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Joyce E Smithey

Employment and labor Attorney at Annapolis, MD

5.0   24 reviews
  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 19 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 22 years
    New Hampshire - NH 24 years
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State NH
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Joyce

Learn Joyce’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Employment and labor
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    Joyce Smithey leads Rifkin, Livingston, Levitan & Silver, LLC's labor and employment practice.

    25 years

Joyce Smithey is the Managing Partner of Smithey Law Group LLC. In 2022, Ms. Smithey was once again selected for inclusion as a Maryland Super Lawyer in the area of Labor and Employment Law. Ms. Smithey has also been named among Maryland’s Top 50 Women Attorneys and Top 100 Attorneys, as published in Baltimore Magazine. She was also an honoree of Baltimore’s SmartCEO’s 2016 Centers of Influence award, and received The Daily Record’s Leadership in Law Award and The Daily Record’s Top 100 Women in Maryland. She is also Band 1 top ranked in Chambers USA, and Law Dragon has recognized her as one of the 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment & Civil Rights Lawyers in the nation. Bethesda Magazine has also recognized Ms. Smithey as a Top Attorney in 2021.

Ms. Smithey has appeared on and been featured in The New York Times, NBC, healthline, U.S. News & World Report, The Daily Record, The Washington Post, , MSN, Baltimore Business Journal, The Baltimore Sun, Maryland Public Television, The Democrat Star, Law 360, Eye on Annapolis, Law & Crime Network, , Virginia This Morning, Newsmax, Staples Worklife Magazine, America Tonight, NPR, Washington Business Journal, the Capital Gazette, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Ms. Smithey regularly advises employees on all matters relating to employment law, including:
• Discrimination, including race, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, family responsibilities, and religion
• Sexual harassment
• Retaliation and reprisal
• The Equal Pay Act
• Representation of public sector employees
• Disability accommodation and discrimination
• Medical leave
• Wrongful discharge
• Workplace privacy
• Defamation
• Employment contracts and restrictive covenants
• ERISA discrimination
• Employee and applicant testing
• Wage and hour issues
• WARN

Ms. Smithey has represented clients in state and federal courts, arbitrations, and before the Department of Labor, state and county commissions on human relations, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She has handled numerous jury trials, appellate oral arguments before the First and Fourth Circuits, bench trials, administrative hearings, and motion hearings. Ms. Smithey is also a trained mediator on workplace issues.

Ms. Smithey has taught seminars and law school courses on employment law topics. She has also published extensively on employment law and civil litigation. She authored the Fourth Edition of Maryland Rules Commentary and is a contributing author to the MSBA Maryland Employment law Deskbook.

Ms. Smithey is a member of the Section Council of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, and a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. She also served on the Maryland State Bar Association’s Board of Governors and is a member of the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland, the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Maryland Employment Lawyers Association, and the Maryland Association for Justice, in addition to being a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Ms. Smithey also does extensive pro bono work in the area of employment law, including serving on the Employment Law Hotline for the Women’s Law Center and teaching in the Workplace Street Law Program. She has also authored amicus briefs for the National Employment Lawyers Association.

Ms. Smithey received her Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law where she researched and authored “Housing Discrimination Against People with Mental Disabilities: How does the Fair Housing Amendment Act of 1988 Help Implement the Goals of Deinstitutionalization?” Ms. Smithey received her Bachelor of Arts from Pepperdine University. She is admitted to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia, New Hampshire, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Location

Smithey Law Group LLC
706 Giddings Ave
#200
Annapolis, MD, 21401

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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great first impression.
I met with Joyce in a consultation, where I was looking to discuss a specific situation and explore potential next steps. I do not know if the situation will progress to needing to retain Joyce, however, I feel I got exactly what I needed, at present, out of our consultation. I was most impressed by her thorough read of the information I passed along ahead of time, and her ability to absorb the facts and connect them to my situation immediately. This made for an efficient use of time (which is good when time is expensive!) Further, I get the impression that she is a zealous courtroom advocate. I may or may not need to be back in touch with her, but I left with the impression she could competently handle the issues I wanted to speak about.
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Posted by Mike | November 27, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great attorney with a realistic approach!
Joyce is a true professional. I consulted with her regarding a severance agreement (SA) I previously signed without the advice of an attorney, as well as Cobra issues with my previous employer. I could not have picked a better attorney! Joyce is extremely knowledgeable! She explained a possible course of action, chances of bringing a successful case, and my legal rights moving forward. I truly felt that she has my best interest in mind. I did my homework before consulting with Joyce. I would consider her the top employment attorney in Maryland as she truly has the best interest of her clients in mind.
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Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Firm, effective and professional
Successfully negotiated my severance package with a former employer. Great personal service. Highly recommend for any employment and labor matters.
Posted by Jennifer | April 24, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Smart, professional, and charming
Joyce is an expert in employment law. She understands both the theory and the practice, what works in reality and what doesn't. She gave you honest advice based on my best interests. I was impressed with her ability to break down complex legal issues into easily understood concepts without "dumbing it down." I hope I never need an employment attorney again, but if I do, Joyce will be the one I call!
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Posted by Mark | April 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
I had an employment contract issue. Joyce was always available and a joy to work with. Would never hesitate to utilize her with future concerns. Highly recommended!
Posted by MARIO SANSONE | October 20, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
VERY FRIENDLY LAWYER
SHE SUGGESTED ME TO HANDLE SOON AS POSSIBLE TO FIND A SOLUTION TO MY PROBLEM
Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An amazing attorney,
Joyce is an amazing lawyer. Her representation allowed me to step back from what could have been a protracted and bitter legal dispute. She resolved my issue in record time. She and her legal staff are amazing. She is tenaciously committed to bringing about a satisfactory solution for her clients. She is an Awesome attorney. I would not hesitate to recommend her.
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Posted by Jean | November 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Advisor
Joyce was a great advisor to me when I was let go from my employer. She always had my best interest in mind and was able to renegotiate my severance. I have recommended her to many colleagues.
Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Joyce was excellent for the entire two years she represented me. She was professional, organized, and direct with her communication, which I appreciated. She and her team were always well prepared as they conducted research and utilized resources within the industry to fully understand my case. I always felt that I had her support.
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Posted by Eleanor | November 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
2016 Age Discrimination Lawsuit Fairly Settled Out of Court
Ms. Smithey represented me in an age discrimination suit against my nonprofit organization employer for almost 20 years. I was 64 and asked to retire early. This is clearly documented in my termination letter and meeting minutes of the organization's board. Ms. Smithey and her small staff's extensive experience and talents gave them all the tools they needed to strategize successfully to a fair settlement out of court. They were always accessible and prepared. I would not hesitate to recommend them to others or to seek their counsel myself in the future. Legal challenges are incredibly stressful. Smithey and her staff are sensitive to this and were always thoughtful, showed patience and consideration of my emotional needs. They are a smart and incredibly hard working, efficient and conscientious team--clearly at the top of their profession. I never doubted their representation. Litigation is expensive. Smithey and her team work with their clients to control expenses.
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Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exemplary, supportive, winning
After consulting three other lawyers, I hired Ms. Smithy and her team to handle my workplace gender discrimination and retaliation case. Ms. Smithy first reviewed my expansive folder of documents and provided a reasonable assessment of our chance of winning. She explained her fee structure clearly and, moreover, believed completely in me. We were a team and I was so inspired by her professionalism. Her writing was thorough and she laid out my case in a manner that demonstrated great understanding of the details in a way that the defendant had to respond to all issues relevant to my matter. So apart from wanting to win, I felt heard. With such demonstrated excellence, Ms. Smithy won all three counts of my case and I was very satisfied with the settlement.
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Intelligent, Compassionate, & Professional
