Smithey Law Group LLC

Smithey Law Group LLC

As an Annapolis employment lawyer, Ms. Smithey has taught seminars and law school courses on employment and labor law topics. She has also published extensively on Employment and Labor Law and civil litigation. Ms. Smithey authored the Fourth Edition

Firm Overview

Employment law attorney Joyce E. Smithey assists employers and employees throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia with a wide range of legal issues. Ms. Smithey regularly advises employers on compliance and claim prevention, and she represents both employers and employees in state and federal court and before the Department of Labor, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulations, Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, Howard County of Human Rights, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the following types of matters.

Main Office

Main Office
706 Giddings Ave #200

Annapolis MD 21401

Phone

(410) 919-2990

Fax

(410) 280-1602

Fees

Office Information

Office Hours

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Emergency After Hours

Yes

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Employment law attorney Joyce E. Smithey assists employers and employees throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia with a wide range of legal issues. Ms. Smithey regularly advises employers on compliance and claim prevention, and she represents both employers and employees in state and federal court and before the Department of Labor, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulations, Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, Howard County of Human Rights, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the following types of matters.

Joyce Smithey

Smithey Law Group LLC

Joyce Smithey is a highly respected employment and labor law attorney who represents employers and employees throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia in a diverse range of legal matters. With more than 18 years of employment law experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge to helping clients cost-effectively protect their interests in administrative hearings, state and federal litigation, and day-to-day practice.

Attorney Joyce Smithey provides experienced legal representation to employers and employees throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia. Focusing her practice exclusively in the areas of employment and labor law, she has garnered a reputation as one of Maryland's leading attorneys by representing both employers and employees.

Whether drafting employee handbooks or arguing vigorously on behalf of her clients in federal court, Ms. Smithey brings a comprehensive knowledge base and passionate attention to detail to helping her clients enforce their rights, protect their interests, and remain in compliance with the law.

Background | Education, Legal Experience, and Bar Admissions
Education
After graduating from Maryland's Severna Park High School, Ms. Smithey moved across the country to attend Pepperdine University. Following her graduation with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 1993, she worked her way back to the East Coast, enrolling at Boston University School of Law in 1996. During law school, Ms. Smithey served as a district court intern for the Maryland State's Attorney's Office, and authored, "Housing Discrimination Against People with Mental Disabilities: How does the Fair Housing Amendment Act of 1988 Help Implement the Goals of Deinstitutionalization?"

Legal Experience
Upon graduating with her Juris Doctor degree in 1999, Ms. Smithey began her legal career with a law firm in New Hampshire. Several years later, she returned to Maryland, spending time at two Baltimore firms before joining Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC in 2007, where she was an equity partner with the firm and the Chair of its Labor and Employment Practice Group. Ms. Smithey opened her own practice, Smithey Law Group LLC, in 2018.

Bar Admissions
Ms. Smithey is a member of the following state and federal bar associations:

Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA)
District of Columbia Bar Association (DC Bar)
New Hampshire Bar Association
U.S. Supreme Court

Recognition | Awards, Lectures, and Publications
Awards

2019 Leadership in Law from Daily Record Honoree
"The Leadership in Law honorees are exceptional in what they do professionally and in the greater community," said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. "Through their professional and volunteer accomplishments, they uphold high legal standards and improve communities throughout Maryland. Mentoring is an important part of who they are, and their impact on upcoming generations is noted. The Daily Record is pleased to honor them."

Baltimore SmartCEO's 2016 Centers of Influence Awards Honoree
Joyce E. Smithey named by Baltimore SmartCEO as one of the 2016 Centers of Influence Awards Honorees.

As a result of her experience, pro bono work, and extensive record in state and federal court litigation, Ms. Smithey has received numerous awards and recognitions during her legal career. These include:

Maryland Super Lawyer in the area of Employment and Labor Law (multiple-time recipient)

Maryland's Top 50 Women Attorneys, as published in Baltimore Magazine

Lectures and Publications
Ms. Smithey has also taught seminars and law school courses on labor and employment law topics, and she has published extensively in the area. This includes authoring the Fourth Edition of Maryland Rules Commentary and contributing to the MSBA Maryland Employment Law Deskbook. She is also a regular contributor to The Employee Advocate, the newsletter of the Metropolitan Washington Employment and Labor Lawyers Association. Some of Ms. Smithey's other lectures and publications include:

"Employment Contracts" Presentation at the University of Maryland, March 5, 2019

"Representing the Accused in the Me Too Era" (Maryland Bar Journal Magazine, January 2019)

Employment Law Institute presentation regarding 2018 Legislative Law Updates with Sally Dworak-Fisher, Esq. (April 2018)
"Effective Mediation Strategies" (Bar Association of Montgomery County, 120th Annual Meeting and Law Day Celebration)
"Data Safety in the Workplace" (Maryland Bar Bulletin)
"Employment Rights for Employees Living with Cancer" (Wellness House of Annapolis)
"Employment Rights for Employees Living with Mental Illness" (Trial Reporter, Winter 2015)
"Restrictive Covenants and Software Engineers" (Intellectual Property Series)

Education

Pepperdine University
Bachelor of Arts, 1993

Boston University School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1999

Reuben W. Wolfson

Smithey Law Group LLC

Senior Associate Attorney | Director of Administration
Reuben W. Wolfson is member of the Employment Law division of Smithey Law Group LLC, where he regularly advises employers and employees on all matters relating to employment law, such as discrimination, including race, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, family responsibilities and religion; sexual harassment; retaliation and reprisal; claims prevention; representation of public sector employees; disability accommodation and discrimination; wrongful discharge; employment contracts and restrictive covenants; wage and hour issues; and employment class and collective actions.

