From his office in Ridgefield Gregory Smith concentrates on issues in school and education law. He advises students and teachers on their rights and represents their interests in courts and hearings throughout Connecticut.
Recent cases include:
A complaint in state court against a school district for a student's injuries sustained when her teacher left the class unattended and a classmate knocked her unconscious;
A complaint in federal court against a school district for violating Title IX in deliberately ignoring the sexual harassment of a student by her classmates;
A claim in contract against a superintendent of schools for reneging on a promise to pay a substitute a full teacher's salary once she obtained her certification in Connecticut;
A decision by a board of education not to expel a senior even though they found he had brought marijuana to school with intent to distribute;
A settlement of a due process complaint against a school district wherein the board agreed to fund an out-of-district placement for a student with sexual addiction;
The cancellation of termination proceedings by a board of education against a teacher when it was shown that the district had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act in not accommodating the teacher's ADHD;
A confidential agreement signed by a private school to fund a faculty member's child's tuition at a day school for students with ADHD.
Special Education hearings
Contracts and employment law
Civil litigation in Superior Court
Family and Juvenile matters
Misdemeanors in criminal court
Yale University, BA
Columbia University, MA
Boston University, JD
US District Court for Connecticut
Fairfield County Bar
Connecticut Trial Lawyers
Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers
2012 Pro Bono Award, CT Bar Assn.
Mr. Smith began his career as a paralegal for the Special Counsel to President Nixon during the Watergate hearings. More recently he has served in Superior Court as a Special Master for civil matters and as Assigned Counsel for criminal cases. He devotes time to the Small Firm Practice Management committee of the Connecticut Bar Association and to A Better Chance, bringing underprivileged girls to Ridgefield High School.