Mariel E. Smith

1301 1st Avenue
Suite 100
Columbus, GA 31901 

Mariel Smith’s primary practice is Labor & Employment Law.  She has years of experience in defending companies in lawsuits and prelitigation investigations involving agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Georgia Department of Labor, and the United States International Trade Commission.  Her litigation experience in Employment and Labor Law include defending employers in wage and hour, discrimination and harassment claims.  She also has experience in representing clients in mediation.  She has assisted clients in workplace internal investigations, as well as those involving employees charged with white collar Federal crimes.  She also has experience assisting private companies undergoing workforce reductions.

Mrs. Smith originally joined the Columbus office of HBS in 2011 after she worked for several years as a Superior Court Judicial law clerk and subsequently as an Assistant District Attorney, all for the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit.  During her first few years at HBS, Mrs. Smith also served as the Associate Magistrate Judge for Muscogee County and occasionally filled in on the bench for Municipal Court, presiding over civil lawsuits, criminal first appearance hearings, truancy hearings, and warrant applications.

Mrs. Smith left HBS in 2017 to work as General Counsel for a Global Manufacturing Company and recently returned to HBS in 2019.  During her time as General Counsel, Mrs. Smith managed complex litigation, including lawsuits involving products liability matters, patent infringement and trade secret theft, and also maintained the Company’s trademark and patent inventory.  She gained a significant amount of experience in negotiating, revising, and managing agreements including those with two of the largest multinational retail corporations.  She has also successfully negotiated international agreements as related to Operations and Procurement in the Manufacturing Industry. Mrs. Smith has unique expertise in Consumer and Commercial Law, particularly as related to eCommerce, Business Compliance with Consumer Privacy Laws, consumer products packaging/labeling, and International Trade.

ADMITTED

  • Georgia State Courts
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia

EDUCATION

  • University of Arkansas School of Law, J.D.
  • Mercer University, B.A., cum laude

PUBLICATIONS

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Columbus Chapter of Georgia Association for Women Lawyer (GAWL), 2008-present, past Treasurer, past President
  • Columbus Bar Association, 2009-present
  • Columbus American Inn of Court as Barrister, 2011-present
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Fountain City Bar Association
  • Columbus Chapter of Society for Human Resource Management

Presentations

  • Panelist, “Getting Bias out of Our Systems,” From Day One Forum, February 2020- recorded presentation
  • Social Media and other Hot Topics in Law, presented to Arch Insurance Claims Professionals, October 2019
  • Social Media in Claims and Litigation, RIMs, Great Plains Chapter, Omaha Nebraska, November 2019
  • “Americans with Disabilities Act in the Workplace” presented to employer-clients in 2019
  • “Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace” presented to clients in 2018 and 2019
  • Creative South 2017, Trademark and Copyright Law presentation “How to Cover your Ass-ets.”
  • National Business Institute, “Human Resource Law, 2017:– Is Your Employee Handbook Up to Date?: Essential Components and Sample Policies for Today’s Workplace; and Wage and Benefits Issues”

 

  • Top 40 Under 40, National Black Lawyers, 2015, 2016, and 2017
Written by: Mariel Smith, Esq. Employers should take note that the CROWN Act is now law in several states and is being considered in many others. 
Written by: Mariel Smith, Esq. On September 24, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule modifying the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime
Practice Specific Experience
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Mariel Smith’s primary practice is Labor & Employment Law.  She has years of experience in defending companies in lawsuits and prelitigation investigations involving agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Georgia Department of Labor, and the United States International Trade Commission.  Her litigation experience in Employment and Labor Law include defending employers in wage and hour, discrimination and harassment claims.  She also has experience in representing clients in mediation.  She has assisted clients in workplace internal investigations, as well as those involving employees charged with white collar Federal crimes.  She also has experience assisting private companies undergoing workforce reductions.

Mrs. Smith originally joined the Columbus office of HBS in 2011 after she worked for several years as a Superior Court Judicial law clerk and subsequently as an Assistant District Attorney, all for the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit.  During her first few years at HBS, Mrs. Smith also served as the Associate Magistrate Judge for Muscogee County and occasionally filled in on the bench for Municipal Court, presiding over civil lawsuits, criminal first appearance hearings, truancy hearings, and warrant applications.

Mrs. Smith left HBS in 2017 to work as General Counsel for a Global Manufacturing Company and recently returned to HBS in 2019.  During her time as General Counsel, Mrs. Smith managed complex litigation, including lawsuits involving products liability matters, patent infringement and trade secret theft, and also maintained the Company’s trademark and patent inventory.  She gained a significant amount of experience in negotiating, revising, and managing agreements including those with two of the largest multinational retail corporations.  She has also successfully negotiated international agreements as related to Operations and Procurement in the Manufacturing Industry. Mrs. Smith has unique expertise in Consumer and Commercial Law, particularly as related to eCommerce, Business Compliance with Consumer Privacy Laws, consumer products packaging/labeling, and International Trade.

ADMITTED

  • Georgia State Courts
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia

EDUCATION

  • University of Arkansas School of Law, J.D.
  • Mercer University, B.A., cum laude

PUBLICATIONS

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Columbus Chapter of Georgia Association for Women Lawyer (GAWL), 2008-present, past Treasurer, past President
  • Columbus Bar Association, 2009-present
  • Columbus American Inn of Court as Barrister, 2011-present
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Fountain City Bar Association
  • Columbus Chapter of Society for Human Resource Management

Presentations

  • Panelist, “Getting Bias out of Our Systems,” From Day One Forum, February 2020- recorded presentation
  • Social Media and other Hot Topics in Law, presented to Arch Insurance Claims Professionals, October 2019
  • Social Media in Claims and Litigation, RIMs, Great Plains Chapter, Omaha Nebraska, November 2019
  • “Americans with Disabilities Act in the Workplace” presented to employer-clients in 2019
  • “Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace” presented to clients in 2018 and 2019
  • Creative South 2017, Trademark and Copyright Law presentation “How to Cover your Ass-ets.”
  • National Business Institute, “Human Resource Law, 2017:– Is Your Employee Handbook Up to Date?: Essential Components and Sample Policies for Today’s Workplace; and Wage and Benefits Issues”

 

  • Top 40 Under 40, National Black Lawyers, 2015, 2016, and 2017
Written by: Mariel Smith, Esq. Employers should take note that the CROWN Act is now law in several states and is being considered in many others. 
Written by: Mariel Smith, Esq. On September 24, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule modifying the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime
Practice Specific Experience
Related Industries