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

  • 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)
  • Member, National Workers' Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN) (2006-present)
  • 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

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

EEOC Announces EEO-1 Component 2 Pay Data Collection WON'T 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

Identifying and Handling a Hostile Work Environment

Employee claims of “hostile work environments” continue to make news both in Maine and on a national level, putting potentially embarrassing and damaging workplace and employee interpersonal issues into the public eye. But when...

News

Verrill Attorney Elected Secretary of National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network Executive Board

(November 13, 2019) – Verrill attorney Elizabeth Connellan Smith was recently elected secretary of the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN). Smith has been a member of the NWCDN since 2006, and was first...

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

Tip: Administrative Assistants Only Rarely Are Exempt From Overtime Pay

Blog

The Sharpie and Employment Litigation Documentation

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

Five Employment Law Traps For CFOs Tasked with HR Oversight

Overseeing human resources -- a hat that many CFOs wear -- may mean having to make crucial decisions about hiring and policy, performance management and discipline, and employee terminations. Such decisions may affect HR...

Blog

Overtime Update to Have Wide Reaching Effect on Employers