Location: Annapolis, MD
Practice areas: Labor and employment
Joyce E. Smithey
“When someone meets a good attorney for the first time, that person should feel like a weight has been lifted from her shoulders,” says Joyce E. Smithey. “She should feel informed and empowered to know what can be done. I strive to leave all my clients with that sense of knowledge and empowerment.” Smithey’s dedication to her clients inspired one to write a poem about her: “She was a grand lady of the bar, Who achieved a great reputation from afar, For freeing the abused, From the confused, To make a better world for us all.” Smithey is one of the authors of two legal treatises, Maryland Rules Commentary and the Maryland Employment Law Deskbook. She also frequently publishes on topics such as employment rights for the disabled and workplace data safety.
QUICK TIP: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” – Fred Rogers
“Joyce is an expert at employment law and labor practices, and was integral in my company’s startup. She provided critical advice at the beginning, and has been available to provide guidance on short notice. Quite frankly, she’s the leader in her field/practice area. Joyce and her expertise are part of my company’s strong foundation.” – Kevin Atticks, CEO, Grow & Fortify, LLC