Roy Smith's legal practice is focused on the representation of employers in issues related to labor and employment law. 

Roy has extensive experience handling a heavy caseload of labor and employment matters for clients, from appearing on their behalf before administrative agencies, to representing them in federal and state court. Prior to joining FordHarrison, Roy served in municipal and state government, as Assistant County Counselor for Jackson County, MO, and prior to that, as Legal Counsel for the Missouri Department of Corrections. Both of these posts allowed him to obtain broad labor and employment law experience on the employer's side including managing the unemployment appeals process, litigating workers compensation claims, appearing before the EEOC and the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission, and handling mediations and settlement negotiations. His performance for the Missouri Department of Corrections earned him the Director's Coin of Excellence. 

Earlier in his career, Roy was an attorney in the Memphis office of a local labor and employment, representing both employers and individual employees.  

Representative Experience
  • Successfully defended a whistleblower claim against a Missouri state agency before the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission.
  • Represented employers in litigation based on allegations of discrimination, harassment and other violations of Federal and State employment laws.
  • Advised government officials on pre-litigation and litigation strategy for claims alleging wrongful termination at the state and municipal level.
  • Represented employers before the EEOC including participating in mediation.
Honors & Awards
  • National Employment Law Council (NELC) Academy Fellow (2022)