Vedder Price

Nicole A. Smith

Shareholder

Nicole A. Smith is a Shareholder in the Labor & Employment practice area in the firm’s Washington, DC office.

Ms. Smith balances her practice between traditional labor and employment law issues and occupational safety, understanding the importance of providing prompt, practical advice that factors in not only the associated legal risks but also the impact on business operations.

Ms. Smith has extensive experience working with in-house counsel and human resource professionals, providing counsel to clients on traditional labor law issues including collective bargaining, arbitrations, union avoidance strategies, unfair labor practice cases and representation cases. She regularly counsels clients in regards to employee-employer relationship problems including race, sex, age, national origin and disability discrimination claims, wage and hour matters, Family and Medical Leave Act issues and other types of leaves of absence, and compliance with local, state and federal employment laws.

A particular area of concentration for Ms. Smith is full-scale investigations of occupational safety concerning workplace accidents and fatalities, including: developing safety programs and policies; training employees on hazardous substance protocols; representing employers in OSHA contests following safety citations; appealing citations and penalties administered by OSHA; and advising and abating safety violations.

Ms. Smith has assisted companies with litigation matters and in regulatory investigations overseen by the Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, OSHA and other state workplace safety agencies. She not only prepares the client and responds to DOL investigations, but often goes above and beyond the legal scope of her work during major workplace accidents or industrial mishaps.
Ms. Smith also assists with the labor and employment matters that occur throughout the course of corporate mergers and commercial real estate transactions.

Nicole A. Smith

Shareholder

Experience

  • Represents a major US retailer as national outside OSHA counsel
  • Represents oil and gas refineries as national outside OSHA counsel
  • Represents Fortune 500 companies in numerous labor arbitrations
  • Representation of several clients as lead negotiator in collective bargaining negotiations
  • Representation of major multimedia client in restructuring work force domestically and globally

Nicole A. Smith

Shareholder

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1999
  • McKendree College, B.A., 1996, summa cum laude

Nicole A. Smith

Shareholder

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 2000
  • Maryland, 1999