Mr. Smith is a shareholder and president of Wheeler Upham, P.C. He practices primarily in the areas of employment law, civil litigation, postal contracts, business law, contracts, construction law, federal government contracts, and postal law. He has extensive litigation experience in these areas and has appeared before federal district courts, courts of appeal, bankruptcy courts, boards of contract appeal, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit System Protection Board, and state courts and administrative agencies.
Mr. Smith has successfully assisted clients with document drafting, discrimination claims, disability and Family Medical Leave Act compliance issues, federal disability retirement claims, federal workers’ compensation or OWCP claims, employee handbook questions, and postal contract disputes including holdover tenant claims. Mr. Smith’s litigation experience enables him to spot issues and propose solutions for his clients, thereby saving them time and money by avoiding and addressing legal issues before problems arise.
Each year since 2018, Mr. Smith has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the category of Employment Law – Individual. He was the 2014 and 2016 chairman of the Grand Rapids Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section.
Prior to joining Wheeler Upham, Mr. Smith was in-house counsel with the U.S. Postal Service, where he handled some of its most complex litigation involving personal injury, construction claims, leasing issues, and contract disputes. He has unique expertise in federal sector employment law and represents employees of federal agencies in many forums. Mr. Smith handles litigation against the federal government that other attorneys shy away from, including claims arising under the various civil rights laws, the Federal Torts Claim Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and the Contract Disputes Act.
Mr. Smith has published articles in the Michigan Bar Journal on mail disputes and bankruptcy appeals.