Joyce E Smithey was a breath of fresh air!! I was so frustrated, disappointed, and exhausted when I met Joyce. My hopes of finding a complete attorney were almost at rock bottom based on prior experiences. Joyce exuded professionalism and compassion. She treated me like a human being instead of a client with a business proposition. I am an intelligent professional and recognized during our meeting that she is the real deal. A professional job title doesn't necessarily mean that a person has professionalism. Joyce is very professional and compassionate. Yet very serious about the area of employment law. She is forthcoming and honest. Hiring an attorney with integrity is priceless. Hiring an attorney with integrity is priceless. Repeating that statement was not a mistake. It is worth repeating over and over again. She doesn't waste your time playing games and/or trying to manipulate you. She is confident yet not arrogant. Most importantly, she knows employment law better than most attorneys in state of Maryland. I have an employment case that most attorneys only understood in bits and pieces and agreed that my rights were severely violated. Joyce understood all of the laws surrounding my case at the initial consultation! I haven't spoken to another employment attorney in Maryland that knew so much. She actually had a lot of insight to add during the consultation which was unbelievable since most attorneys needed my large stacks of documents to review for weeks before they were able to somewhat discuss my case. I am writing this review simply hoping to help others avoid the many pitfalls and disappointments that I have experienced, which has cost me thousands of dollars, while trying to find an honest, compassionate, and intelligent attorney. I had almost begun to think that I was asking for too much. Many attorneys tried to make me feel as if this expectation was not realistic. Joyce exceeds being honest, compassionate, and intelligent. I don't even think she charges more for delivering excellence but I haven't signed a retainer yet so stay tuned. I am writing this review to help clients that have been violated like myself find an extraordinary employment attorney. I feel strongly that Joyce is worthy of these comments.
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2015
A true professional
I approached Joyce with a case that many attorneys may have been intimidated by. Not only was she not intimidated, she immediately suggested a course of action that I was very comfortable taking. Joyce was diligent in all of her efforts; she made sure my best interests, and the best interests of my family, were considered every step of the way. I would feel comfortable recommending Joyce and her team to anyone who needs their assistance.
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Posted by Karl | December 27, 2014
The Best
I turned to Joyce with a subject that was very hard for me to talk about, during a time that was very difficult for me. I was hesitant to pursue legal action, but after talking with Joyce she made me feel very comfortable and confident. The case was a long one, and Joyce was very present and responsive throughout the entire course. To add to the value, Joyce's paralegal was also phenomenal. Together they made a perfect team. They kept me updated every step of the way. They uncovered loads of information I was not aware of at the start of the process, and they were very respective to my sensitivity regarding the subject of the case. I would, and have, highly recommend Joyce to anyone who may need legal assistance, and wouldn't hesitate to contact her in the future if I ever have a need. She truly is the best.
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Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2014
Phenomenal
Ms. Smithey was a wonderful lawyer to find for my situation. I unfortunately needed her services for a employment legal battle and she was phenomenal! Her staff was always there able to answer my questions in a timely manner and I never felt out of the loop. They explained all the procedures, approximate wait times for certain paperwork to go through, and gave me her honest and professional advice on what steps to take. I wish I had never needed her services, but was greatly pleased to have found such a professional to be on my side and fighting for my cause.
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Posted by Cathy | December 12, 2014
Age discrimination client
Joyce was kind, considerate, and respectful. She worked hard supporting us against an employer who pulled out a high-powered law firm, a judge who did not want to make a precedent-setting decision, and an arbitrator who...let's say did not do what he originally said he would do. Joyce and her paralegal staff kept us informed every step of the way. Even though the eventual outcome was disappointing, I believe Joyce always had my best interest in mind.
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2014
Excellent Attorney
Joyce represented me in a wrongful termination case against a large national employer which became highly contested due to the award at stake. The case also fell under the rules of a unique industry regulator so she assisted me in adding to our team other qualified attorney's who were specialists in those regulatory areas. She also regularly reached within her firm to tap into the deep talent pool of her partners which was very beneficial to my case. Her clear understanding of employment law was relied upon regularly by the industry-regulatory attorneys and her contribution resulted in strong and unique pressure being put onto the other party. Pressure that would not have existed without her knowledge and expertise. Her guidance helped lead us to a very favorable outcome in my case. She was also a strong advocate and personal supporter during the case which was important towards me staying the course and persevering against an employer which is known for never losing in these types of disputes.
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Posted by Brian | December 12, 2014
amazing knowledge
I went to Joyce when I didn't think anyone was going to help me with my complex employment case. We sat down and discussed the information, and I provided her backup documentation. From there, she did what she's great at, and that's properly conveying the merits of the case to the GC for the company I was working for. In the end, she got me everything I was asking for. I have referred her to several people I know in similar situations because of how satisfied I was with her service.
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Posted by Ramsey | December 11, 2014
Can not say enough
Joyce Smithey skillfully represented me in a year-long dispute against a major employer. My case was deeply complex and demanded an attorney who could work through internecine details. She led the way in compelling our opponents to the table, successfully fending off their attempts to secure a non-disclosure agreement. No mean feat, that! Yes, I'd recommend Joyce Smithey and her all-star teammates in any cause. They are hard-working people, and great company to boot.
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Posted by Andy | December 9, 2014
Have worked with Joyce Smithey for four years and couldn't ask for more
Ms. Smithey is an honest and caring individual with an excellent team supporting her. From the very start I have been kept informed, asked for my opinion and looked at and treated with dignity and care. Joyce has empathy for what you have been through and knows the law, supporting me. She has given me honest opinions on how to proceed and what risk and benefits are involved. I have only had feelings of trust and am extremely grateful to have Ms. Joyce E. Smithey representing me. I have recommended her to others. If you are considering getting legal representaion it is well worth the time to consult with Ms. Joyce Smithey.
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Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Smithey Law Group LLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Evert Weathersby Houff
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Attorney
  • Gorman & Williams
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • Upton & Hatfield
  • 1999 - 2003
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Education

