Attorney Profile

Gregory W. Smith

Partner

Greg has represented employees for over 30 years in the field of employment litigation, and is a truly seasoned trial lawyer, having tried over 80 cases to verdict. Greg has successfully prosecuted cases against both private businesses and public entities in numerous high-profile jury cases.

Greg has also settled multiple cases in the million-dollar range. In 2009, Greg was one of the lawyers to set precedent in the case McDonald v. Antelope Valley Community College District when the California Supreme Court ruled that tolling was permitted in FEHA discrimination cases. In 2009, 2011, and 2019, Greg was nominated as Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Los Angeles Consumer Attorneys’ Association. He is a member of ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates) the most prestigious organization a litigator can be accepted into, only the best defense and plaintiff trial lawyers are invited into this exclusive group of attorneys.

In a 2022 order awarding attorney’s fees to Greg and Diana in the Joaquin v. City of Los Angeles case, Judge Kristin S. Escalante described Greg as “an exceptionally talented trial lawyer” who she believed to be “in the top echelon of employment trial lawyers.”

Greg’s recent jury verdicts include:

  • Dooros, et al. v. City of Los Angeles (2019)
    $8.6 million – Retaliation case
  • Bertone v. County of Los Angeles (2021)
    $8.4 million – Whistleblower Retaliation case
  • Briley v. City of West Covina (2018)
    $4 million – Whistleblower Retaliation case
  • Allstot v. City of Los Angeles (2018)
    $3 million plus $850,000.00 in attorney’s fees – Sexual Harassment and Retaliation case
  • Lawrence v. City of Long Beach (2018)
    $2.56 million – Whistleblower Retaliation case
  • McBride v. City of Los Angeles (2017)
    $1.5 million – Whistleblower Retaliation case
  • Joaquin v. City of Los Angeles (2021)
    $1.2 million – Retaliation case
  • Creswell v. City of Montebello (2015)
    $995,000.00 plus $1,500,000.00 in attorney’s fees – Racial Harassment and Retaliation case