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Derek T. Smith

Discrimination Attorney at New York, NY

4.9   15 reviews

also known as Derek Smith


Licensed for 27 years

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  1. Discrimination
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  2. Sexual harassment
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    27 years

Sexual Harassment and Employment Discrimination Attorneys in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Miami & New Jersey. Derek Smith is proud to have obtained many multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of people like you, who have been sexually harassed or discriminated against. Derek Smith has 27 years of experience. Derek Smith has obtained a settlement in excess of $15 million on behalf of a client. He has also obtained the largest sustained emotional distress verdict in the United States for a discrimination case. He believes in becoming emotionally invested in every one of his clients, and it shows in his results. He and his firm have obtained over $200 million dollars on behalf of his clients. We love helping victims of sexual harassment and discrimination as well as punishing the harassers. We are very passionate in what we do. We don't just handle this area of law for a paycheck. We take great pride in striving to make the world a safer and better place with less sexual harassment and less discrimination. We are a team of 28 attorneys ready to work for you. 

 

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Licensed for 27 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2020
Updated 09/18/2022
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2019
Updated 11/23/2022
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2007
Updated 06/08/2022
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1996
Updated 10/01/2022
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 1996
Updated 11/04/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1995
Updated 06/13/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Derek

Derek Smith Law Firm, PLLC
Derek Smith Law Firm, PLLC
Philadelphia Office
1835 Market Street, Suite 2905
Philadelphia, PA, 19103
Derek Smith Law Firm, PLLC
New Jersey Office
73 Forest Lake Drive
Hewitt, NJ, 07421
Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC
Miami Office
701 Brickell Ave. Suite 1310
Miami, FL, 33131
Derek Smith Law Group, LLP
US Bank Tower, 633 W 5th St Suite 3250,
Los Angeles, CA, 90071
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Pablo | March 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellence and Professionalism
Brett Kaplan and Caroline Miller are the best.  I came from another law firm because my lawyer wasn't giving me the service I deserved.  Mr. Kaplan told my story to the EEOC in a way that described my experience as it happened to me.  We worked together as a team and he told a compelling narrative that I know will shake my former employer to the core.  This firm is diligent, responsive, and will serve as your voice to the courts.  I'm very pleased - and certainly happy to leave my former lawyer behind!
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Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent and knowledgeable, caring individual
I consulted with Abe and Derek about a discrimination and tortious interference case in December 2018. They provided very helpful insight and advice. They listened carefully and treated me with care and respect. (Thank you!) They were willing to take on the case on a contingency basis, and believed they could reach a successful settlement. However in case a lawsuit would be needed, that would have to be filed in the state where the offense took place, hence I needed to look for attorneys based there. It was very nice of Derek and Abe to offer this advice, and I am very grateful to them for the kindness they showed that day. I'd recommend them to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring Professionals
Patrick in the Philadelphia office took the time to meet with me and discuss my case in detail. He was patient and understanding and even kept my young song entertained throughout our meeting. I could tell Patrick and the other lawyers at the Derek Smith Law Group truly care about each of their clients.
Posted by RAJ | March 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wanna Win, Giv'em a Ring!
I have been to Derek Smith Law Group Main office in Manhattan. Everybody I met was Kind, Polite and Friendly. I had a pleasure talking to Derek, he took the matter in his hands and was able to save me from a lot of trouble. I would recommend everyone if you have any legal matters regarding your Employment and or Discrimination of any kind to please give "DSLG" a Call.
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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
extremely helpful
I called for the free consultation and he was extremely helpful. Nothing high pressure and the advice was clear and detailed so I felt confident in my decision. I highly recommend this attorney.
Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Derek Smith Law
I specifically would want to review Derek Smith Law firm and Alexander G. Cabeceiras lawyer. He was incredible dealing with my potential case, explained all the nuances and was very clear about each detail. I believe Derek Smith Law is the best in New York City.
Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cares a lot for his clients. Derek Smith got me a great result.
I hired Derek to help me with an employment related matter. I found him to be very creative and experienced. He really put me at ease and I could not be happier with the result.
Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2015
Has a real passion for his work. Excellent negotiator. Has million dollar verdicts to back it up.
I cannot say enough about Derek Smith. He is a class A tough-as-nails litigator and negotiator. No wonder he has numerous million dollar verdicts. As I understand it, employers know this and this is why they pay. If you need the best New York City sexual harassment and discrimination lawyer, he is the one to call.
Posted by Steve | March 24, 2015
Great Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Attorney
I am a NJ attorney that practices in Northern NJ. Whenever I have a New York City sexual harassment or discrimination case I always refer to Derek Smith. He is the best in the business. He recently got offered $10,000.00 on a case that was taken to trial. Derek rejected the offer and received a $4 million dollar verdict. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs an employment discrimination attorney in New York City.
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Posted by Lisa Carrington | March 16, 2015
Best New York City Sexual Harassment Attorney
I would enthusiastically recommend NYC attorney Derek Smith to anyone in search of a good sexual harassment lawyer in New York City. Derek is very smart, kind and responsive. Having worked with attorneys in the past, I was impressed by his attitude and genuine sense of caring about me as a person and client. Dawn was also fantastic.
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Posted by Carole | February 24, 2015
Agressive when he needs to be. Derek Smith got an amazing result for me!
Derek Smith represented me in several matters. He was very aggressive with the defendants and was very caring and compassionate with me. Derek helped me get an amazing settlement. You cannot find a better lawyer.
Posted by Elaine | March 12, 2013
Discrimination Case and Auto Accident
When I needed legal advice and representation Derek Smith was always available to me. He answered all my questions and explained exactly how the legal system worked in regard to my case. An excellent litigator and knew exactly what questions to ask the opposing counsel and their clients as well. I had total confidence that I had excellent representation.
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Posted by Morton | March 12, 2013
When you require fine legal representation.
Derek Smith has been my personal and business attorney for fifteen years. He has proven to be professional, competent and effective in all matters entrusted to him. I can rely on his understanding of my needs and his ability to meet them. He takes a personal interest and is an excellent listener and communicator.
Posted by Dawn | December 12, 2011
A man of knowledge
I recently spoke to Mr. Smith concerning my case against a former employer. He eased my fears and was able to help me with my case so that I could move forward.. His compassion for his clients is true and genuine. He was a true gentleman and a lawyer that I would refer my friends to!
Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Well
I was told they do not take any case that's not work-related discrimination or harassment. Guess it's on to the next one. I only gave 3 stars because the paralegal was kind and listened well.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC
  • 2009 - Present

