W. Britton Smith, Jr. is the senior partner of Smith and Christensen, LLP. He started his career as a trial attorney with the National Labor Relations Board. Thereafter, Mr. Smith became an original partner in the Raleigh, North Carolina firm of Crisp, Bolch and Smith, where he developed a practice concentrating in employment, labor and the unique areas of corporate law affecting rural electric and telephone Cooperatives. Mr. Smith originated and taught NRECA's first courses on labor and employment law, and continues to be a frequent speaker at various industry events. Mr. Smith was also the creator and first editor of NRECA's Personnel Practice Pointers, a newsletter covering human resource topics.
Mr. Smith's practice extends to most areas of law that Cooperatives will encounter. He is General Counsel to Randolph Electric Membership Corporation in Asheboro, North Carolina, and to Sandhills Utility Services in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In addition to his corporate practice, Mr. Smith represents organized and non-organized Cooperatives in all aspects of law governing their labor and employment relations. He has negotiated labor agreements for Cooperatives in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Mr. Smith also handles union avoidance, grievances, arbitrations, de-certifications and litigation.
Mr. Smith is admitted to the North Carolina Bar, all Federal District Courts in North Carolina, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and the District of Columbia Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association and the Electric Cooperative Bar Association (ECBA). Mr. Smith maintains an AV rating in Martindale-Hubbell, signifying his reputation in the legal community for the highest levels of skills and integrity. (Click Here for more information about Martindale-Hubbell.)