Employment & Labor Attorney Joins Fredrikson & Byron’s Des Moines Office
Patrick D. Smith has joined Fredrikson & Byron as a shareholder in the Employment & Labor Group. Smith represents public and private sector employers in a broad spectrum of employment and labor matters, both inside and outside the courtroom.
“We are pleased to welcome Pat to our growing team,” said Bridget Penick, co-head of Fredrikson & Byron’s Des Moines office. “His extensive background in employment law and litigation will complement the services we provide currently. We are excited to provide a broad platform from which Pat can expand the legal services he provides to Iowa employers.”
“I’m very excited to be joining forces with Fredrikson & Byron,” said Smith. “The depth and breadth of the employment practice will allow me to provide a comprehensive array of services to my clients.”
For 25 years, Smith has been trying and litigating cases before juries, judges, administrative agencies and arbitrators. He has defended clients sued for all manner of employment related claims, including discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, FMLA, FLSA/wage and hour violations, defamation and employment torts. Smith represents employers in the drafting, negotiation and enforcement of non-compete and trade secret agreements. He defends public sector clients (such as school districts, cities, counties and municipal utilities) in civil rights, due process, whistleblower and open records/open meetings disputes. In the traditional labor law arena, Smith defends employers charged with unfair labor practices before the National Labor Relations Board, and advises employers in collective bargaining negotiations.
Smith’s practice includes consulting with employers on legal compliance, HR audits, drafting employment policies and handbooks, management training and internal investigations. He is a frequent presenter and publisher on a wide range of employment law topics.
Fredrikson & Byron is a 275-attorney law firm based in Minneapolis, with offices in Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, St. Paul, Saltillo, Mexico, and Shanghai, China. Fredrikson & Byron has a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet”. Our attorneys bring business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking to work with clients, and operate as business advisors and strategic partners, as well as legal counselors. More information about the firm is available at www.fredlaw.com. Follow us on LinkedIn and on Twitter @FredriksonLaw.
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