Ellen Owens Smith

Labor & Employment


  • (501) 370-1578
  • esmith@fridayfirm.com
  • (501) 244-5379


Ellen Owens Smith is a partner in the Labor and Employment Litigation Practice Group.  Her practice is focused on representing employers in all areas of labor and employment law, including ADA, FMLA, Wage and Hour, Title VII, trade secrets and covenants not to compete. She also has experience representing property owners in suits involving compliance with the Fair Housing Amendments Act and the ADA accessibility provisions. Her practice includes not only representation of employers before courts, arbitrators, and administrative bodies, but also working closely with clients to ensure compliance with all applicable employment and civil rights laws.


Representative Clients

  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital
  • The Bilco Company
  • Fayetteville Public Schools
  • Little Rock School District


  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, J.D., With Honors, 1996
  • Northwestern University, B.S., Speech, 1988


• Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2017

Associations & Memberships

  • Appellate Court and Federal Practice Seminar, Discovery and Motion Practice, Little Rock, Arkansas, June 4, 2004
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Henry Woods Inn of Court
  • Pulaski County Bar Association
  • Recent Developments in Employment Law, Arkansas Bankers Association, Little Rock, Arkansas September 26, 2007
  • The Family Medical Leave Act in Arkansas, Employee and Employer Notification Requirements, Little Rock, Arkansas, June 12, 2007
  • VIPS, Little Rock School District
  • VOCALS (Volunteers Organization for Central Arkansas Legal Services)


  • Arkansas, 1996
  • United States Courts for Appeal for the Sixth and Eighth Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas

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