Ms. Smith has represented and advised Fortune 250 companies as well as governmental entities. Her litigation experience includes general employment law disputes involving claims pursuant to the ADA, FMLA, FLSA, and Title VII.
She is a frequent speaker before business and employer associations.
While attending law school, she was a member of the Holderness Moot Court.
Honors and Recognitions
•Wake County Volunteer Lawyers Program, Outstanding Volunteer (2002)
•“The New Labor Landscape: Are you prepared?” North Carolina Bar Association Labor & Employment Newsletter, Vol. 30, No. 3 (April 2012) [Co-Author]
•“Damages, Damages, Damages! Damages Issues and Practical Strategies for Damges Containment,” DRI Employment Law Seminar Manuscript (January 2003) [Co-Author]
Speeches and Presentations
•“Social Media and the Workplace: Harassment, Bullying and Hiring Issues,” EEOC TAPS Seminar (Charlotte, NC, May 2016 and Durham, NC, June 2016) (presenter)
•“Employee Handbook Landmines,” NC Bankers Association CBS Benefits Day and HR Conference (Greensboro, NC, March 2016) (presenter)
•“What’s Going On?!? Hot Topics in Employment Law,” Moore County Human Resources Executive Association (Southern Pines, NC, October 2015) (presenter)
•“Facebook Hire, Facebook Fire (Benefits and Risk to Employers Using Social Media,” North Carolina League of Municipalities Annual Conference (Hickory, NC, October 2013) (presenter)
•“Thirteen Prescriptions for HR Health,” North Carolina Chapter of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources Conference (Raleigh, NC, March 2013) (presenter)
•“Human Resources Alphabet Soup,” North Carolina Chapter of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources Conference (Raleigh, NC, March 2012) (presenter)
•“Hot Button Issues in Employment Law,” North Carolina Association of Police Attorneys Conference (Shell Island, NC, October 2011) (presenter)
•“Starting off on the Right Foot-How to Vet Job Applicants without Breaking the Law,” North Carolina Chapter of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources Conference (Raleigh, NC, March 2011) (presenter)
•“Blogging, Facebook, T[sex]ting and Twitter in the Work Place,” North Carolina Association of Police Attorneys Conference (Asheville, NC, April 2010) (presenter)
In the News
August 15, 2018
Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2019
WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 200 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal...
August 15, 2017
Best Lawyers in America Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys in Its 2018 Edition
WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 193 attorneys, were recognized in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers lists are...
March 31, 2017
Michelle Phillips and Ann Smith Discuss North Carolina Overturning Controversial 'Bathroom Bill'
Michelle Phillips and Ann Smith discuss the state House and Senate vote to overturn NC's H.B. 2, requiring transgender individuals to use the bathroom in public buildings that matches the gender indicated on their birth certificates in N.C. Repeals ‘Bathroom Bill,’ Preempts Local...
May 5, 2016
Department of Justice Warns Governor that North Carolina LGBT Law is Unlawful
North Carolina’s law restricting access to restrooms based on an individual’s sex assigned at birth and not based on an individual’s consistent gender identity violates both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the United States Department of Justice has said in a letter to...
March 28, 2016
North Carolina Legislation Removes LGBT Protections and Possible Wrongful Termination Claims
The North Carolina General Assembly’s “Single-Sex Multiple Occupancy” Act (also known as “HB-2”), which prevents cities and counties from passing their own anti-discrimination rules, is attracting nationwide attention due to its adverse treatment of transgender persons in public accommodations. However, the...
8th Annual Raleigh Workplace Law Symposium
When February 21, 2019 - 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST
Location 9401 Glenwood Avenue - Raleigh, NC
Credits: CLE - Pending, HRCI - Pending, SHRM - Pending
Professional Associations and Activities
•North Carolina Bar Association