Biography

Beth has litigated numerous employment and labor law matters in the course of her practice, 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 Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC), 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; Beth obtained a settlement on behalf of a client in excess of $350,000
  • Assisted in the hearing and appeal process regarding a union driver 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 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

  • President, National Workers' Compensation Defense Network (2022-present)
  • Board of Governors, The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers (2022-)
  • Chair, Trial and Insurance Practice Workers’ Compensation Committee, American Bar Association
  • Maine State and Cumberland Bar Associations
  • Executive Board, National Workers' Compensation Defense Network (2018-present)
  • Employer Co-chair, American Bar Association Workers' Compensation Standing Committee (2017-present)
  • Red Mass Committee, Co-chair, 2003-2005; Founding Member of Host Committee (1998-present)
  • Member, Women's Law Section and Employment Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association
  • Cumberland Bar Association (1992-1998, 2006-present)
  • Secretary, National Workers' Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN) (2019-2020)
  • Boston Bar Association (2007)
  • Fellow, American Bar Association College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers (2014-present)

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

News

Verrill Attorney Elizabeth Connellan Smith Elected President of National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network

Blog

How to Break Up With An Employee: 10 Tips for Avoiding Claims and Liability

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Blog

News of Supreme Court Leak is a Good Reminder to Revisit Confidentiality Policies

If you have been on social media today (or yesterday) or picked up a newspaper or listened to the radio or watched television—really if you have consumed news in any format, you likely are...

Publication/Podcast

Labor & Employment Annual Update: Tips and Trends for 2021 and 2022

News

Verrill attorney Elizabeth Connellan Smith Elected to the Board of Governors of The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Blog

Should You Be Paying Overtime to Your Office Staff?

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Blog

Supreme Leak: NLRA Rights

For blog followers, you likely saw last week’s post reminding you to revisit your confidentiality policies in the wake of the leaking of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health...

Blog

What Employers Need to Know About Access to Reproductive Care After Dobbs

The United States Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization , No. 19-1392 (June 24, 2022) overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, has led to a host of...

Blog

Double Check: COVID-19 Policy

While in March of 2020 , I believe many individuals hoped that by July of 2022 we would no longer be concerned with COVID-19 Policies, such, unfortunately, is not the case. Yesterday , the...

Blog

Supreme Leak: Religion at Work

Over the last year, our society has navigated COVID-19 and rules concerning vaccination and masking. As a society and on this blog, we have discussed regularly the role religious freedoms play in the work...

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