Drahcir Marie Smith

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Drahcir Smith is a seasoned Labor and Employment attorney who has successfully represented both employers and employees in employment litigation matters.  Drahcir is known for her innovative legal writing, her 360° style of thinking, and her easy smile, which she manages to deploy even in the most difficult situations. She has advised numerous Fortune 100 and 500 companies on compliance with employment law, prevention of workplace discrimination, and the development of effective personnel practices.  She has considerable  experience representing employers in wage and hour actions, discrimination charges and lawsuits, and in litigation involving post-employment restrictive covenants.  She particularly enjoys drafting employee handbooks and is notorious for her rousing harassment and discrimination training sessions.

Drahcir is also proficient at defending a range of other commercial litigation matters. She possesses an impressive background in white-collar criminal defense and has successfully represented numerous clients in over 200 federal administrative proceedings. Her approach to litigation is simple: Be thorough, be creative, be excellent.

Both inside and outside of her professional life, Drahcir believes in the importance of relationships. Her commitment to promoting the rights of individuals at all levels of society has motivated her to spend nearly two decades tirelessly working on and dedicated to diversity-related causes and initiatives.


  • Education

      • Howard University School of Law, J.D., 2005
      • Colgate University, B.A., Political Science and African-American Studies, 2002, cum laude

    Bar Admissions

      • Illinois
      • Georgia
      • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Professional Memberships

    • American Bar Association

      • Labor & Employment Section
    • State Bar of Georgia
    • Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys

    • BWLA of Greater Chicago

    Speeches & Presentations

      • “Gender Identity and the Workplace—Why Employers Should Be Proactively Implementing and Updating Policies Relating to Gender Identity and Transgendered Individuals,” Client Alert (March 2016)
      • “Coping with Internal and Government Investigations,” Contributor, American Bar Association’s 30th Annual Forum on Franchising (October 2007)
      • “When It Gets Personal: Advice to In-House Counsel on Avoiding Criminal and Civil Liability,” Primary Contributor, ECOA’s 19th Annual Ethics and Compliance Conference (2006)
      • The Developing Labor Law, BNA Books; 5th edition, Contributor (November 21, 2006)