Sean Smith is a member of the firm’s labor & employment department. He focuses his practice on representing clients in connection with corporate transactions, advising clients on the labor and employment aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and sales.
Sean also advises clients on a wide range of employment issues, including employment agreements, consulting agreements, restrictive covenants, personnel policies, wage and hour compliance, family and medical leave, disability accommodations, discrimination matters, employee discipline and discharge, and separation agreements.
Sean also has extensive litigation experience, having represented employers before state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies. He has significant experience litigating non-compete, non-solicitation, and trade secret matters, in addition to defending employers against allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour violations.
Client matters prior to joining Ropes & Gray include:
- Represented large insurance brokerage firm in multimillion dollar lawsuit between competing firms involving allegations of non-competition, non-solicitation, and trade secret violations.
- Obtained summary judgment for national lender against claims of trade secret misappropriation and breaches of restrictive covenants brought in federal court.
- Obtained summary judgment for leading regional bank against claims brought by former CEO for wrongful termination and recovery of golden parachute payment.
- Defended top-tier Massachusetts college against gender discrimination claims by tenured professor.
- Defended leading liberal arts college against claims of wage-and-hour violations.
- Defended major property management company against claims of tortious interference with employment agreements and restrictive covenants.
- Quoted, “Newly adopted ETF rule positions boards as overseers of custom basket policies,” Fund Directions (October 3, 2019)
- Co-author, Global Guide to Non-Competition Agreements (“Massachusetts”) (2019)
- Co-author, “Massachusetts Set to Become the State to Offer the Most Far-Reaching Paid Family Leave Program in the Country,” Employee Benefit Plan Review (October 2018)
- Presenter, “Legal Issues Employers Face in 2019: What You Need To Know,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (January 2019)
- JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 2011; Senior Articles Editor, Virginia Journal of Criminal Law
- BA (Economics, Political Science), cum laude, University of Florida, 2008
Admissions / Qualifications
- Massachusetts, 2019
- District of Columbia, 2015
- Florida, 2011
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida