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.  


         Mr. Smith

  • Brings suit in state court for damages to students from the negligence of school districts and the violence of classmates;  
  • Counsels the victims of bullying and harassment on their rights;  
  • Pursues claims under civil rights laws in state and federal court against school districts for the intentional disregard of sexual harassment of one student by another;  
  • Represents students in hearings conducted by boards of education to consider expulsion for behavior on and off school grounds;  
  • Advocates for special education services in PPT meetings, mediation sessions and due process hearings;  
  • Provides advice to parents on their rights concerning attendance, concussions, medication, and every othertopic;  
  • Defends adolescents in juvenile and criminal court against charges stemming from behavior in and out of school;  
  • Advises families on the rights enjoyed by students that attend private schools;  
  • Appears on behalf of adolescents in guardianship hearings conducted by the Probate Court;      
  • Advises teachers on their civil rights and represents them in court and in hearings for claims against their employer.


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.

PRACTICES:

School Matters

       Expulsion

       Bullying

       Discrimination

       Sexual Harassment

       Special Education hearings

       Contracts and employment law

Cases in Courts

       Civil litigation in Superior Court

       Family and Juvenile matters

       Misdemeanors in criminal court


EDUCATION:

      Yale University, BA

      Columbia University, MA

     Boston University, JD

    

BAR ADMISSIONS:

      Connecticut

      Massachusetts

      US District Court for Connecticut


ASSOCIATIONS:

     Connecticut Bar

      Fairfield County Bar

      Connecticut Trial Lawyers

      Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers


AWARDS:

     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.