Elaina Smiley is Chair of the firm’s Employment Law Practice Group. She is also a member of the firm’s Immigration and Litigation Practice Groups.
Ms. Smiley’s practice involves employment and immigration law. Her work focuses on counseling employers on employment law compliance, defending employment discrimination claims, wage and hour claims, and matters involving breach of employment and non-compete agreements. Her practice also includes drafting the following: employment contracts, severance agreements, independent contractor agreements, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, employment policies, and handbooks. She frequently advises companies on compliance with employment laws and wage and hour laws, and she counsels clients in termination and disciplinary actions.
In addition, she provides training and counseling employers on topics such as: methods to avoid discrimination and harassment claims, how to handle employee complaints, compliance with equal employment opportunity laws, sexual harassment, compliance with Family and Medical Leave Act, as well as the Fair Labor Standards Act and overtime rules.
Ms. Smiley handles various immigration matters such as H-1B visas, H-2B temporary worker visa, L visas, labor certifications and the green card process, on behalf of companies, universities, colleges, and individuals. Furthermore, she counsels employers on compliance with immigration and employment laws connected to the employment of foreign nationals in the U.S.
- Allegheny County Bar Association, Member
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Member
Elaina grew up in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and currently lives in Mars, Pennsylvania. She enjoys spending time with her family and running.