Gregory Smith, Esquire

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I’ll stand up for your educational needs.
As a teacher and a lawyer I have always worked to open opportunity for every child to learn and grow.
This passion drew me into law school and, after passing the bar, into teaching. As a high school History teacher, I motivated students to learn and challenge themselves. As a teacher in special education, I helped disabled students make significant academic progress. As an administrator, I supervised twenty teachers and twelve hundred students in two schools. 

Combining my passion and expertise, in 2011 I founded a practice in the specialized niche of school law. I now represent every child and every teacher that needs my services to keep opportunity open. I help students and their families pursue services, fight discrimination, stop bullying, challenge discipline, win damages for negligence and overcome the horrors of sexual harassment. I help teachers fight discrimination when their union won’t. 

Schools have their attorneys. You need your own. Contact me to stand up for you

I’m uniquely effective because I know the law and I know schools. 
After thirty years as a teacher in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York, I have experienced first-hand the various standards schools are expected to meet. I know the resources districts have available. I appreciate the commitment many teachers make. I understand that in their effort to coordinate so many people and resources, schools can make mistakes that significantly affect their students and teachers. 

From this I bring a unique perspective to my interactions with administrators, mediators, judges and other attorneys. The public charges schools with an immense mission, to be completed under constant public scrutiny. Administrators and teachers often feel that no one outside their field can understand their challenges. I’m uniquely successful on behalf of my clients because I’m respected as a lawyer that knows schools from the inside out. 

Clients appreciate my thoroughness, ethics and dedication.
Before they call me, families have often tried hard to resolve problems themselves. A major source of their frustration is feeling powerless to reach decision-makers within the bureaucracy of a district and make their voices heard. In hiring me, clients feel confident their positions will be presented in the most effective way possible. They feel relieved to have a strong advocate pursuing their interests. 

I look forward to discussing your legal rights and options.

Honors and Awards
Annual Pro Bono Award, Connecticut Bar Association, 2012 – For representing students facing expulsion and special education students. 
Bar Admissions
M.A. Columbia University, 1981
J.D. Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA, 1977
B.A. Yale University, 1973

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