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J. Arthur Smith, III

Smith Law Firm LLP
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J. Arthur Smith, III
Smith Law Firm LLP
Baton Rouge,

Mr. Smith has been practicing law in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for almost fifty (50) years. Labor and employment law is the principal focus of his practice. He is the President and the founder of the Baton Rouge affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association, President of the Louisiana Employment Lawyers Association, and Chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the Louisiana Association for Justice..

As a seasoned and experienced trial and appellate attorney, he is licensed and practices in all Louisiana state and federal courts, as well as in the U.S. Fifth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Smith handles labor and employment matters throughout the state of Louisiana. He has successfully litigated numerous labor and employment cases, in the state courts and all the federal courts in the State of Louisiana and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Areas of Practice

Personal Injury

Criminal Law

Labor and Employment Law

Civil Rights Violations

Family Law

Environmental Law

Administrative Law

Litigation Percentage

80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

Louisiana, 1972

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1974

U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1972

U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1990

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2008

U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1975

U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit

U. S. District Court Northern District of Illinois

U.S. Supreme Court, 1979


Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

J.D. - 1971

Honors: With Honors

Law Review: Louisiana Law Review, National 1st VP of the ABA Law Student Division, 1970 - 1971

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

B.S. - 1968

Honors: With Honors

Major: Business and Public Administration

Published Works

Possible Amicus Curiae Assistance for LAFJ Members in Employment Cases, Louisiana Association For Justice, 02/06/13

State Employees Should Not Be Required to Exhaust Administrative Remedies, If Any, by Filing Civil Service Appeals before Seeking Relief for Disability Discrimination in the District Courts under the Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law, Louisiana Association For Justice, 10/09/12

Hot Button Issues in Labor and Employment Law, Louisiana Association for Justice, 12/2011

Impairment of the Process Protections of Teachers and University Professors, Louisiana Association for Justice, 01/2012

United States Supreme Court Defines Causation Standard Entitled VII Cases, Louisiana Association for Justice, 09/2013

Representative Cases

95 0787 La.App. 1 Cir. 6/28/96, Varnado v. Department of Employment and Training, 687 So.2d 1013 (La. App. 1 Cir. 1996)

Richard v. Bd. of Super. of La. State Univ., 960 So.2d 953 (La. App. 2007)

Barringer v. Robertson,10/31/2008, 2007 CA 0802 (La. App. 2008)

Smith v. Board of Trustees of Louisiana School Emp. Retirement System, 398 So.2d 1045 (La. 1981)

Bass v. International Broth. of Boilermakers, 630 F.2d 1058 (C.A.5 (La.) 1980)

95 1367 La.App. 1 Cir. 4/4/96, Benton, Benton and Benton v. Louisiana Public Facilities Authority, 672 So.2d 720 (La. App. 1 Cir. 1996)

Hammons v. Adams, 783 F.2d 597 (C.A.5 (La.) 1986)

Morehouse v. Southern University, (3/27/2009), No. 2008 CA 1943 (La. App. 2009)

Kling v. Dep't of Revenue (La. App. 1 Cir. 2013)

Ecology Center of Louisiana Inc. v. Coleman, 515 F.2d 860 (C.A.5 (La.) 1975)


Numerous Seminars and Conferences on All Aspects of Labor and Employment Law, National Employment Lawyers Association, 2005 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

Baton Rouge Affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association, President and Founder

Louisiana Employment Lawyers Association, President

Louisiana Association for Justice, Labor and Employment Section, Former Chair

American Bar Association

Louisiana State Bar Association

Baton Rouge Bar Association

Louisiana Association for Justice

Louisiana Law Institute, Committee Studying the Procedural Laws Governing the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

Louisiana Association for Justice

Labor and Employment and Civil Rights Sections, Former Chair..




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