Elizabeth Connellan Smith
Firm:
Verrill Dana LLP
Phone:(207) 253-4460
Address: One Portland Square
Portland, ME 4112

Membership: MembershipsAmerican Bar AssociationMaine State and Cumberland Bar AssociationsRed 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 Asso
University: Bowdoin College, A.B., cum laude, 1987, University of Maine School of Law, J.D., 1992
Admitted: 1993, Maine; 2007, Massachusetts; 2002, U.S. Court of Appeals (First Circuit); 2002, U.S. District Court for the District of Maine; 2001, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
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. HonorsAV 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 - EmployersSelected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers under Workers' Compensation, Employment & Labor Public ServiceSARS (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-. Publications 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 Maine's 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 News 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 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. Events January 27, 2016 2016 Annual Employment Law Update Hosted Events Tawny L. Alvarez, Joanna S. Bowers, Janet V. Britton, Robert C. Brooks, Douglas P. Currier, Benjamin E. Ford, Richard G. Moon, Erik Peters, 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, Janet V. Britton, Robert C. Brooks, Douglas P. Currier, Richard G. Moon, Misti D. Munster, Erik Peters, 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, Karen A. Mignone, 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 SmithBar Fellowship: American Bar Association College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers, 2014-