Mary-Kate Smith

Mary-Kate Smith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Stamford, CT

Law Office of Lewis Chimes LLC
 | 45 Franklin Street, Stamford, CT 06901
Phone: 203-324-7744
Fax: 203-969-1319
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2013 - 2016
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (70%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Civil Rights (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Mary-Kate Smith is an employee rights advocate representing individuals in all aspects of employment-related claims before state and federal courts and administrative agencies.  She has represented clients in cases involving wrongful discharge, discrimination, sexual, racial and other forms of unlawful harassment, hostile work environment, defamation, breach of contract, whistleblowing activity and wage and hour violations.   She also advises clients with respect to employment, severance, termination, and non-competition agreements.  In addition, Ms. Smith handles personal injury and civil rights claims.  She is admitted to the Connecticut and New York state bars and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. 

    Before joining the Law of Office of Lewis Chimes LLC, Ms. Smith was a civil litigator at a well-established Stamford based firm, where for over ten years she litigated in a variety of areas including employment-related matters, land use appeals, business and contract disputes, personal injury claims, civil rights matters, and commercial and residential leases.

    Ms. Smith is a 2004 graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law (with Honors).  She received her master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2001) and her bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University (Cum Laude, 1998).  During law school, she advocated for civil liberties at the Office of the Community Lawyer in Winsted, CT and received recognition for her service in the Asylum and Human Rights clinic representing refugees seeking political asylum in the United States.  After law school, Ms. Smith served as law clerk to the Honorable Thomas A. Bishop of the Connecticut Appellate Court. 

    Ms. Smith is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, and the Fairfield County Bar Association.  Ms. Smith served as co-chair of the Employment Law Committee of the Fairfield County Bar Association, is a member of the leadership team for the CTLA Women’s Caucus and serves on the board for the Women’s Mentoring Network, a career and personal advancement non-profit organization that helps to empower women in need. 

    About Mary-Kate Smith

    Admitted: 2004, Connecticut

    Professional Webpage:


    • CALI Excellence Award, Criminal Law, University of Connecticut School of Law
    • Honorable M. Joseph Blumenfeld Prize for outstanding service in a civil clinic at the University of Connecticut School of Law., 2004
    • CALI Excellence Award, Criminal Procedure, University of Connecticut School of Law.

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Admitted to United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit bar., 2019
    • National Employment Lawyers Trial Boot Camp, 2019
    • Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association
    • National Employment Lawyers Association
    • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
    • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Women's Caucus
    • Fairfield County Bar Association
    • Connecticut Bar Association
    • Addmitted to New York Bar., 2007
    • Admitted to United States District Court for the District of Connecticut bar., 2005
    • Admitted to Connecticut bar., 2004

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Board Member, Fairfield County Bar Foundation, a charitable organization established by the Fairfield County Bar Association with a mission to help organizations dedicated to improving access to justice for those in the community who have been impacted by poverty, abuse and discrimination by providing grants, educational programs, and legal services.
    • Member of the board of directors for the Women's Mentoring Network, a Stamford-based career, educational and personal resource program that promotes economic empowerment for low-income women.  

    Educational Background:

    • Juris Doctorate, University of Connecticut School of Law (with Honors), 2004
    • Master’s degree in philosophy, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2001
    • Bachelor’s degree, George Washington University (Cum Laude), 1998
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    Office Location for Mary-Kate Smith

    45 Franklin Street
    Stamford, CT 06901

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