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Douglas G. Smith

Office Managing Principal

P 412-338-5151
F 412-232-3441


Douglas G. Smith is the Office Managing Principal 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. He has additionally successfully handled and tried matters before FINRA and AAA. 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
Best Lawyers Award Badge

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association

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]

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August 15, 2019
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The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys

August 15, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 210 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been recognized in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive... Read More

August 15, 2018
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

August 15, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 200 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal... Read More

February 6, 2018
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Douglas Smith Comments on Employers Revising Office Dating Policies to Prevent Sexual Harassment

February 6, 2018

Douglas Smith comments on employers revising office dating policies as part of robust anti-harassment training programs in "Can You Still Date a Co-Worker? Well, It’s Complicated," published by The Wall Street Journal.   Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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October 2, 2017

West Virginia Court Unblocks Right to Work Law

October 2, 2017

West Virginia’s right to work law will be enforceable beginning October 15, 2017. The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, has dismissed a lower court’s preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the legislation. Morrisey v. West Virginia AFL-CIO, et al., No. 17-0187 (Sept. 15, 2017). The law... Read More

November 11, 2016

Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Prohibited by Title VII, Federal Court Rules

November 11, 2016

The prohibition against sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act extends to sexual orientation, Judge Cathy Bissoon of the Western District of Pennsylvania has ruled. EEOC v. Scott Medical Health Ctr., No. 16-225 (W.D. Pa. Nov. 4, 2016). Complaint The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a complaint... Read More

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Consideration Required to Bind Existing Employees to Noncompetes, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds
November 30, 2015

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that a non-compete signed during the course of employment, without additional consideration, is not enforceable even though the agreement stated that the parties “intend to be legally bound.” Socko v. Mid-Atlantic Systems of CPA, Inc. Douglas G. Smith, Melissa L. Evans and David E. Read More