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
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2011, 2016 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (60%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Schools & Education (0%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French
Attorney Profile

Attorney Derek T. Smith founded his New York City-based law firm, 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 two additional law offices in Philadelphia and Hewitt, New Jersey, where victims can obtain Mr. Smith's assistance in pursuing justice in cases related to the following:

• Employment discrimination
• Sexual harassment
• Family and Medical Leave Act cases

Mr. Smith began his legal career in 1995 after earning his law degree from The Dickinson School of Law at The Pennsylvania State University and his approval to practice law in New York state. In addition to his approval to practice in New York's state courtrooms, Pennsylvania and New Jersey have also granted him their approval to practice in their courtrooms, as have the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania.

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" rating from 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.

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

Schools & Education (0%)

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:


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

Bar/Professional Activity:

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


  • 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
  • Wins $1.6 Million Jury Verdict For Victim of Sexual Orientation Discrimination Against Famous Restaurant - 2012 Verdict
  • $2.5 Million Jury Award for Bartender Claiming Sexual Harassment

Educational Background:

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

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


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Last Updated: 8/7/2018

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