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J. Arthur Smith III

J. Arthur Smith III

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Mr. Smith has been practicing law in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for almost forty-two (42) years. Labor and employment law is the principal focus of his practice. He is the President and the founder of the Baton Rouge affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association, President of the Louisiana Employment Lawyers Association, and Chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the Louisiana Association for Justice.

As a seasoned and experienced trial and appellate attorney, he is licensed and practices in all Louisiana state and federal courts, as well as in the U.S. Fifth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Smith handles labor and employment matters throughout the state of Louisiana. He has successfully litigated numerous labor and employment cases, in the state courts and all the federal courts in the State of Louisiana, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit , and the United States Supreme Court. He maintains a satellite office in Monroe, Louisiana

Areas of Practice

  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Civil Rights Violations
  • Family Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Administrative Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1972
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1972
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1979


  • Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 1971
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Law Review: Louisiana Law Review, National 1st VP of the ABA Law Student Division, 1970 - 1971
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • B.S. - 1968
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Business and Public Administration

Published Works

  • Possible Amicus Curiae Assistance for LAFJ Members in Employment Cases, Louisiana Association For Justice, 02/06/13
  • State Employees Should Not Be Required to Exhaust Administrative Remedies, If Any, by Filing Civil Service Appeals before Seeking Relief for Disability Discrimination in the District Courts under the Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law, Louisiana Association For Justice, 10/09/12
  • Hot Button Issues in Labor and Employment Law, Louisiana Association for Justice, 12/2011
  • Impairment of the Process Protections of Teachers and University Professors, Louisiana Association for Justice, 01/2012
  • United States Supreme Court Defines Causation Standard Entitled VII Cases, Louisiana Association for Justice, 09/2013


  • Numerous Seminars and Conferences on All Aspects of Labor and Employment Law, National Employment Lawyers Association, 2005 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Baton Rouge Affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association, President and Founder
  • Louisiana Employment Lawyers Association, President
  • Louisiana Association for Justice, Labor and Employment Section, Chair
  • American Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Louisiana Association for Justice
  • Louisiana Law Institute, Committee Studying the Procedural Laws Governing the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality


  • English


  • Lambda Chi Alpha

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Office Location

Smith Law Firm
830 North St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: 225-224-0381
Fax: 225-383-7773
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