Marc J. Smith is a Rockville, Maryland employment attorney and a founding member of the law firm of Smith, Lease & Goldstein, LLC based in Montgomery County, Maryland. Marc and his partners, David Lease and Jeffrey Goldstein, formed Smith, Lease & Goldstein, LLC in 2000 -- nearly 15 years ago.
Marc handles a broad range of employment law and employment litigation matters throughout the State of Maryland and the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Marc is licensed to practice law in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Georgia. A Montgomery County native, Marc has been practicing law for over 24 years and is a 1990 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill law school.
Marc spent the first 7 years of his legal career as an associate with Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, a large Atlanta-based firm where he represented management in employment and employment litigation matters throughout the southeast. While working in Atlanta, Marc obtained invaluable training handling employment litigation matters on behalf of large publicly traded companies such as Northwest Airlines, GTE and HBO & Company. Following his relocation to the D.C. area and the establishment of his firm in February 2000, Marc has represented both employers and employees in a diverse array of employment law and litigation cases in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Marc was recognized as a Maryland and Washington D.C. "Super Lawyer" in 2007 in the field of employment law. Marc was also recently notified of his selection as a 2015 Super Lawyer in the field of employment law.
Areas of Practice
Employment Law and Litigation
Marc represents private sector employees and executives, federal and state employees and a number of regional employers in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, including banks, financial service firms, government contractors, medical and dental practices and retail concerns. Marc provides advice to his clients with respect to the many facets of the employment relationship, including issues relating to hiring, discharge, discipline, discrimination (including race, gender, age and disability discrimination), harassment (including sexual harassment), family and medical leave, wage and hour matters (including overtime issues), and restrictive covenants (including non-compete and non-solicit agreements). Marc has substantial experience negotiating and drafting executive, employment and severance agreements, employee handbooks and other employment-related documents. In his over 2 decades of practicing law, Marc has litigated hundreds of cases and he has successfully defended and pursued a diverse array of employment claims in both the state and federal court systems, in arbitration and at the administrative level.
Marc has also developed a unique practice area representing individuals who have failed to register with the Selective Service. Most of these cases involve federal employees or applicants for federal positions who find themselves ineligible for federal service due to their failure to register with the Selective Service. For more information about this practice area, see Marc's Selective Service Blog.
Memberships and Affiliations
District of Columbia Bar
Maryland State Bar Association
Montgomery County Bar Association
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court, District of Maryland
United States District Court, District of Columbia
United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia