Biography

In the course of her practice, Beth has litigated numerous employment and labor law matters, primarily defending claims brought against Maine employers. She has handled cases at all stages of litigation before state and federal trial courts, state and federal administrative agencies and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court sitting as the Law Court. Beth has a particular depth of knowledge in workers' compensation law, including the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. Beth is a member of the National Workers' Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN), and an American Bar Association College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Fellow. She also has particular skill in drafting and maintaining Affirmative Action plans and programs for employers in many fields.

Relevant Experience

  • Successfully defended a case brought by a home health nurse who fell in her own driveway, yet sought workers’ compensation benefits for her injuries.
  • Successfully litigated, in conjunction with the E.E.O.C., the first case in Maine involving allegations of a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act with respect to mental health disability, among other employment-related claims. Ms. Smith obtained a settlement on behalf of a client in excess of $350,000.
  • Assisted in the hearing and appeal process regarding a union drive against an employer.
  • Assisted numerous clients in drafting and maintaining affirmative action plans, as well as provided training to supervisors and administrators of the plans.
  • Authored articles in national publications on employment law issues, and has lectured on issues of employment law and litigation in a variety of forums.

Services / Industries

Education

  • University of Maine School of Law  (J.D.)
  • Bowdoin College  (A.B., cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • Maine
  • Massachusetts

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Maine State and Cumberland Bar Associations
  • Executive Board, National Workers Compensation Defense Network, 2018-
  • Employer Co-chair, American Bar Association Workers' Compensation Standing Committee, 2017-
  • Red Mass Committee, Co-Chair, 2003-2005; Founding Member of Host Committee, 1998-
  • Member, Women’s Law Section and Employment Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association
  • Cumberland Bar Association, 1992-1998, 2006- 
  • Member, National Workers' Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN), 2006- 
  • Boston Bar Association, 2007 
  • Fellow, American Bar Association College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers, 2014-

Honors

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell 
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Labor & Employment 
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Workers' Compensation, Employment & Labor

To learn more about third-party ratings and rankings, and the selection processes used for inclusion, click here.

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Firm Highlights

Publication/Podcast

2019 Annual Employment Law Update Materials

On Thursday, January 31, members from Verrill Dana's Labor and Employment group, as well as some from the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation group, conducted a full-day seminar full of employment law related topics...

Blog

Our Most Recent Episodes in our HR Law 101 Podcast Miniseries: Understanding the HR Basics

Whether you’re the founder of a startup, new to HR, or are looking for a refresher on some of the basics, this podcast miniseries will provide you with the building blocks necessary to successfully...

Publication/Podcast

Emerging Issues and Legislation in Maine Workers' Compensation

The workers’ compensation landscape is constantly evolving, but don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. In this webinar hosted on April 17, 2019, Verrill Dana attorneys Elizabeth Connellan Smith and Liz Johnston explored the latest issues...

Blog

The Sharpie and Employment Litigation Documentation

Publication/Podcast

Compromise Reached in Maine Workers’ Compensation Reform

Governor Mills has signed into law amendments to the existing Workers’ Compensation Act that are the product of a bipartisan effort to avoid a series of proposed legislation that would have had the very...

Blog

EEOC Announces EEO-1 Component 2 Pay Data Collection Will NOT Be Renewed

Yesterday, September 11, 2019, the EEOC announced that it will not seek to renew collection of EEO-1 Component 2 Data for 2019, 2020, and 2021.  This does not impact employer’s current EEO-1 obligations to...

Blog

Compromise Reached in Maine Workers’ Compensation Reform

Governor Mills has signed into law amendments to the existing Workers’ Compensation Act that are the product of a bipartisan effort to avoid a series of proposed legislation that would have had the very...

News

Maine's Parental Comp Benefits

Early this month,  Business Insurance  published an article, authored by Louise Esola, entitled "Expansion of Parental Comp Benefits in Maine Unlikely to Spread." The article discusses an amendment to Maine workers’ compensation law such that...

Blog

Summer Break - Massachusetts Employers Get Extension on Paid Family and Medical Leave Implementation

Those closely following the timeline for  implementation of  Massachusetts’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave, are aware that on July 1, 2019, employers were  required to begin to make payroll deductions for the paid leave. ...

Blog

Maine’s New Paid Leave Law: Employer Confusion

On May 28, 2019, Governor Mills signed into law the nation’s first ever paid leave law requiring leave for any reason.  The statute itself is uniquely brief, giving the impression that it is straightforward...