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Marion C. Smith*

Director of Employment Relations and Compliance

*Names that appear with an asterisk indicate a Michael Best professional not admitted to practice law.


Marion applies her extensive experience to a broad range of complex labor and employment and strategic planning issues, working with our lawyers on behalf of Michael Best clients.

Clients turn to Marion for comprehensive executive search services and placement for public and private entities, as well as targeted search services assistance in areas ranging from background and reference checking to preparation and negotiation of initial employment agreements.

She also provides comprehensive management training in areas ranging from best practices in hiring, evaluation, discipline, and termination to case law developments in personnel policies and practices, supervisory techniques, and avoidance of workplace harassment.


Marion helps clients develop:

  • Positive management and work environment strategies
  • Strategies for workforce reductions
  • Personnel policies and procedures
  • Strategies for handling employee performance and misconduct issues
  • Affirmative Action and Civil Rights Compliance plans and best practices for implementation                       

Marion draws on a nuanced understanding of both client operations and unique issues to craft solutions for clients involved in industries such as:

  • Healthcare
  • Higher education
  • Information technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Grocery
  • Nonprofit service agencies
  • Construction services and supplies
  • Printing and packaging
  • Moving and storage
  • Public sector entities
  • Aerospace
  • Hospitality and recreation
  • Banking and financial services
  • Religious institutions

Marion also writes and speaks frequently on labor and employment issues. 


Representative matters include:

  • Collective bargaining and contract administration, including preparation of contract proposals and contract analysis for enforcement and grievance handling; strike planning and control; serving as chief spokesperson for employers in negotiations
  • Representing employers in interest and grievance arbitrations, including serving as an expert witness
  • Investigating and resolving complex workplace misconduct charges
  • Labor and employment issues associated with the acquisition, subcontracting, and sale of business entities
  • Employee benefits issues, from disability claims to early retirement/employee severance agreements          
  • State and federal Affirmative Action implementation and compliance reviews
  • Proceedings before the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs(OFCCP); the National Labor Relations Board; the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission; the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; and the Equal Rights Division of the State of Wisconsin

Professional Activities

  • Past Board Member, TEMPO International
  • Past President and Board Member, TEMPO-Milwaukee
  • Member, Labor and Employment Relations Association
  • Strategic Advisor, Wisconsin Technical Colleges



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