Connellan Smith

August 28, 2017

The Future is Here: Workers' Comp and the Cyber Age
Speaking Engagements
Elizabeth Connellan Smith

April 27, 2017

CVB Annual Meeting Workshops - Hiring for Your Busy Season
Speaking Engagements
Tawny L. Alvarez, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

February 25, 2017

HR Power Hour: Wearable Technology
Speaking Engagements
Benjamin E. Ford, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

January 26, 2017

2017 Annual Employment Law Update
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez, Joanna S. Bowers, Robert C. Brooks, Douglas P. Currier, Benjamin E. Ford, Christopher S. Lockman, Suzanne E. Meeker, Richard G. Moon, Elizabeth Connellan Smith, Douglas R. Steinmetz, Patricia D. Weitzman

October 14, 2016

Workers' Comp and Circumstance
Speaking Engagements
Elizabeth Connellan Smith

April 6, 2016

'Tis the Season for Hiring
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

January 27, 2016

2016 Annual Employment Law Update
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez, Joanna S. Bowers, Robert C. Brooks, Douglas P. Currier, Benjamin E. Ford, Richard G. Moon, Elizabeth Connellan Smith, Douglas R. Steinmetz, Patricia D. Weitzman

December 1, 2015

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Unless Your Holiday Policies and Festivities Leave You Open to Liability
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez

May 13, 2014

SEMINAR - Summer School: Seasonal Employment and the Millennials
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

May 13, 2014

WEBINAR - Summer School: Seasonal Employment and the Millennials
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

January 22, 2014

2014 Annual Employment Law Update
Hosted Events
Eric D. Altholz, Tawny L. Alvarez, Robert C. Brooks, Douglas P. Currier, Richard G. Moon, Misti D. Munster, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

November 20, 2013

SEMINAR - How to 86 Employee Issues in the Food Service Industry
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

November 20, 2013

WEBINAR - How to 86 Employee Issues in the Food Service Industry
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

May 23, 2013

Health Care Reform - Do I Know Everything I Really Need to Know?: Impact to Employers and Employees
Speaking Engagements
Misti D. Munster, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

May 17, 2013

MAPP 2013 Spring Seminar
Speaking Engagements
Misti D. Munster, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

March 27, 2013

SEMINAR - Maine's Three Seasons: Winter, August and Hiring
Hosted Events
Elizabeth Connellan Smith

March 27, 2013

WEBINAR - Maine’s Three Seasons: Winter, August and Hiring
Hosted Events
Elizabeth Connellan Smith

January 30, 2013

2013 Annual Employment Law Update
Hosted Events
Eric D. Altholz, Tawny L. Alvarez, Robert C. Brooks, Douglas P. Currier, Richard G. Moon, Misti D. Munster, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

November 7, 2012

SEMINAR - Independent Streak: Understanding Maine’s New Independent Contractor Law
Hosted Events
Elizabeth Connellan Smith

November 7, 2012

WEBINAR - Independent Streak: Understanding Maine’s New Independent Contractor Law
Hosted Events
Elizabeth Connellan Smith

June 7, 2012

The Way Life Should Be: New Legislative Enactments for a More Business-Friendly Climate in Maine
Hosted Events
Elizabeth Connellan Smith

January 26, 2012

2012 Annual Employment Law Update
Hosted Events
Robert C. Brooks, Douglas P. Currier, Richard G. Moon, Elizabeth Connellan Smith

November 17, 2011

Is the Maine Workers' Compensation Board Open for Business in 2012?
Hosted Events
Elizabeth Connellan Smith

October 5-6, 2011

Workers' Compensation Symposium
Speaking Engagements
Elizabeth Connellan Smith

Experience

Independent Contractors
We advised client with respect to hiring independent contractors and the employee benefit and employment tax issues related to independent contractors and assisted with drafting independent contractor agreement, reviewed all employee benefit plans regarding independent contractors, and drafted amendments to plan documents to provide “Microsoft language” in the event independent contractors were reclassified.

