Glenn J. Smith maintains a broad national and local practice representing employers of all sizes and coordinating their defense and strategic approach to all aspects of labor and employment law. Generally, Glenn engages in matters before the National Labor Relations Board, EEOC, DOL, multiple state and federal courts, and in matters involving employers and labor unions.
In particular, Glenn has vast experience and is heavily involved in:
- Collective bargaining, including large scale and multi-employer negotiations
- Strategic labor relations and planning, including plant closures, relocations, subcontracting and similar transactions
- Arbitrations and grievance administration
- Labor dispute management
- State and Federal strike, mass picketing, and injunctive labor litigation
- Unfair labor practice litigation and counseling
- Union avoidance
- Managing, overseeing and coordinating client representation for large regional and national entities
- General counseling
- Litigation strategy and management
Glenn also devotes substantial practice time to:
- Post employment restriction counseling and litigation
- Drafting employment agreements, policies and compensation arrangements
- Advice, strategy and arbitrations relating to Taft-Hartley benefit funds
- Wage and hour matters, including litigation management, audit defense and strategic compliance initiatives
Glenn regularly represents clients at bargaining tables, in labor arbitrations and in matters before the National Labor Relations Board. Additionally, he defends clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and in private lawsuits concerning discrimination claims, class actions, FLSA collective actions and matters involving post-employment restrictions. Glenn managed the defense and mediation of a multi-state, multi-million dollar class/collective action involving off the clock, incentive pay and related overtime compensation issues. Glenn has experience in the design, drafting, amendment and administration of employee benefits plans, including health, welfare, disability, retirement, 401(k), pension and Taft Hartley plans.
Glenn has developed particularized industry experience in general retail, food retail, wholesale distribution, warehousing, trucking, courier, overnight delivery, logistics, casino gaming and clinical laboratory testing arenas.
He is a core member of the Firm's Traditional Labor Law Practice Group, and a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Client Relations Advisory committees. He has been the Office Managing Shareholder of the Newark office since 2006 and helped to recruit many attorneys to the Firm’s offices in NJ, NY and Long Island. Glenn also serves on a number of the firm’s national client service teams.
Prior to joining Littler Mendelson, Glenn was the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of The Grand Union Company, a regional food retailer with annual sales of $2 billion. He concluded his employment there as President and CEO presiding over the liquidation of the entity’s assets. He also served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Duane Reade, a New York based pharmacy chain with 8,000 employees and annual sales of $1 billion. With both of these publicly-traded companies, he oversaw all legal areas of the enterprises and the compliance of the day-to-day human resource and labor relations functions. He was also Vice President and General Counsel of the metro division of C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., a national food wholesaler with annual revenues of $20 billion. Glenn relies heavily on his in-house experiences when developing strategies to assign and manage appropriate staffing to attend to the labor and employment needs of his clients.
Glenn began his legal career with a leading regional labor and employment firm in northern NJ, was recruited away for his in-house positions, and returned to his prior firm to become a shareholder. Prior to that, he was also an adjunct faculty member at Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business from 1988 until 1991, teaching the MBA program’s capstone course.