Education

  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • Rosas v. Balter Sales
  • $2,200,000 verdict
  • Miranova v. DaMarino's
  • $2,500,000
  • Serdans v. New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • $4,000,000 verdict
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Associations

  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
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Awards

  • SuperLawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Top Attorneys
  • Newsweek
  • 2013
  • Top Verdicts of 2012
  • Verdict Search
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Moot Court Competition
  • Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition
  • N/A
  • Intramural Moot Court Competition
  • Judge in the Charles W. Froessel Intramural Moot Court Competition.
  • N/A
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Publications

  • New York Law Journal
  • Reported Case - Graham v. Neutrogena
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • 2013
  • Charles W. Froessel Intramural Moot Court Competition
  • Moot Court Judge
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (1)
Sexual harassment Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An exceptional litigation attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Highly recommended lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly recommended Employment Law attorney. Hard-working advocate for his clients!"
Wrongful termination Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Derek Smith."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Derek. Excellent lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I am proud to endorse Derek Smith. I have known Derek professionally for 15 years and have even had the privilege of collaborating with Derek on dozens of cases. Derek is an incredible attorney and I fully endorse attorney Derek Smith."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Friend
"I have no hesitation in giving Derek Smith a stong endorsement. I have known Derek for over 25 years and have referred numerous employment matters to him. He is an exceptional attorney and a tireless advocate for his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have known Derek Smith for over seven years. During that time, I have been his law clerk, and associate. I know him as a fearless advocate who concerns himself primarily with obtaining great results for his clients."
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New York Discrimination Lawyer Derek T. Smith
Derek T. Smith
Discrimination Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 27 years
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