Douglas G. Smith
Firm: Jackson Lewis P.C.
Address: One PPG Place, 28th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Membership: Professional Associations and Activities•American Bar Association
University: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1981; Indiana University of Pennsylvania, M.A., Labor/Employee Relations, 1983, Duquesne University, J.D., with honors, 1989
Admitted: 1989, Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court, Middle, Western and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third and Sixth Circuits
Biography: Douglas G. Smith is the Office Managing Shareholder of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is also the national Pro Bono Coordinator and, for the last two years, has served as national chair of the firm's Partnership Admission Committee.In addition to counseling employers in matters such as union organizational campaigns, Mr. Smith focuses his practice in the area of employment law litigation before agencies and courts on the state and federal level. Mr. Smith has successfully litigated matters in state and federal court under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and various state tort theories. Mr. Smith also regularly represents employers in collective bargaining in all industries with an emphasis assisting acute care and long term health care employers.Prior to commencing the practice of law, Mr. Smith was employed in a management human resources position for a major Pittsburgh health system where he was responsible for handling discrimination charges, unemployment compensation matters, day-to-day administration of personnel policies and grievance processing. Prior to that, Mr. Smith was employed as a labor organizer for a state-wide healthcare union.Mr. Smith is a sought after speaker on a wide variety of employment related topics and has been an adjunct faculty member in the industrial relations masters degree program of a Pittsburgh college.Honors and Recognitions•Labor Relations Institute, Inc., Top Hundred Labor Attorneys in America Pro Bono and Community Involvement•AC-ACLD, an Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities, Board Member •Christ Community Church of the South Hills, Board Member Published Works• The Law of Training, Smart Business (2006) [Co-Author] •Resolving Grievances: A Practical Approach, (1983) [Co-Author] PublicationsAugust 18, 2015Paid Suspension Not Adverse Employment Action under Title VII, Third Circuit HoldsAugust 18, 2015A paid suspension “typically” does not constitute an “adverse employment action” under the substantive provision of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Section 703), the federal appeals court in Philadelphia has held in a case of first impression for the circuit, joining other courts that have ruled on the issue.... March 4, 2013U.S. Department of Education's Dear Colleague Letter Highlights Schools' Responsibility for Accommodating Disabled Students in Extracurricular ActivitiesMarch 4, 2013On Friday, January 25, 2013, the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issued a “Dear Colleague Letter” focusing on the importance of access to and participation in extracurricular activities for students with disabilities. Many pundits have described this event as the most significant development... In the NewsAugust 17, 2015Jackson LewisJackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2016August 17, 2015WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 17, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 137 of the firm's attorneys have been named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers. In addition, 10 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective... June 10, 2013Jackson LewisJackson Lewis Supports Wounded Warrior ProjectJune 10, 2013WHITE PLAINS, NY (June 10, 2013) - Jackson Lewis LLP, one of the country's largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to announce it has raised thousands of dollars in support of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), an organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, for the second