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Joyce Smithey

Founding Partner
Smithey Law Group LLC

Joyce SmitheyAnnapolis-based employment and labor law attorney Joyce Smithey says hard work and dedication helped her open and build her successful law firm representing employees and employers in some of the state’s most high-profile cases.

“Having set legal precedent in many cases during the past 20 years, I bring a wealth of knowledge to helping clients protect their interests and administrative hearings, state and federal litigation, and day-to-day practice,” she wrote.

The Maryland native graduated from Severna Park High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University in communications in 1993. She received a law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1999.

She practiced for several years in New Hampshire before returning to Maryland where she worked at two Baltimore law firms before becoming equity partner at Rifkin Weiner Livingston, LLC. In June 2018, Smithey opened her own practice, Smithey Law Group, and considers it her greatest professional accomplishment. She was the chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group and an equity partner at an established firm when she decided to go off on her own.

“It took a lot of courage to leave behind the safety net that a large, established firm provides and strike out on my own,” she wrote. “As the sole rainmaker and source of startup capital for a firm that now has four lawyers and multiple support staff, I am proud of the firm I established.”

The building where Smithey’s firm is based just won Urban Land institute’s WaveMakers Award for its design.

Smithey also teaches seminars and law school courses and authored the 4th edition of Maryland Rules Commentary. She also contributes to The Employee Advocate, the Metropolitan Washington Employment and Labor Lawyers Association’s newsletter.

“Joyce is considered a thought leader and frequently speaks and writes for various organizations,” wrote Susan Holmes, who nominated Smithey for the Leadership in Law honor.

Smithey provides pro bono consulting for the Women’s Law Center and the Workplace Street Law Program

Having set legal precedent in many cases during the past 20 years, I bring a wealth of knowledge to helping clients protect their interests and administrative hearings, state and federal litigation, and day-to-day practice.”

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2019 Leadership in Law awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.