Derek T. Smith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in New York, NY

Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC
 | One Penn Plaza, Suite 4905
New York, NY 10119
Phone: 866-470-8261
Fax: 212-587-4169
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2011, 2016 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (60%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (40%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French
Attorney Profile

With over $135 million recovered for his clients, attorney Derek T. Smith has the experience and the results to handle the biggest sexual harassment and discrimination cases. Derek Smith has also obtained the largest emotional distress jury verdict in the United States ever to be sustained on appeal in an employment discrimination case. Derek Smith founded his law firm, the Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC, with the goal of helping victims of illegal employment practices and sexual harassment. Thanks to Mr. Smith's dedication to protecting the rights of workers, his employment law firm now has four law offices in New York, NY, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Miami, Florida and West Milford, New Jersey, where victims can obtain Mr. Smith's assistance in pursuing justice in cases related to the Sexual Harassment, Employment Discrimination, and Wrongful Termination. 

Mr. Smith graduated from the University of Michigan and earned his law degree from The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of law. Derek Smith is admitted to pratice law in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. His Partner is admitted in Florida and handles cases out of the firm's Miami Office.

Over the past 20-plus years, Mr. Smith has built a reputation as one of the region's leading employment lawyers. He has a "Superb" 10.0 rating on Avvo, and he has received a Preeminent client-review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, Newsweek has listed him among the nation's top attorneys, and the New York Law Journal has recognized him for obtaining one of New York's largest jury verdict awards in employment law history. Derek Smith works on a contingency basis such that there is no fee unless you recover.  

Attorney Smith is an active member of the legal community on state and national levels. He holds membership in the National Employment Lawyers Association, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the National Employment Lawyers Association/New York.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment & Labor (60%): Employment Law - Employee, Unions, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Employment Litigation (40%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer

Focus Areas

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


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Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2011, 2016 - 2018

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About Derek Smith

Admitted: 1995, New York

Professional Webpage:


  • Top rated attorney by Newsweek
  • Judge in the the annual Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition
  • Recognized by The New York Law Journal as having obtained one of the highest discrimination jury verdicts in New York Employment Law
  • Judge in the Charles W. Froessel Intramural Moot Court Competition
  • Top Rated employment attorney by SuperLawyers as one of the top 5% attorneys in employment law in New York City
  • One of the top employment & labor law attorney in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia, with a proven record of Top Employment Law Verdicts in NY

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Member, New York State Trial Lawyers ("NYSTLA")
  • New Jersey, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • Pennsylvania, 1996
  • Member, National Employment Lawyers Association of New York ("NELA/NY")
  • New York, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
  • Member, National Employment Lawyers Association ("NELA")
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York


  • $2.5 Million Jury Award for Bartender Claiming Sexual Harassment
  • Wins $1.6 Million Jury Verdict For Victim of Sexual Orientation Discrimination Against Famous Restaurant - 2012 Verdict
  • Wins $2.2 Million Verdict for Discrimination Victim - November, 2015
  • Wins $4 Million Verdict for Disability Discrimination Victim Against Country's Largest Hospital - November, 2014

Educational Background:

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, B.A., 1991
  • Université de Droit, d’Économie, et des Sciences d’Aix-Marseille in Aix-en-Provence, France

Industry Groups

  • ADA Claims And Violations
  • Age Discrimination
  • Compensation Discrimination
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Ethnic Discrimination
  • Family And Medical Leave Act Claims
  • Gender Discrimination
  • Hostile Work Environment Attorneys
  • National Origin Discrimination
  • New York City Sexual Harassment Attorneys
  • Overtime Wage & Hour Violations
  • Pregnancy Discrimination
  • Race Discrimination
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Sexual Orientation Discrimination
  • Wrongful Or Retaliatory Termination
Office Location for Derek T. Smith

One Penn Plaza
Suite 4905
New York, NY 10119

Phone: 866-470-8261

Fax: 212-587-4169

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Last Updated: 1/16/2019

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