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No. 3: Nancy Erika Smith

Law Power 50

In the #MeToo era, few keep employers in line as well as Nancy Erika Smith. She’s spent the last 30 plus years fighting and winning employment law cases, and she’s also known around the country as a source on high-profile sexual harassment and assault cases, appearing on CNN, NBC, and CBS, with her expertise quoted in the Washington Post and Forbes.

Smith’s recent high-profile cases have included Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment case against Fox News and Roger Ailes, which settled for $20 million and Meredith Watson, who has accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault.

The co-founder of Montclair’s Smith Mullin perennially appears on best-lawyer lists thanks to a history of significant victories over the course of a nearly 40-year career. Smith has won important cases involving New Jersey Transit, the Essex County Sheriff’s office, WWOR-TV, Prudential Insurance Co. and IBM Corp. She also speaks widely on employment law issues and lectured at Oxford University.

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