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Perry G. Smith

Partner

PRACTICE SUMMARY

Overview

Perry G. Smith is an employment litigation attorney. He has prevailed as the lead attorney for employees in jury and bench trials and has prevailed multiple times at the court of appeal. Mr. Smith may be the only attorney in California to have obtained a reversal of the same trial court three different times in the same case when all three appeals were reviewed for an abuse of discretion.

Employee Representation

Mr. Smith practices in the area of employment litigation. Although Mr. Smith began his career only defending employers, including some of the largest employers in the United States, the majority of his practice is now spent representing employees in lawsuits for wrongful termination, discrimination of all kinds, whistleblower retaliation, unpaid wages and other claims. Mr. Smith’s training at a law firm known for its high quality work and his insight into defense strategies, allows him an advantage over many other lawyers in representing employees.

Education

Mr. Smith received his juris doctor, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he served as Articles Editor of the Georgia Law Review and was the recipient of the Newell Edenfield scholarship for ranking in the top 10% of his first year class. Mr. Smith received his B.A. from Brigham Young University.

Publications/Media

Mr. Smith's opinions on employment law issues have been sought by National Public Radio (“NPR”) and the television show TMZ, among other media outlets. Mr. Smith has lectured on employment law subjects including discrimination and harassment, employee privacy issues, wage and hour law and wrongful termination, among other topics. Mr. Smith has also written articles on employment law issues for various publications.

Awards & Recognition

Mr. Smith has been named a “Rising Star” in the Southern California legal community by his peers on six separate occasions. For more information about this accolade, including the selection process, please see www.superlawyer.com.  He has a "Superb" rating on AVVO as a result of his experience, client  reviews and peer recognition.

Prior Firm Experience

Before forming Barritt Smith LLP, Mr. Smith was an attorney in the Labor and Employment Law Department of Payne & Fears LLP in Irvine, California.

Personal

During his off time, Mr. Smith enjoys spending time with his wife and their twin girls and three dogs.  Mr. Smith has served on the Board of Directors for the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa, CA, which serves meals to several hundred needy Orange County residents per day and continues to support its mission. Additionally, Perry enjoys songwriting and, in 2008, wrote a song that placed in the top 10 of the American Idol Songwriter contest. More recently, he collaborated with the lead singer of Quietdrive and the result is the song "Picture of Me" on Quietdrive's latest labum, Up or Down.

You can listen to Picture of Me below:

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