Andrew L. Smith focuses on all aspects of public entity representation, criminal defense, personal injury, and employment litigation. He represents public entity clients in state and federal civil rights matters; employment; election law; prerogative writ; and, other associated cases. In addition, Andrew serves as a board attorney for the City of Newark Rent Control Board.
Prior to joining Lite DePalma Greenberg, Andrew counseled clients in all aspects of personal injury and negligence law at a mid-sized law firm based in New Jersey. He has successfully represented clients in numerous matters involving serious construction and automobile accidents, premises liability, third-party liability relating to underlying workers’ compensation claims, assault and battery cases. Andrew has also assisted clients in numerous criminal matters, immigration, and special civil claims and lawsuits.
Andrew is a devoted advocate and trial lawyer. He is committed to ensuring that all of his clients’ questions, concerns and issues are addressed throughout all stages of each and every case.
Prior to entering private practice, he served as a clerk at the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office and as a judicial intern to the Honorable John R. LaCava, J.S.C., of the Supreme Court of New York, Westchester County.
Andrew is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Bergen County Bar Association, the New Jersey Association for Justice and the Brennan Vanderbilt American Inn of Court. He is OSHA Certified in the Construction Industry and serves as a judge for the Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition.
Andrew was selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers and as a Top 40 under 40 lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers.
Newark Public Schools v. OPEIU Local 32, No. A-4539-16T1, 2018 WL 4905414 (App. Div. October 10, 2018).
Andrew Smith was named to the 2019 list of “New Jersey Rising Stars,” the third consecutive year that he has appeared there.¹
¹The Super Lawyers List is issued by Thompson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
October 24, 2019
Updates to Worker Classification Enforcement Law in New Jersey
The New Jersey Department of Labor has recently partnered with the United States Department of Labor to remedy the improper classification of employees as independent contractors. As set forth below, misclassification of employees has become a prominent issue to Governor Phil Murphy and his administration.
May 23, 2019
New Jersey Extends the Statute of Limitations in Civil Actions for Sexual Abuse Claims
It is crucial for litigants, attorneys, and the overall community to be aware of S477, which legally extends the statute of limitations in civil actions for sexual abuse claims. Governor Phil Murphy signed this legislation into law on May 13, 2019. The primary sponsors of the Bill included Senators Joseph Vitale and Nicholas Scutari; and Assembly members Annette Quijano, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, and Mila Jasey. See https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillView.asp?BillNumber=S477 (New Jersey Legislature, Bill Number S477)
November 22, 2018
The Potential Effects of the Proposed New Jersey Bad Faith Bill
S-2144, entitled the Insurance Fair Conduct Act, was passed by the New Jersey Senate on June 7, 2018. S-2144 could have a tremendous impact on the insurance industry and in connection with future litigated insurance claims. While the bill still must proceed through the Assembly and then be signed by Governor Phil Murphy, the bill, nevertheless, is highly significant.
May 17, 2018
The Impact of New Jersey's Equal Pay Act
On March 27, 2018, the New Jersey Legislature passed the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act. The Act amends the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination ("LAD") by providing additional protections against employment discrimination, and to promote equal pay. The Act will take effect on July 1, 2018, once the legislation is presented to, and signed by, Governor Phil Murphy.
March 15, 2018
Protecting Your Small to Mid-Sized Business
It is crucial to retain the services of an attorney when it comes to protecting your business. This may include, but not be limited to: business formation; choosing a legal entity; business litigation; contract drafting; employment relations and litigation; and, several other aspects.
September 28, 2017
Check your employment contract!
If your employment contract contains a "for cause" or "good cause" termination clause, you should be aware of your legal rights prior to, during, and following your period of employment. You may possess inextinguishable legal rights and should seek counsel accordingly, as you may not be considered an "at-will" employee.
June 8, 2017
Forum Shopping Revisited
Forum shopping is a practice adopted by litigants to get their cases heard in a specific court that may be more likely to produce a favorable result. Attorneys and litigants choose particular courts for a variety of reasons, including obtaining sympathetic juries, getting geographic advantage, and/or taking advantage of past favorable results in the chosen jurisdiction. Although forum shopping is sometimes frowned upon, it is nevertheless generally condoned and widely utilized by practitioners to try to benefit their clients.
February 9, 2017
Why You Should Consider Hiring a Trial Lawyer
Statistically, most lawsuits do not make it to trial. Suits are often settled by attorneys long before trial is commenced, or even scheduled on the federal or state court calendars. Cases are resolved, in large part, through pre-suit negotiation, arbitration, mediation, or court-mandated settlement conferences.