News

February 22, 2018

Verrill Dana Attorney Elizabeth Connellan Smith Co-Authors Maine Chapter of Workers’ Compensation Emerging Issues Analysis
Press Releases
Elizabeth Connellan Smith

August 24, 2017

First Maine Named Co-Chair of the ABA Workers’ Compensation Standing Committee
Press Releases
Elizabeth Connellan Smith

May 17, 2017

No Widespread Implications Yet in Alabama Workers Comp Law Ruling
Media Mentions
Elizabeth Connellan Smith

March 24, 2014

Elizabeth Connellan Smith Inducted into the American Bar Association College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Press Releases
Elizabeth Connellan Smith

September 7, 2011

Elizabeth Connellan Smith to Assist NWCDN Medicare Study
Press Releases
Elizabeth Connellan Smith

February 9, 2005

Verrill Dana, LLP Names New Partners and Counsel
Press Releases
Elizabeth Connellan Smith

Publications

February 8, 2018

2018 Annual Employment Law Update Materials
Seminar Materials
Tawny Alvarez, Joanna Bowers, Robert Brooks, Douglas Currier, Benjamin Ford, Gregory Fryer, Sara Hirshon, Christopher Lockman, Maryann McGinn, Suzanne Meeker, Richard Moon, Elizabeth Smith, Douglas Steinmetz, Mathew Todaro, Patricia Weitzman, and Calvin Woo

August 2017

2017 Workers' Compensation Emerging Issues Analysis
Published Works
Elizabeth Smith

June 21, 2017

PODCAST - Medical Marijuana: Is it reasonable and necessary?
Published Works
Elizabeth Smith

January 27, 2017

2017 Annual Employment Law Update Materials
Seminar Materials
Tawny Alvarez, Joanna Bowers, Robert Brooks, Douglas Currier, Christopher Lockman, Suzanne Meeker, Richard Moon, Elizabeth Smith, Douglas Steinmetz, and Patricia Weitzman

October 17, 2016

Innovations in Workers' Compensation Regulation From the IAIABC Conference, 2016
Published Works
Elizabeth Smith

January 27, 2016

2016 Annual Employment Law Update Materials
Seminar Materials
Tawny Alvarez, Joanna Bowers, Robert Brooks, Douglas Currier, Benjamin Ford, Richard Moon, Elizabeth Smith, Douglas Steinmetz, and Patricia Weitzman

April 9, 2013

Maine Employers and the Take Your Gun to Work Law
Alerts and Newsletters

March 1, 2013

Whistleblower Complaints under the Affordable Care Act
Alerts and Newsletters

January 30, 2013

2013 Annual Employment Law Update
Seminar Materials

November 7, 2012

Independent Streak: Understanding Maine's New Independent Contractor Law
Seminar Materials
Elizabeth Smith

June 7, 2012

The Way Life Should Be: New Legislative Enactments for a More Business-Friendly Climate in Maine
Seminar Materials
Elizabeth Smith

January 26, 2012

Smoke and Mirrors: Navigating the New Medical Marijuana Law
Seminar Materials
Elizabeth Smith

November 17, 2011

Is Maines Workers' Compensation Board Open for Business in 2012?
Seminar Materials
Elizabeth Smith

November 30, 2009

Construction Law Alert: New Laws Penalize Construction Firms For Misclassifying Workers As Independent Contractors
Alerts and Newsletters

March 19, 2008

Labor & Employment Alert: Department of Labor Proposes New Rules Updating Family And Medical Leave Act
Alerts and Newsletters

May 1, 2006

Corporate Counselor- Mental Health Disability Leave
Published Works

Legal Update: Times May Be A-Changin
Published Works
Douglas Currier and Elizabeth Smith

The 411 On Recent Changes at the Workers’ Compensation Board
Published Works
Douglas Currier and Elizabeth Smith

American Bar Association College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers,
2014-

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Labor & Employment
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Hospitality

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(207) 253-4460  Phone
(207) 253-4461  Fax
www.verrilldana.com/esmith
University Attended:
Bowdoin College, A.B., cum laude, 1987
Law School Attended:
University of Maine School of Law, J.D., 1992
Year of First admission:
1993
Admission:
2001, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; 2002, U.S. Court of Appeals (First Circuit); 2002, U.S. District Court for the District of Maine; 2007, Massachusetts; 1993, Maine
Memberships:

Memberships

American Bar Association
Maine State and Cumberland Bar Associations
Employer Co-chair, American Bar Association Workers' Compensation Standing
Committee, 2017-
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
fellow, American Bar Association College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers,
2014-

ISLN:
900525597

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