Mr. Wolfson is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association.

Practice Areas, Bar Admissions, and Education

Practice Areas
Employment Law

Bar Admissions
Maryland (2012)
Washington, D.C. (2014)
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (2015)
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (2018)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2017)

Education and Background
A native of Montgomery County, Maryland and graduate of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Mr. Wolfson completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan. Following his time in Ann Arbor, Mr. Wolfson returned to the Washington, DC metro area where he spent several years as a paralegal at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP. Mr. Wolfson received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law, where he served as Symposium Editor of the International and Comparative Law Review. Mr. Wolfson previously interned with the Honorable Peter J. Messitte at the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Prior to joining Smithey Law Group LLC in 2018, Mr. Wolfson served as an associate at Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC in Annapolis, Maryland as a member of its employment litigation practice.

Education

University of Miami School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2012

University of Michigan
Bachelor of Arts, 2006

Catherine M. Manofsky

Smithey Law Group LLC

Of Counsel
Catherine M. Manofsky is Of Counsel at Smithey Law Group, LLC and focuses exclusively on employment and labor law issues. Ms. Manofsky is an experienced litigator who has represented a variety of clients, including individuals, employers, and public and private entities. She has a broad litigation background in employment litigation, complex civil and business litigation, and appellate advocacy.

Practice Areas, Bar Admissions, and Education

Practice Areas
Employment Law
Bar Admissions
Maryland (2003)
Washington, D.C. (2004)
S. District Court for the District of Maryland (2004)
S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2006)
Bar Associations
Maryland State Bar Association
D.C. Bar
American Bar Association

Education and Background
A Maryland native, Ms. Manofsky completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she was a member of the University Honors Program and Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, with a double major in Psychology and Criminology & Criminal Justice. Ms. Manofsky received her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Wake Forest University School of Law, where she served as Executive Editor of the Law Review and a Moot Court Board Member. She received the honors of the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Barristers. Ms. Manofsky previously served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Peter B. Krauser of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. Prior to joining Smithey Law Group LLC in 2018, Ms. Manofsky was a principal at a prominent litigation firm in Baltimore.

Recognition | Awards and Publications

Awards
Daily Record Leading Women Award
Ms. Manofsky was named by the Daily Record as one of the 2017 Leading Women honorees. Leading Women honorees are selected based on their professional experience, community involvement, and a commitment to inspiring change.

Publications
Co-author, "Drafting and Issuing Discovery Subpoenas: Maryland," Thomson Reuters Practical Law, Jan. 2018.
Co-author, "By the Numbers: The Accountant-Client Privilege," DRI: The Whisper, Vol. 10 Issue 6, July 2014.

Community
Ms. Manofsky is a leader of two Girl Scout Troops for the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. She is also a member of the Executive Board of the Davidsonville Elementary Parent Teacher Organization. She has previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc. and Chrysalis House, Inc. and as a member of the MSBA Ethics Committee.

Education

University of Maryland College Park
Bachelor of Arts, 2000

Wake Forest University School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2003

Lisa L. Walker

Smithey Law Group LLC

Associate Attorney
Lisa L. Walker joined Smithey Law Group, LLC as an associate in 2018, where she focuses exclusively on employment law issues. Before joining Smithey Law Group, Ms. Walker served as a judicial law clerk to two judges on the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland - the Honorable Stuart R. Berger in Baltimore City from 2016-2017 and the Honorable Robert A. Zarnoch (Senior Judge, Specially Assigned) in Annapolis, Maryland from 2017-2018.

Practice Areas, Bar Admissions, and Education

Practice Areas
Employment Law

Bar Admissions
Maryland (2016)
Tennessee (2017)
Bar Associations
Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), Labor & Employment Law Section
American Bar Association

Education and Background
Ms. Walker grew up in Tennessee and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in 2011. She went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in sociology at MTSU in 2013, during which she conducted research on inequality issues in the workforce and completed a thesis examining sexual harassment within the restaurant industry.

Ms. Walker graduated magna cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2016, where she served as a Law Review editor and a Rule 16 student attorney in the Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Clinic. As a student attorney, she represented low-income clients in civil and administrative cases and negotiated on behalf of clients in matters involving state and federal minimum wage laws. Ms. Walker also interned at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Hearings Office, the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland, and the Court of Appeals of Maryland with the Honorable Glenn T. Harrell.

Education

Middle Tennessee State University
Master of Arts, 2013

Middle Tennessee State University
Bachelor of Science, 2011

University of Baltimore School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2016

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