Mr. Smith practices primarily in the areas of employment law, civil litigation, business and corporate law, contracts, construction law, federal government contracts, postal law, and torts. He has extensive litigation experience in these areas and has appeared before federal district courts, courts of appeal, bankruptcy courts, boards of contract appeal, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit System Protection Board, and state courts and administrative agencies. Mr. Smith was the 2014 Chairman of the Grand Rapids Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section. He has been recognized by Best's Lawyers in America in the category of Employment Law – Individual.
Mr. Smith has successfully assisted clients with document drafting, discrimination claims, disability and Family Medical Leave Act compliance issues, employee handbook questions, and contract disputes. Mr. Smith’s litigation experience enables him to spot issues and propose solutions for his clients, thereby saving them time and money by avoiding and addressing legal issues before problems arise.
Prior to joining Wheeler Upham, Mr. Smith was in-house counsel with the U.S. Postal Service, where he handled some of its most complex litigation involving personal injury, construction claims, leasing issues, and contract disputes. He has unique expertise in federal sector employment law and represents employees of federal agencies in many forums. Mr. Smith handles litigation against the federal government that other attorneys shy away from, including claims arising under the various civil rights laws, the Federal Torts Claim Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and the Contract Disputes Act.
Mr. Smith has published articles in the Michigan Bar Journal on mail disputes and bankruptcy appeals.