Georgia attorney Louise N. Smith represents clients in a wide range of employment and business law matters, including class and collective action litigation. For example, in 2017, the Firm successfully resolved a nationwide FLSA collective action on behalf of more than 250 cable installation technicians who were not paid overtime and minimum wages. Louise also drafts, reviews and negotiates business and employment contracts, including restrictive covenants. She litigates minimum wage and overtime disputes, and various types of discrimination disputes, including race, color, gender, sexual harassment, age, and disability. Louise has successfully tried cases for both plaintiffs and defendants, including a retaliation case on behalf of an employee and a sexual harassment case on behalf of a manager who was wrongfully accused of sexually harassing two female subordinates. She has also successfully obtained numerous settlements for her clients in employment and whistleblower cases.
Known as effective and knowledgeable in her field, Louise was recognized in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 by the Georgia Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the area of Employment Litigation. Among clients, Louise is also recognized as an attorney who goes "above and beyond," provides "excellent legal services with a personable touch," and treats each client "as a person not a case."
Louise received a Juris Doctor from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law. She received a Master of Arts degree in Communication and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Auburn University, where she was a member of the women’s basketball team.
Prior to opening SMITH LAW, Louise worked at a nationally recognized plaintiffs’ law firm representing individuals in employment disputes, and at a law firm representing employees and employers in employment and business disputes.
Louise was born and raised “Down Under” in Melbourne, Australia. She is married to William. They are the proud parents of two children, Alana and William Smith. Louise enjoys spending time with her family and watching British period dramas.
Contributing Author, Midwinter Treatise Supplement: The Fair Labor Standards Act. American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law Fair Labor Standards Act Subcommittee (February 2019)
Contributing Author, Midwinter Treatise Supplement: The Fair Labor Standards Act. American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law Fair Labor Standards Act Subcommittee (February 2018)
Employers Beware: Civil RICO Provision Creates Private Enforcement of Immigration Laws, 27 A.B.A. J. Lab. & Emp. L. 103-119 (2011)
Sarbanes-Oxley Evidence Destruction Statute Has Much Wider Impact than on Just Business Cases, The Federal Lawyer (July 2011)
Still Crazy After All These Years, Feminism and Legal Education, Feminist & Critical Theory Opening Colloquium, in conjunction with the Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference, Mercer University School of Law, Macon, Georgia (April 2011)
American Bar Association, Fair Labor Standards Act Subcommittee
Atlanta Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
National Employment Lawyers Association (Georgia Chapter; Legislative Action Team)
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
J.D., Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University
International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocacy Award
M.A., Communication, Auburn University
B.A., Journalism, Auburn University
All Magistrate, State, and Superior courts in the State of Georgia
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
Court of Appeals of Georgia
Supreme Court of Georgia
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
Louise Smith represents clients in a wide range of employment and business law matters, including class and collective action litigation. Louise also drafts, reviews and negotiates business and employment contracts, including restrictive covenants.
William Smith represents clients in foreclosure, title, and eviction litigation, landlord-tenant matters, employment law, and business/commercial law. William also represents victims of excessive force by law enforcement.
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