Karen M. Smith concentrates her practice on employment and employment litigation, representing businesses in a variety of industries, including warehousing, logistics, manufacturing, soft-drink bottling, financial services and healthcare. She has successfully tried and defended numerous discrimination, harassment, retaliation, reduction-in-force, wrongful termination and wage and hour lawsuits, including collective/class actions, in both state and federal courts across the country. In addition to litigation matters, Karen has worked with clients undergoing OFCCP, EEOC and DOL audits and assists with responses to charges before these tribunals and similar state agencies. She also works with in-house counsel and human resources departments to review, build and implement policies, procedures and programs designed to minimize legal risk and exposure by providing general employment counseling and advice, conducting internal employment-related audits and workplace investigations, providing training to employees, reviewing and/or drafting policies, handbooks, employment-related agreements and compliance programs.
- J.D., with Honors, University of Tennessee College of Law, 1991
- B.S., cum laude, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 1987
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Eleventh Circuits
- U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Tennessee
- American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
- Chattanooga Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
- Tennessee Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
- SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management)
- SETLAW (Southeastern Tennessee Legal Association for Women)
- Junior Achievement of Chattanooga - Board Member
- Employee Participation in Social Movements: What's an Employer to Do?
- It's Not Too Late to Make Your 2017 HR Resolutions
- 30-Day Countdown to the New DOL Overtime Rule – Are YOU Ready?
- The EEOC Revises Its Proposal to Collect Pay Data
- Questions and Answers on the DOL Salary Basis Requirement Final Rule
- EEOC Proposal Seeks to Combat Discrimination Through the Tracking of Payroll Data
- Two New Developments Affecting Federal Contractors
- What's New in Employment Law for 2017, SHRM Chattanooga
- Karen Smith to Speak at Walker County Small Business Conference
- Karen Smith to Speak at Chattanooga Chapter of the American Payroll Association
- Caraway and Smith to Speak at Tennessee Credit Union League Executive Leadership Compliance Conference
- Karen Smith to Speak at Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce
- Chattanooga Seminar | Wage and Hour Law Update
- Nashville Seminar | Wage and Hour Law Update
- Karen Smith to Present at Chattanooga Area Dental Society
- Karen Smith to Speak at the Renaissance Network's Principals Leadership Academy
- Karen Smith to Speak at the Chattanooga American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration
Karen has climbed the 414 steps to the top of the Campanile di Giotto in Florence, Italy.