  • Boston University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Pepperdine University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Hairston v. Prince George's County
  • Harris v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore
  • Won favorable ruling in Fourth Circuit
  • Templeton v. First Tennessee Bank
  • Won favorable ruling in Fourth Circuit
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Associations

  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • Maryland Bar Association
  • Labor and Employment Section
  • 2004 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Labor and Employment Section
  • 2004 - Present
  • Maryland Women's Bar Association
  • 2003 - Present
  • Maryland Employment Lawyers Association
  • 2003 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Labor and Employment Section
  • 1999 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • 1999 - Present
  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • N/A
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Section Council Member and Legislative Liaison
  • N/A
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Honors and Awards

  • Employment and Labor Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Employment and Labor Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Employment and Labor Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Centers of Influence Award Honoree
  • Baltimore SmartCEO’s
  • 2016
  • Employment and Labor Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Employment and Labor Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Employment and Labor Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Employment and Labor Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Top 50 Women Attorneys in MD
  • Top 50 Women Attorneys in MD
  • 2012
  • Employment and Labor Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
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Publications

  • Trial Reporter
  • Employees with Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • 2016
  • Trial Reporter
  • Employment Rights for Employees Living with Mental Illness
  • 2015
  • Labor & Employment Law Section Newsletter
  • Modified Work Schedules under the ADA
  • 2014
  • Maryland Bar Bulletin
  • Data Safety in the Workplace
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions Breakfast Talk
  • 2018
  • Employment Law Institute
  • 2018 Legislative Law Updates
  • 2018
  • Maryland Employment Lawyers Association’s Conference
  • Summary Judgement Practice
  • 2016
  • ABA Employment Rights & Responsibilities Midwinter Meeting
  • A Peek Into the Minds of Arbitrators
  • 2016
  • Kiwanis Club
  • Ten Tips to Avoid Employer Liability
  • 2014
  • Maryland Association of CPA's
  • Employment Law Update
  • 2012
  • Wellness House of Annapolis
  • Employment Rights for Employees Living with Cancer
  • 2011
  • U.S. Meeting
  • Employment and Labor Law Issues Arising in Corporate Transactions
  • 2011
  • 120th Annual Meeting
  • Effective Mediation Strategies
  • 2011
  • Intellectual Property Series
  • Restrictive Covenants and Software Engineers
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I had the privilege to learn from and work with Joyce E. Smithey. Joyce always demonstrates an unwavering dedication to civil rights advocacy as well as a keen ability to connect personally with her clients. She empowers all with whom she works. She is strategic, thorough, methodical, and zealous. I greatly admire her, and I enthusiastically endorse her."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joyce Smithey is the first lawyer I would turn to for any employment-law or related matter. I have the highest regard for her as a lawyer and as a person. She is top-notch in every respect. I had the pleasure of working at the same firm with her for several years awhile back, and I have also followed her closely since. I am quite familiar first-hand with her abilities, intellect, knowledge of the law, and the great concern and care she demonstrates for her clients. And the victories she has achieved for them. In all these respects she is unsurpassed by any lawyer I know. I have repeatedly sought and greatly benefited from her input and guidance on issues of employment law. I recommend her avidly, first and foremost, to any potential client, or co-counsel, in that or any related area."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Smithey is knowledgeable, personable, and responsive. Ms. Smithey is an expert in the area of employment law, providing advice that is easy to understand and comprehensive. If you have an employment matter, I highly recommend Joyce Smithey as an attorney who will address the matter from all angles and in an extremely timely fashion."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joyce is one of the best attorneys I know. She's dedicated, committed, and hard working. From a client's perspective she's good for one reason only - she gets results. Since law school and we have talked about cases and legal issues. I've always been impressed by how quickly she grasps issues and comes up with solutions. Joyce is an excellent attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am currently working with Joyce as my co-counsel in two significant employment matters in U.S. District Court in Maryland and have found her legal insights and expertise to be invaluable to the prosecution of these cases. I highly recommend her."
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Annapolis Employment and labor Lawyer Joyce E Smithey
Joyce E Smithey
Employment and labor Attorney
Annapolis, MD
Licensed for 24 years