Marc Smith


Marc J. Smith is a Rockville, Maryland employment attorney and a founding member of the law firm formerly known as Smith, Lease & Goldstein, LLC. In 2018, after 18 years managing Smith, Lease & Goldstein, LLC's employment counseling and litigation practice, Marc launched his own boutique practice, the Law Office of Marc J. Smith, LLC, where he continues to focus exclusively in the employment law arena, representing both employers and employees throughout the State of Maryland, Washington D.C. and other jurisdictions.

Marc is licensed to practice law in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Georgia, and has been admitted to practice before a number of federal courts. A Montgomery County native, Marc attended Woodward High School in Rockville and is a 1990 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law School. Marc is in his 30th year of practice as an employment attorney.

Marc spent the first seven years of his legal career as an associate with Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, a large Atlanta-based firm where he was a member of the firm's employment practice. While working in Atlanta, Marc obtained invaluable training counseling regional and national employers and handling complex employment litigation matters throughout the country on behalf of employers such as Northwest Airlines, GTE, HBO & Company and Fannie Mae. Following his relocation to the D.C. area, Marc has represented both employers and employees in a diverse array of employment law and litigation matters throughout the State of Maryland, the District of Columbia and other jurisdictions.

Marc has been regularly recognized as a Maryland and Washington D.C. “Super Lawyer” in the field of employment law, holding this distinction in 2007 and 2015-2021.

Representation Of Employers And Employees

During his 30-year legal career, Marc has had the opportunity to represent both employers and employees in a wide range of employment matters, giving him a unique perspective when advising and litigating cases on behalf of clients. Marc represents regional employers in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, including banks, financial service firms, government contractors, construction firms, hotels, medical and dental practices and retail concerns. A substantial part of Marc's practice also involves representation of private sector employees, executives and federal and state employees Marc provides advice to his clients with respect to the many facets of the employment relationship, including issues relating to hiring, discharge, discipline, discrimination (including race, national origin, gender, age and disability discrimination), harassment (including sexual harassment), family and medical leave issues, wage and hour matters (including overtime issues), and restrictive covenants (including non-compete and non-solicit agreements). Marc has substantial experience negotiating and drafting executive, employment and severance agreements, employee handbooks and other employment-related documents. Marc has litigated hundreds of cases in state and federal courts and before arbitration panels in jurisdictions throughout the United States, including Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana and Colorado. Marc has also handled numerous cases that have been resolved through mediation and arbitration and has represented many federal employees before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board.

Selective Service Representation

Marc has also developed a unique practice area representing individuals who have failed to register with the Selective Service. Most of these cases involve federal employees or applicants for federal positions who find themselves ineligible for federal service due to their failure to register with the Selective Service. Marc has successfully handled nearly 100 cases on behalf of individuals who failed to register with the Selective Service, preserving their federal jobs or clearing the way for federal employment. For more information about this practice area, see Marc's Selective Service Blog.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Maryland Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Georgia Bar
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court, District of Maryland
  • United States District Court, District of Columbia
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia


  • University of North Carolina School of Law 1990
  • North Carolina State University 1986

Recent Blog Posts


  • Client Recommends Marc Smith

    “I hired Marc to help file for a waiver with the Office of Personnel Management, he was knowledgeable, professional and candid about what to expect during the process. He outlined how other similar cases had gone, and made the process very easy to understand. We had a very positive outcome on my ...
  • Client Recommends Marc Smith

    “I had a complex issue which was related to my federal employment suitability. I talked to several lawyers and they had no exposure to my issue. That's when I found Mr. Marc Smith who knew exactly what to do about my situation.He made a complex legal issue look so simple. I was amazed at how Marc...
  • Client Recommends Marc Smith

    “I want to let you know what a fantastic attorney and human being you are! I first found you via the Internet after doing research regarding a possible employment dispute. I called a few other attorneys whose names I also found and you and your firm quickly rose to the top during my analysis. A k...
  • Client Recommends Marc Smith

    “Mr. Smith did a great job on my selective service waiver request to Office of Personnel Management. It is completely obvious that he is experienced and has great skills on the issue . He is very helpful, competent and respectful. He was the first attorney I worked with and I am completely satisf...
  • Client Recommends Marc Smith

    “Marc Smith helped me get a waiver for the Selective Service requirement (I did not know to register when I turned 18) so that I could accept a job in the federal government. I found Marc's website and called him frantically when my future employer was ready to rescind my job offer because of the...
  • Client Recommends Marc Smith

    “Very professional from the start. I noticed a sincere interest in what I was going through. May have thought winning the case was slim, but was willing to give every effort to see that I was compensated for all that I had been through. He went over and beyond what I had expected from a lawyer, e...
  • Client Recommends Marc Smith

    “Although I live on the west coast, I hired Marc Smith because he seemed to have a high level of expertise dealing with federal agencies. It was very easy to work with him remotely. He was clear and focused about following a specific strategy to deal with my exact issue...basically saying "do thi...
  • Client Recommends Marc Smith

    “Retaining Marc Smith for my employment discrimination case was a very good decision for me. I was a contract employee terminated as a result of disclosing a medical condition. After discussing my situation with Marc, he helped me understand my rights, the legal recourses available, and chances o...
  • Client Recommends Marc Smith

    “I retained the services of Marc Smith to help me with a Selective Service registration issue. I have been a Federal employee for 15 years, and it was shocking to me when I was notified there was no record of my registration. My status as a Federal employee was in jeopardy. It was an incredibly s...
  • Client Recommends Marc Smith

    “I am very fortunate to know Mr. Smith who helped me to have OPM ruled in favor of my federal employment eligibility regarding my status on failure to register with the Selective Service. Mr. Smith is a very honest and professional attorney, he told me what he could do and what he could not do as...
  • Client Recommends Marc Smith

    “I hired Mr. Marc Smith for OPM waiver for failure to register with selective service system on 31, December 2016. It was the best decision I have ever made for something. Mr. Marc has the best knowledge and expertise on this subject as an attorney. I got OPM waiver for SSS recently. I wish him t...
  • Client Recommends Marc Smith

    “I retained the services of Mr. Marc Smith when seeking a determination from OPM regarding my eligibility to be employed by the federal government. Marc was a complete professional through the entire process, very easy to work with and prompt with communication. He diligently responded to all my ...
  • Client Recommends Marc Smith

    “I have been an employee of Federal Government agency over 17 years. Recently was notified by my HR office that there's no record of my Selective Service Registrations. It was most shocking news. I felt devastated and hopeless and lost 20 lbs in last 3 months. After my substantial research I figu...

Representation Of Employers And Employees

The Law Office of Marc J. Smith, LLC is a boutique employment law practice based in downtown Rockville, Maryland near the Montgomery County Circuit and District Courts. The Firm’s practice focuses exclusively in the employment law arena and provides counseling, litigation and a wide range of other employment-related services to employers and employees throughout the State of Maryland, Washington D.C. and other jurisdictions. The Firm also represents individuals who have failed to register with the Selective Service System and who are trying to apply for or maintain federal employment.