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11 N. Washington St. Suite 520

Rockville, Maryland  20850

301.838.8950 

301.838.0322 (fax)

marcjsmith@slglaw.com

 

   

As a former senior associate in a large Atlanta based firm and now as a founding member of a small Montgomery County based firm, Marc has had the unique experience of representing both management and individuals in a wide array of employment matters.  Marc regularly advises his corporate and individual clients with regard to litigation avoidance strategies, contract issues and other employment matters.  Marc has worked on a number of cases involving complex wage and hour, discrimination (including race, age, gender, disability and national origin) and ERISA issues. Marc has also negotiated and drafted hundreds of employment and severance agreements on behalf of both his corporate and individual clients.  

Marc has also served as lead counsel on behalf of management and his individual clients in numerous employment disputes that have taken place in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia and in a number of other jurisdictions throughout the United States.  Marc has been involved as lead trial counsel in many lawsuits in the state and federal court system and has also handled matters before the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and in other forums.

Some of the cases Marc has successfully resolved, through settlement and/or litigation, are described below.  

  • Prevailed in an age and race discrimination case against the Secret Service, obtaining full back pay for a denial of promotion, pension adjustment, compensatory (emotional distress) damages of $25,000 and attorney's fees for a former Special Officer.
  • In a case against a local government contractor, collected over $130,000 in unpaid commissions after protracted litigation.
  • After filing suit in federal court, settled a breach of contract compensation claim ultimately collecting over $400,000 for the company's former chief executive.
  • In a case involving unpaid sales commissions, collected over $700,000 in commissions for client from publicly traded technology company.
  • Represented sales director of local government contractor firm and collected over $500,000 in unpaid commissions.
  • Successfully represented over 50 federal employees or applicants in Selective Service cases heard by the Office of Personnel Management.
  • Represented 2 employees in a case involving substantial unpaid overtime spanning a period of 3 years, obtaining a settlement on behalf of the employees for over $150,000.
  • Represented the estate of a deceased employee, obtaining a favorable settlement of a case involving alleged discrimination based on the employer's failure to accommodate the employee's disability brought about by cancer.
  • After successfully appealing the case to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals after an adverse decision by the U.S. District Court in Maryland, obtained and collected a judgment against telecommunications giant Ericsson, Inc. of nearly $90,000 in an ERISA case involving the denial of severance benefits.
  • After filing suit in the U.S. District Court of Maryland and defeating a Motion for Summary Judgment, negotiated a $65,000 settlement of an age discrimination claim against the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • After filing suit in the United States District Court against a local defense contracting firm for breach of an ERISA-based severance agreement, negotiated a favorable settlement on behalf of a former executive.
  • Obtained partial summary judgment on behalf of a large real estate development company in a case filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia by client's former president in which he alleged fraud, breach of contract and a myriad of other claims and successfully settled the case prior to trial on favorable terms.
  • Represented over thirty (30) employees of a local establishment in a case involving unpaid wages and overtime, ultimately collecting triple damages from the employer. 
  • After filing suit in the United States District Court for Maryland on behalf of a former employee seeking unpaid commissions, obtained a settlement of approximately $175,000 from a technology company providing software and other products to the federal government.
  • After filing suit in DC Superior Court against a private sector employer for race and national origin discrimination, negotiated a large five-figure settlement on behalf of a former employee.
  • Obtained summary judgment in the Circuit Court for Howard County on behalf of an employer accused of sexual harassment.
  • Obtained reinstatement and a large award of back pay for an employee wrongfully terminated from the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Represented the former Chief Operating Officer of a publicly traded technology concern, negotiating severance package worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
  • Obtained a very favorable monetary settlement at trial on behalf of an individual who sued a large property management company for discrimination on the basis of national origin in a commercial leasing transaction.  
  • Represented a former employee of a large defense contractor in a sexual harassment case, negotiating a settlement of $90,000.
  • Successfully defended and obtained summary judgment on behalf of a local bank in a suit filed in Circuit Court for Montgomery County by a former employee seeking $500,000 in alleged unpaid profits.
  • Successfully defended a local bank in a matter before the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights filed by a former employee who alleged pregnancy and race discrimination.
  • Negotiated a large settlement of an EEOC claim based upon disability discrimination against the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • In a case of first impression in Maryland, obtained a jury verdict on behalf of a large group of former employees who were deprived of accrued vacation pay at the conclusion of their employment relationship.
  • Successfully mediated and obtained a significant monetary settlement of a sexual harassment claim on behalf of a former employee of a local fast food establishment.  
  • After filing suit, obtained judgment against and collected over $100,000 in damages for breach of contract against a contractor providing of risk assessment software to the federal government.
  • After filing suit in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County against a large real estate development company, obtained a large five figure settlement of a claim for unpaid commissions on behalf of a former leasing agent. 
  • Obtained a significant settlement of a sexual harassment case on behalf of a male employee in a case against the Department of Health and Human Services pending before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • Negotiated a large settlement on behalf of a former employee for unpaid overtime compensation on the eve of trial in a case pending in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County.
  • Negotiated a significant settlement of a disability discrimination case against a large local employer.
  • After filing suit in Circuit Court for Montgomery County on behalf of a former employee against a large pharmaceutical company, negotiated a six figure settlement of a claim for unpaid bonuses.
  • On the day of trial, negotiated a significant settlement on behalf of a former employee on a claim for unpaid profits in a case filed in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County.
  • In a case pending before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, negotiated a large settlement of a race discrimination claim against a national pizza delivery company.