Lawrence D. Smith

Office Managing Shareholder || San Antonio

Mr. Smith’s practice at Ogletree Deakins primarily involves the defense of employers in labor and employment related litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Mr. Smith represents employers in claims involving equal employment opportunity law, unfair labor practices, wage and hour issues, unemployment compensation, wrongful discharge, state law tort and contract claims, occupational safety and health matters as well as class action litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Mr. Smith has tried cases involving claims of sex, race, national origin, age and same-sex discrimination, retaliation, workers compensation retaliation, disability discrimination under both the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress claims and covenants not to compete. Mr. Smith actively counsels clients on a wide range of daily employment issues including discharge, discipline, discrimination, leave and layoffs. Mr. Smith routinely handles appeals in both state and federal appellate courts.

Mr. Smith speaks frequently on a wide variety of topics at employment related seminars. Mr. Smith previously served as a member of the Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee responsible for drafting state court jury charges for employment cases. Mr. Smith is Board Certified, Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Smith has been recognized in the Best Lawyers publication, and has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer. Mr. Smith also serves as a contributing editor to the A.B.A.’s Fair Labor Standards Act treatise.

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  • J.D., Southern Methodist University, 1984
  • B.A., ; B.B.A., cum laude, cum laude, Southern Methodist University, 1981

Admittance to Practice

  • Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (Employment Law Committee, Co-Vice Chair, Articles)
  • State Bar of Texas (Labor and Employment Law Section Member)


  • Ogletree Deakins 13th Annual Labor and Employment Law Update - "Knowing What to Say When Under the ADA" - Austin - October 23, 2015
  • 2013 Risk Management Seminar - "Employment Law Update 2013 - What Employers Need to Know Now" - Austin - September 2013
  • Texas Bankers Association 82nd Annual Human Resources & Training Conference - "Employment Law Update 2013 - Identifying New Challenges for Employer" - Marble Falls - August 2013
  • 2013 San Antonio Manufacturers Association Employment Law Seminar - "A New Era, Accommodation Obligations for Employees Returning from or Exhausting Leave" - San Antonio - February 2013
  • 8th Annual South Texas Human Resources Association Symposium - "Perfecting the Reasonable Accommodation Process Under the Amended ADA" - San Antonio - March 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Texas Seminar - "When Harry Sued Sally - Non-Traditional Workplace Harassment Suits" - Austin - October 18, 2011
  • Texas Bankers Association, 79th Annual Human Resources and Training Conference - "Employment Law Update" - San Antonio - August 2011
  • Texas Bankers Association, 80th Annual Human Resources & Training Conference - "Employment Law Update: What You Need to Know" - San Antonio - August 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor & Employment Briefing - "Disloyalty, Departures and Misappropriations - Protecting Your Business Assets" - San Antonio - November 3, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar 2010 - "Tackling Tough Wage & Hour Issues" - Las Vegas - May 2010
  • Corpus Christi Human Resources Management Association Labor Law Seminar - "The Employee Free Choice Act and Beyond: Management Relations During the Obama Administration" - Corpus Christi - September 10, 2009
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, South Central Texas Chapter - "Caregiver Discrimination: Current View from the EEOC and the Courts" - San Antonio - August 5, 2009
  • 2009 San Antonio Manufacturers Association Labor Law Update - "Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act of 2008 - ADAAA: Are Employers Ready?" - San Antonio - January 21, 2009
  • Ogletree Deakins Texas Seminar, Lost in My Space - "How Technology Poses New Risks for Employers" - Austin - September 2008
  • Ogletree Deakins Employment Law Briefing - "Disability Discrimination and Accommodation Issues" - San Antonio - August 2008
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar 2008 - "Google Me! (Unless I Don't Like What U Find)" - New Orleans - May 2008
  • Corpus Christi Human Resources Management Association - "Workplace Bullying - Act Now or Pay Later" - Corpus Christi - March 24, 2008
  • 2008 San Antonio Manufacturers Association Employment Law Update - "Employee Leave Issues in 2008" - San Antonio - February 14, 2008
  • Ogletree Deakins Employment Law Briefing - "Managing Electronic Information Under the New E-Discovery Rule Changes" - San Antonio - April 2007
  • 2007 San Antonio Manufacturing Association's Employment Law Update - "Cruising the FMLA Highway: Tips for Avoiding Leave Related Hazards" - San Antonio - February 22, 2007
  • San Antonio Human Resources Management Association - "The New E-Discovery Rules" - San Antonio - February 9, 2007
  • 2002 San Antonio Manufacturers Association Employment Law Update - "Wage and Hour - Current Issues Under the Fair Labor Standards Act" - San Antonio - March 28, 2002
  • 2001 San Antonio Manufacturers Association Employment Law Update - "Retaliation: Employee's Newest Favorite Weapon" - San Antonio - March 28, 2001
  • January 31, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Texas Court Highlights Importance of Language in Noncompetes"
  • March 2013 - International Association of Defense Counsel, Employment Committee Newsletter - "Preferences in Reassignments to Vacant Positions as a Reasonable Accommodation under the ADA: Overview of EEOC v. United Airlines and Beyond"
  • January 2012 - 79 Defense Counsel Journal 32 - "ADA Amendments Act of 2008: Practical Implications for Employers in 2012 and Beyond"
  • September 2006 - International Association of Defense Counsel, Employment Committee Newsletter - "Key Provisions for Employers' FMLA Policies"
  • September 6, 2004 - Labor Relations Report - "Special Report of Employees Increasingly Bringing Religion to the Workplace Raising Issues of Discrimination Diversity"
  • October 1998 - Texas Labor Letter - "Reasonable Accommodation - Interactive Process"
  • April 24, 1996 - BNA's Employment Discrimination Report - "Analysis in Perspective, Religion in Workplaces Increasingly a Pandora's Box for Firms Experts Say"
  • October 18, 1995 - BNA's Employment Discrimination Report - "Employer is Advised to Review Policies Offer Accommodations to Avoid Bias Claims"
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • Best Lawyers in America (2007-present)
  • Texas Super Lawyer (2003-present)
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell

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