Brad Smith

Bradford J. Smith

Bradford J. Smith
+1 617 570 1256

Brad Smith, a partner in the firm's Employment practice, represents a variety of local, regional and national clients across many industries, including high technology, pharmaceutical, B2B, real estate, utilities, manufacturing, financial services and retail. His practice includes representation of clients regarding labor and employment matters arising in corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, financings and public offerings, as well as employment discrimination proceedings before state and federal courts and agencies, wrongful discharge litigation, noncompetition and wage-hour/misclassification litigation (including class action litigation), proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, labor arbitrations and actions arising under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. He has prevailed in state and federal courts at all stages of litigation, including successfully defending and obtaining injunctive relief, at trial, summary judgment, following trial and on appeal.

He counsels clients on employment-related issues such as employee discipline and termination, sexual harassment and other discrimination matters, development of affirmative action programs and personnel policies, compliance with wage-hour and classification regulations, development and enforcement of employee noncompetition and confidentiality agreements, and compliance with miscellaneous state and federal employment laws and regulations.

He is the Chapter Editor (MA, RI, NH and ME) for BNA’s 50-States Treatises on Covenants Not To Compete, Duty of Loyalty, Trade Secrets and Tortious Interference.


Brad’s recent representative experience includes:

  • Senti Biosciences in its debut as a publicly traded company
  • Aura Biosciences in its $75.6 million initial public offering
  • GeneWerk, an Ampersand portfolio company, in its merger with Protagen Protein Services
  • Cadent Therapeutics in its sale to Novartis for $770 million
  • Fiduciary Trust Company International in its acquisition of Athena Capital Advisors
  • SpringWorks Therapeutics in its $186.3 million initial public offering
  • Axcella Health in its $71.4 million initial public offering

Professional Activities

Brad is a member of the Boston and Massachusetts Bar Associations and serves on the Occupational Safety and Health Committee of the American Bar Association.




Boston University School of Law

(cum laude)


University of Pennsylvania



  • Massachusetts


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Recognition & Awards

Chambers USA states that clients praise Brad as “a great partner who is easy to access and calls you back, which is hard to get people at his level to do.”

Brad has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America Best Lawyers for his work in Employment Law - Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment 2022-2023.

Brad has been repeatedly recognized by Super Lawyers magazine, and repeatedly selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.


Brad’s recent publications include:

Brad’s recent speaking engagements include: