Joyce E. Smithey

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Annapolis, MD

Smithey Law Group LLC
 | 706 Giddings Ave, Suite 200
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-919-2990
Fax: 410-280-1602
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (80%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

As Managing Partner of Smithey Law Group LLC, Joyce E. Smithey is dedicated to representing clients in Annapolis and across the state of Maryland. She focuses her practice on handling employment law cases for employees and employers, including the following matters: wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, discrimination, defamation, wage and hour disputes, and medical leave. Ms. Smithey also helps employers avoid claims against them by drafting company policies, and training employees and managers on labor issues.

In 1993, Ms. Smithey earned a Bachelor of Arts from Pepperdine University. She went on to receive a Juris Doctor in 1999, from the Boston University School of Law.

A trained mediator, Ms. Smithey knows the importance of reaching an efficient resolution to workplace issues. Over the course of her career, she has seen cases to successful conclusions in a variety of legal settings, including arbitration hearings and jury trials in both the state and federal courts. Ms. Smithey has extensive experience representing clients before the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other organizations.

No matter the circumstances of a case, Ms. Smithey treats her clients with respect and compassion for their situation. For her success in working with both employers and employees, Ms. Smithey was named as one of Maryland’s Top 50 Women Attorneys in Baltimore magazine, and she holds an Avvo “Superb” rating.

A published author, Ms. Smithey is a member of the Labor and Employment Law sections of The District of Columbia Bar, the Maryland State Bar Association, Inc., and the American Bar Association. She also holds memberships with the Maryland Employment Lawyers Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland. Licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland and New Hampshire, Ms. Smithey is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Ms. Smithey has been featured in the following media: NPR, Washington Post; New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Fox News, Houston Chronicle, US News and World Report, New York Daily News, Baltimore Sun, New York Post, Chicago Sun-Times, Denver Post, Tampa Bay Times, Star Tribune and Boston Globe.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment & Labor (80%): Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law

Employment Litigation (20%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Employment Law - Employer

Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Employment Law - Employer


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Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2020

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About Joyce Smithey

Admitted: 2004, Maryland

Professional Webpage:


  • Honoring a CEO's Top Advisors, Centers of Influence Award Honoree, Smart CEO, 2016
  • Maryland Super Lawyer, 2015
  • Maryland’s Top 50 Women Attorneys, Baltimore Magazine

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • Maryland State Bar Association: Member, Labor and Employment Law Sections; Member, Section Council and Legislative Liaison
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • New Hampshire
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Member, Maryland Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member, National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member, Women's Bar Association of Maryland
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Workplace Street Law Program
  • Employment and Labor Law Hotline for the Women's Law Center

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Contributor, The Employee Advocate
  • Contributor, Newsletter, Metropolitan Washington Employment and Labor Lawyers Association
  • Contributing Author, Maryland Employment Law Deskbook , MSBA
  • Author, Fourth Edition of Maryland Rules Commentary
  • Author, Amicus Briefs, National Employment Lawyers Association

Educational Background:

  • Pepperdine University, Bachelor of Arts

Industry Groups

  • Labor And Employment Law Sections Of The Maryland State Bar Association
  • The District Of Columbia Bar Association
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Office Location for Joyce E. Smithey

706 Giddings Ave
Suite 200
Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone: 410-919-2990

Fax: 410-280-1602

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Last Updated: 7/29/2019

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