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Ivan D. Smith

Ivan D. Smith

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

New York, NY, USA


Ivan Smith devotes his practice to labor and employment law and litigation, and entertainment law. He has substantial experience in employment discrimination cases, with particular emphasis in class and multi-plaintiff cases that are both regional and national in scope.

His clients have spanned many industries, including education, healthcare, sports, entertainment, food service, hotel, construction, maintenance, shipping, airline, trucking and engineering, and he has represented them in collective bargaining, contract and grievance arbitrations, litigation pertaining to unfair labor practices and matters before the National Labor Relations Board. In addition, Mr. Smith advises institutions on benefits and pension issues under Taft Hartley and ERISA, as well as advising on welfare plans concerning privacy and data breach issues.

Mr. Smith's entertainment practice include representing Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy- and Emmy-award-winning producers, writers, directors and artists in the music, television and film industries. He has served as general counsel to a number of entertainment companies in these industries. He also represents investors in film and music industries. Mr. Smith also serves as general counsel to various not-for-profit groups.


Professional Background

Mr. Smith joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in October 2013. Previously he was for six years a partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, where he was the administrative partner in New York, as well as a co-chair of its entertainment practice, and vice chair of its labor and employment group. He began his legal career at Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. as an associate in 1989. He became a partner there in 1995, and served as Managing Partner of the firm from 1996 to 2007, when he left to join Lewis Brisbois.

From 1991 to 2009, Mr. Smith served as an adjunct professor for the Cornell University Industrial School of Labor Relations, where he taught courses in labor and employment law, collective bargaining and arbitration.

Mr. Smith is often sought for legal commentary by such publications and programs as Time Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine and the television program, Court TV. He has been featured on 60 Minutes on CBS News, in a story titled "Southern Exposure."


Professional Affiliations

•              American Bar Association, Member (1991–Present)

•              New York City Bar Association, Member (1993–2007)

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